Saturday, December 20, 2008

The "Shoe Intifadha": Playing with the Ayatollahs


One of the web sites I keep in my favorites is the official Iranian Fars news agency, where this morning during my daily news sampling I found this:

Senior Cleric Hails Iraqi Shoe Thrower

TEHRAN (FNA)- Tehran's provisional Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati on Friday hailed Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zeidi's recent shoe-tossing at the US President George W. Bush and said the "shoe Intifadha" should not be taken for granted.

"The shoe Intifadha in Iraq should not be overlooked easily. Well done to Iraqi journalist for throwing the shoes at the US President. His shoes should be kept in Iraq's political museum. The pair of shoes are more valuable than crowns, medals and signs," Ayatollah Jannati told large groups of Tehrani Friday prayers worshipers on Tehran University campus.

He suggested carrying shoes in all the anti-US demonstrations held in Iran and Iraq.

"The shoe hurling by Iraqi journalist had many messages which the world received them and Iraqi people too held demonstrations afterwards. People should support the Iraqi journalist," he added.

Well, personally I NEVER take a "shoe Intifadha" for granted (I ALWAYS carry extra shoes to EVERY anti-US demonstration I attend), but if he's only a "provisional Friday Prayers Leader," should we wait for the opinion of the guy who finally gets the job? I decided not to. At the bottom of every story on Fars is a little box to comment upon it. This was mine today:

This is all a just a Nike sales promotion. People who throw their shoes have to buy more. Once again, the Great Satan's infidels have snookered you.

I'll let y'all know if the Ayatollahs respond.


Anonymous said...

I realize now I should have signed it, "Team America."

chris horton said...

That's pretty funny.


ParaPacem said...

Thanks for the link. I wrote that the first time I visited a large zoo, I witnessed monkeys flinging handsful of their dung at one another, and siad that this is what the Iraqi's action reminded me of - an impotent little monkey flinging turds. I added that this is one reason that the rest of the world holds them in such derision. But again - I doubt I will have a reply.

jon said...

i beg to differ. hurling your shoes at the national socialist usurper of perhaps the last country with a glut of free minds in it is about as american as you can get.

it would be more appropriate to say that you "had to hurl your shoes in order to keep them on your feet" than claim it is for iraq, though: take some responsibility for your own actions.

Anonymous said...

Actually, the maker of the shoe is in Turkey. And he is doing quite well for himself.