Iraqi Shoe Thrower Gets 3 Years in Prison
To throw or not to throw: The shoes, aimed at Bush, felt round the world
Muntadar Al Zaidi hurled one, then a second shoe at Bush this past Sunday in Baghdad, where the self-styled "war president" showed up at a press conference alongside Nouri Al Maliki (right, at podium), Washington's puppet prime minister of U.S.-occupied Iraq
Bush ducked as the footwear projectile headed his way
Security men immediately surrounded Bush and the Iraqi prime minister; Bush quipped that the flying shoes were "a size 10"
The Iraqi journalist who threw shoes at then-President George W. Bush was convicted Thursday of assaulting a foreign leader and sentenced to three years in prison, lawyers said. He defiantly shouted "long live Iraq" when the sentence was read.
Muntadhar al-Zeidi's bold act in December electrified many across the Middle East who consider him a hero for expressing his anger at a president who is widely disliked for his decision to invade Iraq in 2003.