Most of the guys were happy and they were talking about the bravery of the journalist who threw his shoes at the American president. When I tried to explain my opinion, I was trying to tell the guys that I don't agree with the way the journalist behaved, but I was attacked by everyone. One of them said "come on Laith, Bush destroyed Iraq". Another said "he deserves more" while a third one said "he is an occupier." I tried to tell to tell the guys that this is an insult for Maliki.
This guy doesn't think it was wrong to hurl a shoe at President Bush, this guy is most concerned the act might have been an embarrassment for Maliki.... more....
As a journalist who believes that his job is to find truth and defend it, I can't blame the journalist for hating the U.S. president because I agree with all the Iraqis (not to politicians of course) that Bush's policy destroyed our country.
Note that this "journalist" thinks there's a natural connection between his career (journalism) and hating President Bush. Sounds more like Keith Olbeman than a professional journalist. The hatred and bile inside McClatchy's Baghdad bureau will not be welcome news to alot of McClatchy subscribers.