Even the most spontaneous acts of democracy, upholding civil liberty and resulting in an international wave of popular support can lead to pain, strife, grief and hate. Democracy really is endangered – also, sky is blue and water is wet.

al-Zaidi, exercizing his rights as a citizen; pre-torture

al-Zaidi, exercizing his rights as a citizen; pre-torture

As reported early this morning, our new symbol of freedom, Iraqi journalist Muntader Al-Zaidi (also known as the Shoe Tosser) is currently detained in the Camp Cropper prison (managed by the American forces) where he has allegedly been a victim of torture. Iraqi  TV channel al-Sharqiya announced that Al-Zaidi is in a difficult condition, with signs of tortures on his thighs. In an interview to the BBC, his brother said Muntadar sustained a broken hand, broken ribs and internal bleeding, as well as an eye injury.

The 28 years old journalist was allegedly “severely beaten” by security officers as he was dragged out of the conference room.  Bush commented: “That’s what people do in a free society, draw attention to themselves”. I wonder if freedom implies being in a cell controlled by a foreign, unlawful presence practising gross human rights violations. Maybe getting the two confused was the reason for all the trouble Dubya caused since his 2000 election.

Now let’s implement said civil liberties supposedly pertaining in our free societies. Let’s draw attention to ourselves. Let’s draw attention to al-Zaidi. Let’s draw attention to this rampant, fucking hypocrisy. That’s what people do in free societies: drawing attention to their basic, fundamental rights. Call us crazy.