The best part about blogging things a day or three after the news is that I don’t have to bore you with the back story.
By now you all read about the Iraqi journalist who threw a shoe at President Bush.
From a commentary at The Progressive,
Now I’m not for violence. But I am for standing up to bullies and brutalizers and mass murderers. That reporter had guts.
The irony in that paragraph is almost laughable. I say almost only because there is nothing laughable about the Iraq war.
I certainly am not so presumptuous as to say that the Iraqis should be grateful for the US invasion, but I do have to wonder whether this reporter “had the guts” to stand up to the bully, brutalizer, and mass murderer who ruled Iraq before the US intervened.
I’m going to have to say, probably not, based on the fact that he is still, you know, alive.
Or as they put it over at Ace of Spades, with their characteristic sarcasm,
Apparently the man and his family were arrested, his wife raped in front of him and then the entire family was thrown screaming into a wood chipper. Oh sorry, that’s what would have happened if this brave Iraqi patriot had tried this during Saddam’s reign.
I am not a fan of the Iraq war either, but let’s keep some perspective here, people. George W. Bush is not a brutal dictator.
Updated: Just for laughs…