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The Emperor's News Clothes (or Bil Kundara* America)

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The Emperor's New Clothes (or Bil Kundara* America) *a threatening remark involving the potential use of a shoe

Our strutting, imperial president paid his farewell visit to Iraq where he appeared with puppet, Nouri al-Maliki, not expecting to find himself under attack.

He stood in front of the world's TV cameras and pontificated at a press conference podium "The work hasn't been easy, but it's been necessary" he said, thus exposing America as the world's moral colon

with this flippant dismissal of four million refugees and the destruction of an entire society, the erasure of the beginnings of Western Civilization and the taking of more than a million Iraqi lives

by means of his aggressive and illegal war on a non-threatening, essentially unarmed nation. And then Bush got as close as he'd ever come to confronting the reality of one of his failures.

As this genocidal, sociopathic Upper Class Twit was doing a rhetorical backstroke in Iraqi blood, he was given a final and fitting tribute in the universal language of television.

A young, Iraqi journalist introduced him to one of the Middle East's most well-known customs which exposed the indecency of George W. Bush like Joe Welch did to McCarthy and his Commission.

While world journalists still refuse to ask the questions which would skewer Bush with his own callous charade, he stood up and with the courage of his convictions threw his shoes into George W. Bush's smug face.

He yelled "Ya kalb!" calling Bush "You Dog!" treating the occupier to a souvenir of his victory, not a shower of flowers from grateful Iraqis, but a shower of shoes from Muntather al-Zaidi.

This is the farewell kiss, you dog. This is a gift from the Iraqis, he went on. This is from those who were killed in Iraq, from the injured, the widows and the orphans.

Bush ducked the first shoe and in seconds Muntather had fired off the other aimed just above Bush's head, it hit the American flag, and brought a whole new meaning to the term "shoe bomber".

In most Middle Eastern countries, the shoe is seen as an object of dirt, pollution and disrespect and can be used to insult or to denigrate someone and millions the world over share this same contempt

for this miserable, draft-dodging chicken hawk who has conducted his War of Terror and atrocities from the distant safety of his Washington Offal Office for eight years and made it seem to us like eternity.

And while protected by billions in military technology, still he stood exposed, not as emperor, but as fool, and he proved he was no match for a man without a weapon, armed with only the truth and two of his shoes.

Overnight Muntather al-Zaidi became one of the most beloved people on the face of the earth, and even in America the man who humiliated the president is more popular than George W. Bush himself.

Please go to uruknet.info and click on either "Sacred Shoe" or "The Hero Who Made Bush's Head a Playground for His Shoes" to sign a petition for the release of this courageous young man. Thank you.

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Vi's works appear widely both in print and online. She conducts Poetry Workshops and gives readings in Central New York. Her latest chapbook is "Sine Qua Non Antiques (an Arcanum of History, Geography and Treachery).
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Vi, thank you for articulating the message of the ... by Edip Yuksel on Friday, Dec 19, 2008 at 11:58:45 PM
... don't stop, you're on your way to bein... by Mystic Wizard on Saturday, Dec 20, 2008 at 10:00:44 AM
Bush needs more then shoes thrown at him, but yes ... by Sleeper on Saturday, Dec 20, 2008 at 1:41:32 PM
Since I can find no contact info for you, I hope y... by Vi Ransel on Monday, Dec 22, 2008 at 7:24:01 AM