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December 18, 2008 at 11:31 AM

The journalist shoe thrower

Not exactly a hero

It is interesting that the shoe-thrower of Iraq had the courage to do what he did. However, I doubt if anyone in Iraq could get away with expressing their freedom of opinion by wearing an “I Love Bush” T-shirt.

— Orion Hughes, Shoreline

Let’s see it

While outside his actual purview, outgoing President George W. Bush should consider pardoning the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at him and convince the Iraqi government to reduce the man’s punishment to the equivalent of a misdemeanor.

As part of his pardon, the president could express his understanding for the passion with which the Iraqi people care for their country and the frustration of having U.S. troops still on their soil.

He could ask for patience to allow the new president to strategically downsize the military presence in Iraq. If he felt compelled to justify his actions, he could point out that only in a more democratic Iraq could such behavior be permitted. This presumes of course that the man hasn’t been severely beaten, as some fear.

Bush rode in on a horse called “compassionate conservatism.” As he now rides off into the sunset of his presidency, maybe we can catch a glimpse or two of what he intended.

— Barry MacLean, Gig Harbor

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