Following are excerpts
from an interview with Muntazer Al-Zaidi, the Iraqi journalist who threw
shoe at US President Bush, which aired on Dream 2 TV on June 12, 2010.
When I entered the press conference, I knew full well that I would leave
as a martyr. I removed my ring, gave it to the photographer, and told
him to give it to my brother, Maytham – because I was sure that I
was going to be martyred there. I recited the two shahadas: "I
bear witness that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is His
messenger." All that time, I didn't know what was going to happen
– perhaps the worst. I told myself that it was for the sake of Allah,
and that it was a sacrifice for all the martyrs – to the dead, the
rape victims, and the orphans.
What I was thinking about
was how Bush killed the Iraqis. That's when I threw a shoe, and it missed
him. I said to him: "This is a farewell kiss from the Iraqis, you
dog!" I apologize for uttering this word on TV, in front of your
was the first shoe?
Yes. The first one missed him, and I hurled the second shoe at him.
Unfortunately, the second one did not knock him down either, but he
did bow before the Arab shoe!
I am just a simple man
– not a hero – as I said when I left the press conference. I am
not a leader, a commander, or anything. I am just a simple man, but
this thing just came out of me. How many geniuses do we have, how many
commanders, and how many heroes? Let's get things off our chests, and
throw it at our enemies.
Just imagine, if 20 Arabs,
out of 300 million Arabs, were to say: "What can we do in order
to restore the honor of the nation?"... Just 20 Arabs out of 300
million... Just imagine what would happen. As I keep saying to people,
"I am not a legend, nor a leader. I am an avenging Arab citizen."
did you buy the shoes that you threw at Bush?
Don't you know?
Is it essential to know?
knows to this day.
I mean, is it essential to know?
I bought these shoes... I have a photo, but I will keep it for the future.
I have a photo of me wearing those shoes, when they were new – only
a few days old. In the background was the annual Cairo book fair, February
you buy the shoes in Cairo?
In Cairo, in Al-Arish Street.
Al-Arish Street, I think. Now I remember.
Important, of course.
is the first time we are hearing this. It is important, because we are
Egyptian, and we should be proud that those shoes, which you hurled
at Bush, were, at the very least, bought in Egypt. This in itself is
a source of pride for Egypt.
With regard to Bush's bloodthirsty nature, several foreign journalists
asked me, after the earthquake in Haiti, about the fact that Bush had
gone there as if he was a "peace activist." I said: Believe
me, Bush did not go there for the sake of human rights or for the victims.
He went there because he missed the smell of blood, and the stench of
destruction that he wreaked on Iraq. So he went there to get a whiff
of that smell, because he is a sick man.
your view, Obama is not very different from Bush, even if he wraps the
actions of the US in false humanitarian wrapping.
We have a saying in Iraqi Arabic – and I'm sure the Egyptian brothers
living in Iraq know it. "Away goes a white dog, and along comes
a black dog." They are the same, except for the color. Away goes
a white US president, and along comes a black president. They are no