December 17, 2008 CNN
From The Cafferty File:
The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President Bush during a press conference in Baghdad went before a judge last night. A source at the Iraqi Central Criminal Court told CNN he will likely be charged with assaulting a foreign head of state.
According to wire reports, Iraqi law dictates that he could face seven years in prison. And whether you agree with the war in Iraq or not, it probably saved this man’s life. If he had thrown his shoes while Saddam was in power he likely would have been executed on the spot.
Instead he was arrested and promptly put in jail. Thousands of Iraqis are calling him a hero and are rallying for his release.
When asked by CNN’s Candy Crowley yesterday what should happen to the man, President Bush said authorities shouldn’t overact. He called the incident an interesting form of expression and added that it’s part of the free society emerging in Iraq.
The man will stand trial, perhaps as early as next week, and reportedly be represented by a lawyer who said he will file a request to have his client released on bail.
Here’s my question to you: What’s the appropriate punishment for the man who threw his shoes at President Bush?