This week, Muntadar al-Zaidi, the Iraqi journalist who gave voice, or rather foot to all of our feelings when he hurled his shoes at Bush Jr. last year, finally had his day in court. Neo-con's always maintained that we were in Iraq in part to free the Iraqi people from the tyrannical rule of Saddam Hussein. Replacing him would be a democracy with respect for the rule of law, not the rule of him. Add yet another lie to the fire. Mr. al-Zaidi was sentenced to 3 years in prison for? Not his "attack" on Bush, but for embarrassing Prime Minister Nouri al-Malaki, who was standing beside Bush at the time.
It was clear to me, and I think anyone who had fairly looked at the situation, that Saddam Hussein was no risk to the United Sates or the west at all. There was only one thing he wanted to do: continue to rule Iraq. He would do anything he felt he needed to do in order to maintain his control on that country. The idea that we needed to remove him for our safety was false from the beginning. He didn't have WMD's and that was apparent even as the administration made every effort to distort the evidence to their ends. Add to the other lies upon which this misadventure was based this new one. There is no respect for the rule of law in Iraq.
Mr. al-Zaidi was sent to prison for three years for making a political statement (one I'm sure many of us wish we had had the balls to make ourselves). This was not a violent crime any more so than what this protester in Britain did. The message couldn't be clearer: do not cross the powerful in Iraq, or they will use the legal system against you.
This may sound familiar. It appears instead of turning Iraq into a western-style democracy, we've turned it into a Russian-style democracy.
Comments to Joe Hubris.