The Irony of Freedom

This is rich:

There has apparently been a groundswell of support among Arabs after Muntazer al-Zaidi, a 29-year-old  Iraqi TV journalist for the Cairo-based satellite channel Al-Baghdadia, threw his shoes at President Bush on Sunday during the press conference for his trip to Iraq.

Yelling that it was the “farewell kiss” of Iraqis, and calling the president a dog, al-Zaidi committed an act considered to be the supreme insult in Arab culture.

Al-Zaidi reportedly got a good roughing up for his deed from Iraqi police and remains in custody, facing up to seven years if convicted of attacking a foreign leader.

But while the Iraqi government called on his employers to apologize for the act, apparently planned for months, the Al-Baghdadia news agency responded with a statement demanding al-Zaidi’s release “in line with the democracy and freedom of expression that the American authorities promised the Iraqi people.”

It added: “Any measures against Muntazer will be considered the acts of a dictatorial regime.”

What an indication of how little Arabs understand the connection between freedom and the rule of law.  Jailing someone for an act of physical violence against a visiting head of state makes the Baghdad government a dictatorship?

So Al-Zaidi is essentially invoking “free speech” rights – provided to them by America … so they can assault the American President.

Decent thoughts here:

Pretty certain the late Saddam Hussein, and/or his sons would have first raped and tortured Al-Zaidi’s family, and then sent them one-by-one through an industrial paper shredder. But that’s neither here nor there…

But wait – it gets richer (from the L.A. Slimes):

In the few seconds it took Iraqi journalist Muntather Zaidi to wing a pair of shoes at President Bush, the Middle East got its own version of Joe the Plumber.

Someone at the LAT failed their journalism SAT:


Mark Steyn on the Europeanization of America, Soft Tyranny, Free Speech, Union Votes, Taxes, Barack Obama, Plumbers, etc…

Here’s some great audio (in two segments) from an interview between Mark Steyn and Mark Levin. They cover a huge range of topics, as the post title suggests. Funny, and informative – Give it a listen:

So happy to have Mark Steyn back on the scene.

Canada vs. Free Speech – Mark Steyn Acquitted

Congrats to Mark!

The panel has concluded that the complaints are not justified because the complainants have not established that the Article is likely to expose them to hatred or contempt on the basis of their religion. Therefore, pursuant to s. 37(1) the complaints are dismissed.

Buy America Alone and read it (Paperback is only about 12 bucks now):

Or, at least – listen to his summary lecture on it below:

Great Moments in Free Speech