The Shoe Chucker and the General

            The General is a sweet and to the point poem by Siegfried Sassoon.  This poem reminded me of the infamous shoe assassin.  I am referring to the incident that occurred in Iraq on a glorious mid December day; the odd-job like assault attempt on President Bush by Muntar al-Zaidi.  A basic run down of the scenario is that President Bush was addressing the Iraqi press and Muntar in a fit of rage threw both of his shoes a Bush narrowly missing. 


            This international incident started very similarly to the beginning of the poem


‘Good-morning; good-morning!’ the General said


            Probably similar to the gibberish Bush spat out with a Texas accent.


“When we met him last week on our way to the line./ Now the soldiers he smiled at are most of ‘em dead,/ And we’re cursing his staff for incompetent swine.


            So far it seems pretty accurate.  Muntar more then likely lost friends and loved ones during the invasion and he describes his act as


“a natural response to occupation.”


Sassoon’s poem goes on to say


“He’s a cheery old card,’ grunted Harry to Jack/ As they slogged up to Arras with rifle and pack/ But he did for them both by his plan of attack.


            The similarities are astounding.  Bush does seem like a “cheery old card.” Bush makes up words on the regular which has to be fun, spent 40% of his presidency on vacation, and he definitely did Iraq in with his plan of attack.  Bush caused this one man so much hatred because he was the ‘General’ that he threw his shoes at him.  Once again just like the story Muntar is SOL just like Harry and Jack because he was sentenced to 3 years in prison for throwing a shoe.  The case is being appealed but in the court of public opinion he has already won with 60% of Iraqis considering him a hero.  So in summation, who throws a shoe? Honestly!


Shoe attacker on the BBC


One Response to “The Shoe Chucker and the General”

  1. Aaron Musk Says:

    How funny was the shoe assassin! I saw it on the news when it happened and they made such a big deal about it. It really did not seem like that big of a deal to me, i mean, we all know everyone was hating George W. Bush at the time. He is in an area where no one likes what he did to the country and the decisions that he made. The guy ended up getting like 4 years in prison for assault of a foreign dignitary or something like that. It would almost be worth it to be famous for something so controversial and cool. There was also a giant bronze shoe statue built in Iraq honoring the act committed by the reporter. The government ended up making them dismantle it calling it a dishonor to a great leader. Well anyways, this was quite an absurd article to go with such an absurd act. I can not blame the guy for standing up for what he believed in, at least he did not try to shoot president bush or be a complete pussy and blow him up for Allah!

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