Apparently the evil tentacles of Dick Chaney still reach deep into the Iraqi prison system. Muntazer Al-Zaidi, the Al-Baghdadi journalist who thought it would be cute to fling his shoes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmt2_wyDKJI at President George Bush, is scheduled for early release from prison today. The family has selected Al-Zaidi’s brother Uday as their spokesman, and he claims that Shoe-boy was tortured while in confinement. Wasn’t there another famous Iraqi named Uday? http://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/03/world/after-war-uday-qusay-funeral-for-hussein-sons-call-for-death-america.html
According to this Uday:
“ Mr al-Zaidi was imprisoned at an Iraqi military compound at the former Al-Muthana Airport in Baghdad. Uday said that his brother was burned with “cigarettes behind his ears, (and) had his ribs and nose broken”. He said that the torture was the result of Mr al-Zaidi’s refusal to write and sign a letter of apology to Mr Bush and to the Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, who was standing next to the President during the incident.“When Muntazer called me this morning he sounded very broken because the prison guards would not let him call us for ten days.”
Apparently regular phone service is expected to be included with each Iraqi prison package. There was no word from UK Times reporters whether the local airport http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/04/23/murtha.airport/ was yet another built with funds secured by Haditha http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7przeLpl2s shill, Jack Murtha and named in his honor.
Uday indicates that the Iraqi Thom McCan will head
“for physical and psychological treatment in Greece.”
“He will not go into politics, contrary to what has been said in the past.”
“He wants to do something to help the Iraqi people,” Uday said.
Lord knows, going into politics seldom helps anybody.
Whatever direction the right-handed loafer hurler chooses, we offer him some simple, helpful advice to avoid those pesky cigarette burns:
Keep your shoes on, Munty.