The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at former US President George W. Bush in 2008 commented on his running for parliament in the upcoming elections in Iraq, during an interview in Baghdad on Wednesday. Muntadhar al-Zaidi explained how he was forced into exile after the incident, then returning to Iraq where he was incarcerated and tortured with his brother, forcing him into exile again. «I... Еще thought, I had to change the miserable state of affairs in Iraq,» he said. «With regards to the George Bush incident, I did not and will not—let me say—I will not exploit it. I will not make use of it for the sake of Muntadhar al-Zaidi, it is for the sake of Iraq,» he added. «History recorded that when the American invaders invaded Iraq, some Iraqis were on their side, but the Iraqi people beat them with shoes.» In December 2008, Muntadhar al-Zaidi threw his shoes at Bush in protest against the US invasion during a press conference in the Iraqi capital. “This is a goodbye kiss from the Iraqi people, dog. This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq,” al-Zaidi had shouted at the time. He was then sentenced to three years in prison and served nine months, before moving to Beirut and Europe. He only recently returned to Iraq.