- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 2, 2009

PARIS (AP) | The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President George W. Bush in Baghdad last year had a taste of his own medicine Tuesday when he nearly got beaned by a shoe thrower at a news conference in Paris.

Muntadhar al-Zeidi ducked and the shoe hit the wall behind him.

“He stole my technique,” Mr. al-Zeidi later quipped.

The identity of the new shoe thrower - and his motivation - weren’t immediately clear, but he appeared to be an Iraqi. It was not known whether the intruder was a journalist or just pretended to be one to attend the news conference at a center for foreign reporters.

Whatever his motive, the confrontation didn’t stop there.

Mr. al-Zeidi’s brother, Maithan, chased the attacker in the audience and - what else? - hit him with a shoe as he left the room.

Muntadhar al-Zeidi, a TV reporter, became a hero to many opponents of the Iraq war when he hurled his shoes at Mr. Bush during a news conference in Baghdad in December 2008 while shouting: “This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq.”

He was wrestled to the ground by security guards, then tried and imprisoned for nine months before being released in September.

He became a hero throughout the Arab and Muslim world.

The Paris news conference was held so he could talk about his experiences.


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