• This is the 1st I have heard of this but NO!
  • Of course not, that is heading into sentencing for murder territory.
  • No I believe he should stay for a month man get angry I'm sure Bush has been angry once in his life at one person so angry that he wanted to throw a shoe at that person. I mean he didn't shoot him or anything, it was just a shoe no big deal!
  • Maybe he should just for missing his target. No, of course not. But then he isn't in one of our courts.
  • No way. What about all those people who only get 5yrs for murder? The court system is really messed up
  • Nope, he should be given an official pension for the rest of his life and retire, perhaps making the occasional lecture tour.
  • If it is a crime then he has to do the time! But 15 years does seam extremely harsh! A couple of months should suffice, just to prove a point.
  • How about a medal?
  • 15 years is entirely too much to serve for such a minor offense. I think he should have been fired for not doing a professional job and made to make a public apology to the president of the United States and that should be the end of it.
  • 15 years? For throwing a shoe at someone? That's so ridiculous.
  • Okay... lets think about this... This man threw a shoe... How many innocent children have died as a result of the war George Bush started to search for his mystical WOMD's? How many years jail is Bush receiving? I say we let it slide. It was just a shoe.
  • It seems like alot but before Mr. Hussain was removed he would have been shot and drug through the streets.
  • No. Never. 15 years is too high. I support he should be punished but not so long.
  • well, he should get the punishment for what he did. However I don't think anyone will get 15 year sentence for throwing a shoe at someone. That is totally stupid and insane.
  • I think he should reciev an award he did what alot of Americans were afraid to do.
  • He knew what he was doing, what is the point of making a stand if there is no risk of retribution? Anger is not a justifiable defence. Whether or not we high five him (I know I did), the law is the law. He won't get the full sentence though, fifteen years is the maximum sentence, he will probably be out in about 4years or less. A public apology would be pointless and meaningless, I would rather do the time than apologize.
  • Nope! And if you'd like to throw a shoe at him, have at it! (Hope this link still works! :)
  • Nah. 9 1/2 E years at the most.
  • 15 years just for throwing shoes? WOW..... Thats like getting 25 years just for cracking gum... And no I dont think he should because if I was the journalist, I would have done the exact same thing.
  • I think he should get 15 days - at a luxury resort and spa! He had the balls to do what many of have wanted to do over the past eight years!
  • Hell no, maybe probation or a very light sentence. It was just a shoe, Bush lived and it was a good laugh. I wish more politicians got embarrassed on national t.v!
  • Certainly not. "On January 29, 2009, A monument of a shoe was erected in honor of Muntadhar al-Zaidi in a orphanage in Tikrit. The orphans helped to build the structure. On January 30, 2009, the monument that was erected in honor of Muntadhar al-Zaidi was taken down after requests from the central government. Iraqi police visited the location to make sure that the shoe monument was removed. "We will not allow anyone to use the government facilities and buildings for political motives," Abdullah Jabara, deputy governor of Salaheddin argued. Faten Abdulqader al-Naseri, the orphanage director, said "Those orphans who helped the sculptor in building this monument were the victims of Bush's war. The shoe monument is a gift to the next generation to remember the heroic action by the journalist." On February 19, 2009 al-Zaidi told the Baghdad Central Criminal Court that he acted spontaneously after listening to Bush praise the "achievements" made in Iraq: "While he was talking I was looking at all his achievements in my mind. More than a million killed, the destruction and humiliation of mosques, violations against Iraqi women, attacking Iraqis every day and every hour. A whole people are saddened because of his policy, and he was talking with a smile on his face - and he was joking with the prime minister and saying he was going to have dinner with him after the press conference. Believe me, I didn't see anything around me except Bush. I was blind to anything else. I felt the blood of the innocent people bleeding from beneath his feet and he was smiling in that way. And then he was going to have a dinner, after he destroyed one million martyrs, after he destroyed the country. So I reacted to this feeling by throwing my shoes. I couldn't stop the reaction inside me. It was spontaneous." Reaction Al-Zaidi has been described as having been "embraced around the Arab world." Al-Zaidi found support from his employer, thousands of protesters in Iraq, some Iraqi politicians, people in Syria, a charity in Libya, and from "around 200 lawyers" including some U.S. citizens. Al-Zaidi's action was criticised by the government of Nouri al-Maliki. After the incident the office of Nouri al-Maliki criticised al-Zaidi's action and "demanded" an on-air apology from Al-Baghdadia TV.[33] Al-Baghdadia TV issued a statement demanding al-Zaidi's release: Al-Baghdadia television demands that the Iraqi authorities immediately release their stringer Muntadhar al-Zaidi, in line with the democracy and freedom of expression that the American authorities promised the Iraqi people on the ousting of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. ... Any measures against Muntazer will be considered the acts of a dictatorial regime. In Tikrit a copper statue of 3 meters height was dedicated to his action as a monument. It has his shoe's shape and an honouring poem as an inscription. It was designed by Laith al-Amari. A computer game based on the incident named Sock And Awe was soon developed in which the player throws shoes at Bush's ducking head and tries to hit him in the face with them as many times as possible within 30 seconds." Source and further information:

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