Planting a Tree in Honor of ….

After a deep sleep, valour of Muntazir Zaidi is awakening the Muslim world. It’s time to honour our real heroes who’re not our celebrity leaders but ordinary people like most of us.

Muntazir Zaidi, the Iraqi Journalist by throwing his shoes at Bush, has written a new chapter of courage and resistance in these depressed times.

To pay tributes to Muntazir Zaidi a tree will be planted on his name by the citizens of Islamabad at Car Parking of Savour Foods, Blue Area, Islamabad, 2:00 p.m. (sharp) Thursday, 18 December 2008.

Come one – come all.

Whooops … missed by good 40 minutes :s

15 Comments so far

  1. wkhang on December 18th, 2008 @ 5:07 pm

    Yep, After a Deep Sleep :{, but what about us, are we still sleeping ?

    http://air16.blogspot.com/


  2. sceptic on December 18th, 2008 @ 7:39 pm

    "Awakening"? I thought the act being celebrated was the height of rudeness and impropriatory.

    Saddam ruled the Iraqi for decades through his oppressing dictatorship but there was not a mummer. He killed thousands of Shiite Arabs of marshes; gassed and poisoned Kurds with impunity. There was not a peep by any Zaidi. Imagine, what Saddam would have done to such torchbearer of “awakening”.

    It would be awakening only when Shiite and Sunnis stop killing each other; only when civilians – men, women and children – are not killed by suicide-bombers seeking a ticket to heaven at the altar of the innocent; only when human lives are respected; when human rights are respected; when women are treated equal; when differences are resolved with civility.

    Awakening does not come by throwing shoes. New chapter of courage will start when we dare to become fair and objective in correcting our own faults, not by insulting others even if it were Bush.


  3. kabirdas on December 18th, 2008 @ 8:01 pm

    I do not condemn what Zaidi did. However, I do not disagree with what sceptic has said either. Such is my state of uncertainity. Goiem Mushkal o Na Goiem Mushkal or in English you can say ‘To be or not to be’.


  4. ڈفرستان کا ڈفر (duffer) on December 18th, 2008 @ 8:26 pm

    No, missed by 44 minutes
    and was it a joke or really an even like that was arranged?
    if it was arranged, i really missed :(
    but tell you there is a youth gathering at F9 park regarding US Atttacks on Pak tribal areas, on 20th of dec
    this demands a post at islamabad metro blog
    ___________________
    http://www.dufferistan.com


  5. Talha Masood (thandak) on December 18th, 2008 @ 9:12 pm

    Did any of our reader go?


  6. kabirdas on December 19th, 2008 @ 12:48 am

    @ Talha Masood (thandak) on December 18th

    No!! We are drawing room agitators. We don’t go out for such an activity particulary when it is hot or cold, rainy or cloudy, sunny or windi etc. It happened to be cold today. We will go some other day some other time when our coscience is awake and so are we. Wait for us till then if you can wait that long.


  7. kaami on December 19th, 2008 @ 2:25 am

    I detest Bush as much as any body, he is the one who didn’t finish the job in Afghanistan and sent the badly needed troops to a screwed up war in Iraq.
    Obama will surely sent them back again but I am afraid that might be too late, back then the Talibaans had their tail between their legs.

    But I am also tired of this typical Pakistani ummah mentality:

    Sarey jahan ka dard hamaray jigar mein hey!

    Ok! the whole world saw it, some enjoyed it and some shrugged it off, and that’s it. It’s an Iraqi matter, let them deal with it. No need to plant trees and go overboard.
    We have our own troubles and have wasted too much time on foreign causes. I have travelled a lot and have yet to come across a country muslim / non-muslim that is so much politicised and interested in international affairs. People around the world have enjoyed the moment and moved on, they have better things to do, like work.

    Begaani shaadee mein Abdullah diwana.


  8. A for [pine]Apple (asmamirza) on December 19th, 2008 @ 2:14 pm
  9. khanum on December 19th, 2008 @ 5:32 pm

    i love islamabadiey for this. :)

    i just hope he learns of it and appreciates it too. there’s nothing wrong with things like these, why not partake in it, it’s pretty symbolic?

    BUT:
    i think the last thing we should be doing is encouraging shoe-throwing and the likes within pakistan, we’re on rocky waters as it is – our situation is very, very different to iraq’s. and right now only diplomacy can work,(unfortunately).

    i also agree with kaami’s comment to an extent.


  10. khanum on December 19th, 2008 @ 5:34 pm

    i sound like i contradicted myself;
    whilst i back the shoe-throwing, i dont like how as soon as it happened pakistanis started passing comments around as to how we should replicate this in the country by trying it on zardari et al. that’s what i meant.


  11. wkhang on December 19th, 2008 @ 11:26 pm

    I view this world as one huge house, we should be worried and work into our room but also we cant ignore whats going on into other room….

    right ???


  12. kabirdas on December 20th, 2008 @ 5:16 pm

    @ kaami on December 19th.
    You say: "Begaani shaadee mein Abdullah diwana"
    KD says: Agar Abdullah kee apni shaadee na ho rahi ho to os baycharay nay kissi kee shaadee maiN to diwana hona hee hay:-)


  13. kabirdas on December 20th, 2008 @ 5:19 pm

    @ wkhang on December 19th.

    RIGHT !!!———more or less.


  14. kabirdas on December 20th, 2008 @ 7:15 pm

    Following extracts from the article ‘Muntazar Al Zaidi my hero’ written by Dave Lindorff, a Philadelphia based journalist and columnist and author of the book ‘The Case for Impeachment’ may be of interest for the subscribers of IMB.

    "Al Zaidi, who paid for his courageous act of protest by being brutally beaten by security guards, is a hero of the profession. He stopped taking the president’s BS and called him what he is: a murderer and a criminal, with the blood of perhaps upwards of a million Iraqis on his hands. Al Zaidi used what was supposed to be a staged photo-op for the president as an opportunity to speak up for those whose lives have been ruined by this president — the ones our suck-up journalists routinely ignore."

    "My suggestion is that the press corps use the remaining five weeks of the Bush administration to develop a new relationship with the presidency — one in which they drop all the phony propriety and tradition and start acting like boisterous newshounds of old, barking questions, laughing cruelly at inane answers, demanding follow-ups when they are given the run-around, and, where necessary, walking out, or perhaps tossing the occasional shoe."

    " Meanwhile, I’m suggesting that my alma mater, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, hire Al Zaidi to teach a class in press conference journalism techniques. They should make it a multi-year appointment, because if he left after just one year, his would be difficult shoes to fill."


  15. kaami on December 22nd, 2008 @ 7:08 am

    @kabirdas

    The irony is that whilst we have great interest / knowledge about what is happening in various parts of not only Ummah, just another day a friend of mine mentioned to me that Zimbabwe is the next US target, and I said, "What the heck!". In sharp contrast we are oblivious of the hordes of termites that are eating up our country from inside.

    True Iraq was a blunder and it provided breather to the terrorists and another screwed up justification, for the Bush and Neo-Cons are eternally guilty, But as far as Pakistan is concerned 9/11 was blessing in disguise, otherwise, the fanatics were almost there.



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