Muntazer al-Zaidi considers what he did when he threw his shoes at President Bush as exercising his freedom of expression, in opposing and rejecting the occupation, which has brought misery to Iraq.
His actions were solely targeted at President Bush to tell him that he rejects the occupation and all that it stands for in Iraq, in particular, in light of the inhumane way that Iraqi prisoners have been treated by the American forces.
Al-Sa'adi also confirmed the reports from al-Zaidi's brothers that the journalist had been badly beaten:
There are visible signs of torture on his body, as a result of being beaten by metal instruments.
Medical reports have shown that the beating he was subjected to has led to him losing one of his teeth as well as injuries to his jaw and ears.
He has internal bleeding in his left eye, as well as bruises over his face and stomach. Almost none of his body was spared.