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More Than Words

December 16, 2008

Ralph Peters is right. The shoe incident in Iraq showed one thing (besides that President Bush has quicker reflexes than his security detail):

When an Arab heel aimed those shoes at our president, it showed the world the extent to which Bush loosened the laces of Middle Eastern tyranny.

If an Arab journalist had thrown his shoes at Saddam Hussein or one of his guests, the tosser would’ve been beaten, then tortured, then killed. Today’s Iraqi government is considering whether the man should be charged under the state’s democratically validated Constitution.

Bush won. Even if shoe-thrower Muntadar al-Zaidi (who works for an Egypt-based media outfit) walks out in his stocking feet and becomes a hero to dead-enders, he unwittingly showed what a great thing has been accomplished in Iraq.

I bet Middle Eastern TV stations (with the exception of Iraq and Israel) played the video of Bush ducking those shoes with glee – and with the caption: “Don’t try this at home!”

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