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A Rare Lapse of Etiquette from Code Pink

By on 12.15.08 | 3:10PM

The press release of the day from everyone's favorite break-into-congressional-hearings-and-scream-to-end-the-war group:

In solidarity with an Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at George W. Bush at a Baghdad press conference Sunday, peace activists will gather outside the White House with bags of shoes representing Iraqis and U.S. soldiers who have died since the Bush Administration's illegal invasion of Iraq.

They aim to show support for Iraqi journalist Muntader al-Zaidi, who hurled his shoes at President Bush while he spoke at the conference on his "surprise" visit to discuss the war. Al-Zaidi is currently being held by Iraqi police and questioned on his actions. The peace activists are calling on the Iraqi government to release al-Zaidi without charges and have set up a fund to support him and his family."

"It's outrageous that al-Zaidi could get two years in prison for insulting George Bush, when Bush is directly responsible for the deaths of 1.5 million Iraqis and 4,200 U.S. troops, and 5 million displaced Iraqis," says Medea Benjamin of CODEPINK. "The one who should be in jail is George Bush, and he should be charged with war crimes."

Anti-war activists were rather fond of shoes even before Mr al-Zaidi's act of incredible courage and irregular-object-hurling. Walk by the left-wing cafe Busboys and Poets in Washington and you can still see a massive glass container of baby shoes that Code Pink collected to symbolize all the kids "murdered by the Bush regime" in Iraq. Regular Americans might not share their thrill in an act of pointless violence against an outgoing president. But when's the last time they paid attention to Code Pink?

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