The Iraqi journalist who infamously threw his shoes at then-President George W. Bush says his country still faces the war’s ramifications. 48-year-old Muntazer al-Zaidi still lives with his wife and daughter in Iraq, according to theworld.org. His entire life was changed on December 14, 2008, when he threw his shoes at the President during a visit by the President to his country. When he made that move, he stated: “This is a farewell kiss from the Iraqi people, you dog,” and “This is for the widows and orphans and all those killed in Iraq.” The video of him throwing his shoes at the President was broadcast throughout the planet, and it made a name for the reporter at the time. It was something that people didn’t necessarily expect to see, and they were shocked that he was able to get as close as he was to the serving President at the time. [tweet_embed]March 18, 2023[/tweet_embed] The reporter was arrested after the press conference when he threw his shoes at him. He says that the Iraqi security forces tortured him while he was detained. He now says media outlets in his country have blacklisted him because no one wants to be associated with someone considered anti-American. He said: “Even the ones who say they hate America, they are afraid to confront this fact.” Zaidi still has a devout following of fans who stand by him even fifteen years after he first splashed onto the scene. He says he feels the U.S. has stayed the same since then. He said: “How can I forgive?” and “These people have done these atrocities against my brother, my neighbor, my father, and they haven’t at least apologized, nor [are they] going to trial and they’re still free at large.” He pointed to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and said: “the whole world now is weeping for Ukraine, but we were under occupation, and no one was even supporting us. Some of them were even supporting the Americans and if they were not, they just kept their mouths shut.” Zaidi feels that people are still ignoring the issues in Iraq and that it is something that people can brush to the side.