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Today, I received, by email, the video of the Iraqi journalist throwing his shoes at George Bush at a press conference in Baghdad about 20 times. My friends/colleagues were gleeful at the humiliation suffered by our Liar in Chief.

I have to say, the video made me smile, too…but I understand the Iraqi's anger all too well. I occasionally get a comment from someone that I am too "angry," and how can I bring peace to the world when I can't even bring peace to myself?

First of all, I am at total peace with myself. I can look straight at myself in the mirror knowing that I have done everything humanly possible to bring the people to justice that murdered my son and so many others: I have sacrificed relationships, my health, my monetary resources; camped out in front of his Texas pig-farm in very hostile conditions and I even ran for Congress against Nancy Pelosi who refuses to use her power to hold BushCo accountable. If there is more that one person can do, I sure don't know what it could be.

I am not only angry that BushCo killed my oldest son, my best-friend, my darling Casey, but I am super-pissed that the Bush regime has killed or injured tens of thousands of our troops; millions of Iraqis and Afghans and destroyed two countries for nothing but greed for money and power. I am angry that our country is teetering perilously on the brink of economic collapse and millions of our brothers and sisters have lost their jobs and homes because of the Robber class, led and supported by BushCo. I often wonder what it would take to anger my materialistic and easily distracted neighbors and detractors.

I have met with the president and I know how many checkpoints, metal detectors, physical inspections and other extreme security measures one goes through. There is no way any lethal weapons would get through, but throwing shoes is a perfect non-lethal way of showing the "most powerful" man in the world how much contempt one has for him.

Of course, George and his entourage would have to pay "surprise" visits to the countries he has devastated. If his visits were announced, some advance planning could be done and he may have to face more than shoes. I was in Cuba last week and I have traveled the world and if George Bush isn't the most hated man in the world, I can't imagine who it would be. If he does not have to go to a prison with bars, barbed wired and impenetrable brick walls, at least he will be confined to a prison of his own construct, not being able to travel freely as the World's Enemy #1.

The shoe incident is not so funny though when you know the frustration and sorrow that prompted it. I don't know anything about the journalist who did it, but I suspect he has had family members killed and sees his country in ruins for the lies of the man who is the face of US imperial violence, to him. Standing next to his puppet, Maliki, George actually had the gall to say that the invasion and occupation of Iraq were, "hard, but necessary."

I am surprised he wasn't deluged with shoes.
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Cindy Sheehan is the mother of Spc. Casey Austin Sheehan, who was KIA in Iraq on 04/04/04. She is a co-founder and President of Gold Star Families for Peace and the author of two books: Not One More Mother's Child and Dear President Bush.

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Meanwhile, here in San Francisco, the 83 percent o... by Wendy Nelson on Monday, Dec 15, 2008 at 12:53:59 AM
What, specifically, is your beef with Cindy? We kn... by Richard Volaar on Monday, Dec 15, 2008 at 5:50:21 AM
????Please enlighten.... by Richard Volaar on Monday, Dec 15, 2008 at 7:30:12 AM
... so much so that you can go around trashing a w... by Mr M on Monday, Dec 15, 2008 at 8:55:06 AM
Wendy Nelson,Peace upon Cindy as she has dedi... by aberamsay on Monday, Dec 15, 2008 at 6:26:34 AM
Well if soap truly does cure a foul mouth, I sure ... by Wendy Nelson on Monday, Dec 15, 2008 at 9:16:09 AM
... to see that list of accomplishments. Come on W... by Mr M on Monday, Dec 15, 2008 at 10:11:26 AM
Who let the trolls out?... by Kathlyn Stone on Monday, Dec 15, 2008 at 11:29:36 AM
Cindy,December 14th of each year and for years and... by aberamsay on Monday, Dec 15, 2008 at 8:35:55 AM
is my new hero. In this world of rendition and tor... by Paula Sayles on Monday, Dec 15, 2008 at 2:33:09 PM
Paula Sayles,You are welcome to turn the idea into... by aberamsay on Monday, Dec 15, 2008 at 4:28:28 PM
Thanks for posting this Cindy.   The Ameri... by Steven G. Erickson on Monday, Dec 15, 2008 at 10:48:35 AM
I have some old shoes around here somewhere, perha... by Roger on Monday, Dec 15, 2008 at 11:39:47 AM
Let's start a shoe campaign and send off milli... by Markus Still on Monday, Dec 15, 2008 at 12:27:12 PM
I live in Georgia where the moisture rots leather,... by William Whitten on Tuesday, Dec 16, 2008 at 12:41:47 AM
Cindy,You are preparing the draft of Bush's fa... by aberamsay on Monday, Dec 15, 2008 at 1:16:18 PM
May shoes be thrown at Bush where ever he travels!... by August Adams on Monday, Dec 15, 2008 at 3:31:36 PM
We must honour and embrace our pain and anger as m... by Fleur on Monday, Dec 15, 2008 at 3:32:07 PM
Bush has been doing this all his life and he is an... by Lance Ciepiela on Monday, Dec 15, 2008 at 4:28:01 PM
I'm with you, Cindy, 1000%! And thanks for doi... by Nick van Nes on Monday, Dec 15, 2008 at 5:20:38 PM
Most interesting is Fox's take on the situatio... by Nick van Nes on Monday, Dec 15, 2008 at 6:59:40 PM
If this reporter had tried this stunt in Iraq 10 y... by Scott on Monday, Dec 15, 2008 at 9:44:02 PM you.  You are a fool.Any war or confli... by Richard Volaar on Monday, Dec 15, 2008 at 10:57:51 PM
Go ahead lick the soles of the boot of authority a... by William Whitten on Tuesday, Dec 16, 2008 at 12:46:37 AM
"now back to this is a comment for Scott.... by William Whitten on Tuesday, Dec 16, 2008 at 12:49:01 AM
And the theory you just espoused ranks up there wi... by Scott on Monday, Dec 15, 2008 at 11:38:01 PM
Are you so very sure of that Scott? I mean the cla... by William Whitten on Tuesday, Dec 16, 2008 at 12:56:14 AM
Since I paid no money whatsoever for the psych eva... by Scott on Tuesday, Dec 16, 2008 at 8:06:54 PM
Well Scott, As you have certainly concluded, I am ... by William Whitten on Tuesday, Dec 16, 2008 at 10:55:31 PM