My friend Iraqi-American Haider Ajina sent this tip from the Iraqi press today.
A major Iraqi news source “Aswat-Aliraq” is speaking out against the shoe-chucker Muntadar al-Zeidi.
This goes hand in hand with the other articles published this week denouncing the hooliganism of al-Zeidi.
BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq – The written apology sent by famous Muntather al-Zaydi, a local TV reporter who threw a pair of shoes at U.S. President George W. Bush at a press conference in Baghdad a few days ago, to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will not affect the trial and the investigation, a closed source said on Friday, noting that al-Maliki has only the right to give up his personal right.
“Al-Zaydi presented a written apology o al-Maliki, asking him to pardon him, reminding him that he visited him at his house in 2005 to make an interview with him,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq, asserting that the apology will not affect the trial…
…Zaydi is considered one of the journalists outspokenly criticizing the presence of U.S. forces in Iraq. He had written several reports opposing the U.S. military presence in the country.
To Iraqis, the incident represented a major insult to the U.S. president.
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You probably won’t see that reported at CNN.
It doesn’t go with their Bush loathing.