Wednesday, December 17, 2008


Palestinian militants step on a poster depicting President George W. Bush during a protest in Gaza December 16, 2008. The protest, organised by popular resistant committees, was held in solidarity with Iraqi TV reporter Muntazer al-Zaidi, who threw his shoes at Bush on Sunday.
REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

I dunno....maybe they're just doing the hokey-pokey in the photo?

Just how thin-skinned are those raised in Arab/Middle-Eastern cultures? So people who don't like my president are stepping all over his picture.....AND? Is that supposed to make President Bush or his supporters so riled up they declare crusade or something? Just because they consider using shoes to express themselves as some "grave" form of insult, is their problem; not ours. I can print out my own photo and walk all over it. Doesn't mean a thing to me. Am I being culturally insensitive?

It's their AK-47's and homicide bombers I'm more concerned about as a means of expression. Burn effigies, step on photos, throw darts at it...who are you hurting? If we stepped on a photo of their leaders with our shoes (or on a likeness of Mohammed), would that be a "crime" severe enough to warrant our death? This is the same culture that breeds riots in the streets over Danish cartoons, calling for the execution of a school teacher over a teddy bear being named "Mohammed" by school children, or perceived offenses in a speech, leading to the death of a nun who even in agony and pain of death, said of her Islamic militant killers, "I forgive"?

Grow some thicker skin, leave the 7th and 14th century, and join 21st century civilization.

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Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Not gonna happen. Which is precisely why this is going to be a HUGE and violent issue with Islam against the West for decades to come until one or the other are eliminated.


Thursday, December 18, 2008 5:55:00 AM  
Blogger Tapline said...

Word, I think the thing that irritates me the most is, this president has tried to get and agreement with these wacko's since he has been in office, sometimes to the detriment of our true friends and they try to insult our whole country...Get a life....stay well....

Thursday, December 18, 2008 7:32:00 AM  
Blogger shoprat said...

What else do you expect from those people? This reflects them and not us.

Thursday, December 18, 2008 4:35:00 PM  
Blogger Chuck said...

Substitute American troops and a picture of Mohammed. Untold numbers would die in the riots.

To be clear, I am not advocating desecrating a religious figure and do not think it's quite the same.

The point is, respect is earned and until people like this learn to act civilized, we should isolate them.

Of course, starting in January, we will do nothing but apologize for all that we have done to them and spend the next four years trying to make it up to them.

Thursday, December 18, 2008 5:58:00 PM  

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