Sunday, December 21, 2008


Rupert Murdoch's London Sunday Times knows how to structure the lede to inflame the rabble:

Bush attacker 'incensed by bullet-riddled Koran'

THE young Iraqi journalist who hurled his shoes at President George W Bush had been incensed by a story he covered about an American soldier who used a copy of the Koran for target practice, according to his family.

..."He talked incessantly about the subject," recalled his elder brother Uday....

Ho ho ho ho! What a silly raghead!

Oh, and, yeah, there was also all of this:

It was one of a number of assignments that appear to have radicalised Zaydi during his brief journalistic career.

"The war changed Muntathar's psyche as a result of the horrific scenes he saw, as well as the cruel tragedies, which led to the scene we all saw at the press conference," Uday added.

In three years at the station Zaydi witnessed many scenes of carnage, including suicide bombings and sectarian killings, his brother said. "But the incident that made Muntathar cry most was the story of Abir, the daughter of Mahmoudiya."

... In 2006 five American soldiers raped and killed 14-year-old Abir Janabi in Mahmoudiya, south of Baghdad. They also shot dead her mother, father and seven-year-old sister. Four of the soldiers have been tried; three were sentenced to life imprisonment and the fourth was jailed for 27 months. The fifth, who had left the army, will be tried in a US civilian court early next year.

... During the invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein in 2003, he fled with relatives to Diyala, a province north of Baghdad, and narrowly escaped an American airstrike that killed a family in a house nearby....

Deeply serios Boston Herald editor Jules Crittenden links to this with a snicker, and tosses in a link to a post from another blogger that essentially says all terrorism is Muslim. Robert Spencer's deeply serious Jihad Watch also makes note of the story and links to a post at Weasel Zippers, which offers this helpful comment:

I wonder how he'll react when he finds out I use the Koran to wipe my ass after taking a shit?.....

OK, let's play What If. Imagine for a moment that a cult leader in a compound in Texas is breaking weapons laws, and is further believed to be committing unspeakable crimes against innocent people. A raid is conducted against his compound by a Democratic president. The cult leader is eliminated -- but with massive loss of life, including the lives of many of the innocents.

Sounds kinda familiar, no?

OK, now imagine an extra twist: disgusting secular-humanist FBI agents under the aegis of the Democratic president and attorney general decide to grab a few of the cult leader's Bibles and put 'em up on fenceposts for target practice -- y'know, just to relieve a little stress.

Think our pals on the right would have shrugged that off?

Oh, yeah, I'm sure.


Meanwhile, The Guardian reports that the shoe-thrower was severely beaten in custody and may lose sight in one eye. Nice.

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