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Art Imitates (Surreal) Life — Shoe Attack Sculpture Unveiled

While it's probably not the tribute liberator George W. Bush expected, a sculpture inspired by the journalist who threw his shoes at the ex-President has been unveiled in Iraq. Hundreds of people gathered this past Thursday to see the giant shoe, which appropriately enough has a bush growing out of it.

The piece of art, which also includes a poem praising the journalist, is located in the gardens of a foundation for children whose parents have died as a result of the US invasion. Meanwhile, the journalist, Muntadar al-Zaidi, still sits in jail, awaiting trial and a potential 15-year sentence.


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stephley stephley 7 years
Shadow, I love your clarity.
stephley stephley 7 years
Shadow, I love your clarity.
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 7 years
Good article pequena. I guess it substantiates the idea that there are children (of some of the 3,000 U.S. soldiers needlessly killed) who can look to the Bush Administration to settle their own revenge for (not an attempt) but the needless self-serving slaughter of their parent(s) simply to satiate Bush's gluttonous appetite to settle his own personal vendetta at apparently any cost....including a nation.
pequeña pequeña 7 years
"Perhaps the shoe now symbolizes something bigger than the man who threw it." It certainly does. This article clarified to me a lot of things about the Bush-Saddam relationship: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/30/AR2006123000663.html?
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 7 years
UnDave, even though Saddam was a mass murderer, it wasn't up to the United States to singlehandedly put a stop to him, but it was up to the United States to protect its country from the calculated terrorism implemented by Osama bin Laden ~ therein lies the atrocity of the Bush Administration.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
I put that in there specifically because you didn't mention the people who came into Iraq and strapped explosive devices to themselves and set them off in crowded areas with the goal of killing as many civilians as they could. You make it sound like we went into Iraq with the goal of killing civillians, which is untrue. Yes we made mistakes, but that happens in war. Things never go as planned. You aren't perfect, no one is. Saddam was a murderer. We have the mass graves to prove it.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
I put that in there specifically because you didn't mention the people who came into Iraq and strapped explosive devices to themselves and set them off in crowded areas with the goal of killing as many <b>civilians</b> as they could. You make it sound like we went into Iraq with the goal of killing civillians, which is untrue. Yes we made mistakes, but that happens in war. Things never go as planned. You aren't perfect, no one is.Saddam was a murderer. We have the mass graves to prove it.
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 7 years
"Blaming Bush for the terrorist attacks in Iraq is similar to blaming America for the deaths caused by Germany during the occupation of France." ...Heh. I never mentioned terrorists UnDave. You did. And of course, Americans NEVER cause any collateral damage, right? And Bush's original justification for the war (found to be utterly false, then under the guise of "freeing" the Iraqi people went in anyway).....and of course being that these people just went thru hell, why, they should be feeling 100% grateful to you, the average American who most likely, in his lifetime, won't get anywhere near the kind of situation these people just endured. How silly of me to forget. Saddam was a jackass, and a better statue could be found. But it doesn't change the fact thise whole thing was a catastrophic mess, rife with problems from the get-go, and people WILL be upset about it. Course its gone now, seeing as freedom of speech in Iraq only applies as long as it doesn't offend Bush....
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 7 years
"Blaming Bush for the terrorist attacks in Iraq is similar to blaming America for the deaths caused by Germany during the occupation of France."...Heh. I never mentioned terrorists UnDave. You did.And of course, Americans NEVER cause any collateral damage, right? And Bush's original justification for the war (found to be utterly false, then under the guise of "freeing" the Iraqi people went in anyway).....and of course being that these people just went thru hell, why, they should be feeling 100% grateful to you, the average American who most likely, in his lifetime, won't get anywhere near the kind of situation these people just endured.How silly of me to forget.Saddam was a jackass, and a better statue could be found. But it doesn't change the fact thise whole thing was a catastrophic mess, rife with problems from the get-go, and people WILL be upset about it.Course its gone now, seeing as freedom of speech in Iraq only applies as long as it doesn't offend Bush....
NouraBee NouraBee 7 years
any one know where on earth is the show man??
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
Just think: 100 years from now some Iraqi kids will be taking a trip to see the shoe and saying "Daddy, why is there a giant shoe sculpture?" "Well son, it all started when a journalist threw a shoe at the president of the United States. There used to be a statue of Sadaam Hussein but this was more monumental than that."
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
Just think: 100 years from now some Iraqi kids will be taking a trip to see the shoe and saying "Daddy, why is there a giant shoe sculpture?""Well son, it all started when a journalist threw a shoe at the president of the United States. There used to be a statue of Sadaam Hussein but this was more monumental than that."
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
"But...these kids - someone's CHILDREN, their daughters, their sons....had no chance to dodge the bullets, the bombs, the grenades, the war that marched through their young lives and ended them abruptly."Blaming Bush for the terrorist attacks in Iraq is similar to blaming America for the deaths caused by Germany during the occupation of France.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
"But...these kids - someone's CHILDREN, their daughters, their sons....had no chance to dodge the bullets, the bombs, the grenades, the war that marched through their young lives and ended them abruptly." Blaming Bush for the terrorist attacks in Iraq is similar to blaming America for the deaths caused by Germany during the occupation of France.
Bookish Bookish 7 years
Is there a translation of that poem? Part of me hopes it's a limerick, that starts off-"There once was a man from KadushWho threw both his shoes at a Bush"Because it would be the crazy icing on the absurd cake.
Bookish Bookish 7 years
Is there a translation of that poem? Part of me hopes it's a limerick, that starts off- "There once was a man from Kadush Who threw both his shoes at a Bush" Because it would be the crazy icing on the absurd cake.
Grandpa Grandpa 7 years
Ilook at those that glorify that shoe throwing with joy as the Iraqi equivelent of "Code Pink"
zeze zeze 7 years
"Fatin al-Nassiri says Iraqi police told her the statue had to be removed from the orphanage in Tikrit because government property should not be used for something with a political bias." I am so glad to see Iraq is already moving in the right direction, look at the logical and legitimate reason they give for the removal, as opposed to the old days where you move it b/c the police said so! (not that you would ever have a chance to make a statement like that) Another thing I should point out, is that this "tribute" to orphans was built in Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's hometown....so I'm sure the people who cam up with this impassioned idea really care about orphans.
zeze zeze 7 years
"Fatin al-Nassiri says Iraqi police told her the statue had to be removed from the orphanage in Tikrit because government property should not be used for something with a political bias." I am so glad to see Iraq is already moving in the right direction, look at the logical and legitimate reason they give for the removal, as opposed to the old days where you move it b/c the police said so! (not that you would ever have a chance to make a statement like that)Another thing I should point out, is that this "tribute" to orphans was built in Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's hometown....so I'm sure the people who cam up with this impassioned idea really care about orphans.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 7 years
This shoe ranks slightly lower on the RS (Ridiculous Scale, for those of you not in the know!) than the fact that people on this site can say bi tch but not ret.arded. :oy:
KJerabek KJerabek 7 years
ridiculous.
KJerabek KJerabek 7 years
ridiculous.
janneth janneth 7 years
I got a kick out of this.
janneth janneth 7 years
I got a kick out of this.
starangel82 starangel82 7 years
Interesting.
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