Will The Cost of Shoes (or Throwing Them) be Less in Switzerland?

@roberten (3134)
United States
January 20, 2009 6:40am CST
This poor guy can't win for losing! G.W. seems to be a magnet for misery wherever he goes and he sure brought the anger out of this sad soul: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7836816.stm For his sake I hope he gets out of Iraq like really soon....
3 responses
@xfahctor (14111)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
20 Jan 09
The thing I'm having trouble understanding is, I thought this guy was considered a "hero" in Iraq. This is how they treat their "heros"? I'm confused. why would a hero need asylum? Strange indeed. the shoe throwing, though rude was funny, I have to admit that. If I'm in a bad mood, I go and watch the video a few times, always good for a chuckle.
• United States
20 Jan 09
Keep in mind the reaction of the people when he threw his shoes, although delayed, they threw him down on the floor and started screaming at him.
@roberten (3134)
• United States
20 Jan 09
Iraq is trying to save face in the eyes of the international political realm; they surely want to be preceived as a forwardly progressive nation who will protect any and all visiting foreigners, and especially leaders. The single actions of this man called into question their political acceptance on an international scale. He should have been thinking outside the box and realized that his local heroism may have been applauded but would carry international concequences leading to imprisonment. As much as they may agree with his feelings on Bush, politically they would have to ensure his actions be sternly punished in order to retain legitimacy as a newly reformed nation. All that political stuff aside, I still feel for the guy; I just wouldn't want to be him right about now.
@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
20 Jan 09
I think he expected to be treated like a hero by his own people for assaulting Bush. Although comical, he did assault a foreign leader. He would get punished for it here as well. Prisons in other parts of the world do have a harsher environment than what they have here in the US. Mistreatment is something that happens frequently and not just because he did this. His brother keeps insisting that he got subjected to all kind of mistreatment in prison and suffered great injuries, yet, the lawyer and the guy himself, as well as journalists who managed to talk to him, provide a different picture. Now the lawyer suddenly makes some hype about it, lol. Lets face it. He thought he'd be a hero and wouldn't be punished, or at most just get a little slap on the hand for being a naughty boy. Now he sits in jail, doesn't like the conditions but has to keep face and insist on the rightfulness of his political statement although I think he apologized for what he did. Now that he realizes his own people don't really care much... And he ruined his career as well. I mean which self-respected media outlet will hire him when he is a potential ticking time bomb... he also immediately be axed off the list of acceptable journalists by security for any event he might want to cover.. No matter where he goes, he won't be a journalist anymore unless he wants to report on how the grass grows;) I don't think this asylum seeking is for real anyway. It's a cry for attention and a way to try and pressure the Iraqi government to let him out of prison. Lets face it. Switzerland is regarded as a neutral place and doesn't get involved in international politics. They rarely accept asylum seekers. He literally has no chance of being accepted, especially after what he did. He doesn't suffer from political persecution. He is being prosecuted for assaulting somebody, a criminal act whose persecution he brought upon himself by his own free will. If he would have thrown a shoe at a fellow Iraqi he would sit in jail, too. I don't feel sorry for him. Yes, it was kind of funny. Yes, Bush didn't get hurt. But, no, he knew what he was doing, he knew it was a criminal offense, he knew there is a punishment for that... he simply thought he wouldn't get it and is unhappy he is rotting in the horrible Iraqi jail system and is not regarded as the hero he wanted to be. This shot in the dark at a Switzerland asylum is nothing more than a desperate attempt to bring attention to his situation. And in itself, that is comical, too;)
@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
20 Jan 09
Oh, and the cost of shoes is definitely more expensive in Switzerland. That's one expensive place to live in. As for throwing them at a foreign leader... well, the prisons are nicer and the treatment is supposed to be nicer, too;)
@roberten (3134)
• United States
20 Jan 09
jonesy123, I think you are the real journalist. LOL! You know you're right but I still feel really bad for the guy because he's the one holding the short end of the stick-be it his own making. This is just a case of exceptionally bad judgment that resulted in extreme punishment, although deserved under law. This is one bed he's made that he'll have to lie in for a good little minute. The positive aspect is that he probably won't be slinging anymore shoes at anyone-well, at least for a little while. I don't see any way out for this guy; I think you've called it as it is. Sometimes apologies just aren't enough; if you do the crime, you gotta do the time.
@baileycows (3669)
• United States
20 Jan 09
I thought it was funny. I don't think Bush really knew what the crap was going on. And did you see it when he threw the second one. It was like crazed. LOL! Although impolite it was kind of funny I have to say.
@roberten (3134)
• United States
20 Jan 09
His act of flinging his shoes at the Pres. was very comical but there is nothing funny about the severity of his punishment. I would leave too.