A bronze-colored fiberglass shoe sculpture erected in front of a children’s orphanage in Saddam Hussein’s home town of Tikrit, Iraq has been dismantled and thrown out a day after it was erected. The Salaheddin Provincial Joint Coordination Center ordered its removal.
Salaheddin Deputy Governor Abdullah Jabara told CNN, “We will not allow anyone to use the government facilities and buildings for political motives.”
The sculpture, which was about 12-feet high, was erected to commemorate the insulting action taken by an Iraqi journalist. During a press conference last December, the reporter took off his shoes and threw them at President George W. Bush, shouting, “This is from the widows, the orphans, and those who were killed in Iraq.”
The orphans helped to build the sculpture. “Those orphans who helped the sculptor in building this monument were the victims of Bush’s war,” said Faten Abdulqader al-Naseri, the orphanage director. “The shoe monument is a gift to the next generation to remember the heroic action by the journalist.”
Like the American Left, Mr. al-Naseri chose to use the term “Bush’s war” to describe the United States Military’s action to liberate 25,000,000 Iraqis from the despotic grip of a murderous thug. Now that the children have accomplished the work of erecting a monument to ingratitude, they can meditate on the gift of freedom that enabled them to express themselves in this way. They can also give thanks to “Bush’s war” and the US military for the provincial elections being held in their country on January 31, 2009.