FIGHT NIGHT  2:55 pm July 9, 2012

Jordanian Politician Forgets To Bring Human Shields To TV Debate

by Lisa Wines

This weekend, on live TV, Jordanian MP Mohammed Shawabka was debating former MP and political activist Mansur Murad. Name calling ensued. First, Shawabka called Murad a Syrian spy. Which is kind of true. Murad openly supports Syria and is the only Jordanian who has visited Assad and continues to bring delegations to Syria. He also is the guy, in January of 2003, prior to the March 2003 Iraq invasion by US forces, who called for volunteers to come to Iraq to act as human shields against US soldiers and claimed he already had 100,000 volunteers. Nice guy!

In response to Shawabka’s insults, Murad called Shawabka an Israeli Mossad agent and a vote-buyer. When Murad said, “May your father be cursed,” well, that was the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back. With lightning speed (must not have been wearing tie-up wingtips), Shawabka threw his shoe at Murad and then, for added measure, he pulled a shiny silver gun. In between refereeing, the valiant show host kept glancing off-camera for help but everyone must have been sleeping because the fight continued for quite a while until somebody woke up and switched to show credits. In the end, nobody was hurt, but Murad filed an attempted murder charge against Shawabka.

Where were Murad’s 100,000 human shields when he needed them?

 
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DrunkIrishman July 9, 2012 at 2:58 pm

A new NRA hero! STAND YOUR GROUND! THROW THAT SHOE! SHOOT TO KILL! AMERICA!

Wait, this is Jordan? A Muslim country? BOMB 'EM!

ChernobylSoup July 9, 2012 at 2:59 pm

"You're a spy for Canada." "Oh yeah, you're a spy for Mexico."

Just doesn't work as well.

Callyson July 9, 2012 at 4:05 pm

"You're a spy for the Soviets." "Oh yeah, you're a spy for Hitler."

/fixed

weejee July 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm

None spies for Tejas or Mississippi?

ChernobylSoup July 9, 2012 at 3:00 pm

If you're going to use a cliche, use it with confidence. No 'proverbials' needed in this neck of the woods.

actor212 July 9, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Shawabka must be counseled by Karl Rove

actor212 July 9, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Seriously, I've seen calmer debates on WWE television.

Baconzgood July 9, 2012 at 3:03 pm

I didn't know they had a version of Bill O'reilly in Jordan.

SoBeach July 9, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Dude pulls a gun and the other guy keeps going after him? I can't imagine ever being that pissed off.

Callyson July 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm

This is why I can never be a protester at a Tea Party rally…

Guppy July 9, 2012 at 4:53 pm

'Tis better to die showing foolish machismo than be seen as a coward on national television.

Negropolis July 10, 2012 at 3:08 am

Hell, if there is no where to run, you sure as hell better go after the gun.

La_Cieca July 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Okay, major kudos for the host. I mean, when was the last time you saw David Gregory stand off an armed pundit?

actor212 July 9, 2012 at 3:07 pm

In fairness, he'd probably do it long after O'Reilly, Hannity and Limbaugh have peed their pants.

coolhandnuke July 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm

"Newsroom" and Sorkin should take note and try to capture the sexual tension that exists on this set.

chascates July 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Well, Fox News producers? Gonna let some raghead outdo you?

actor212 July 9, 2012 at 3:08 pm

I sort of see this scenario playing out if they'd have Ron Paul and Mitt Romney debate one on one.

chascates July 9, 2012 at 3:20 pm

I was hoping for Ted Nugent versus all of the Fox News show hosts.

actor212 July 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm

I think he'd only screech at the women. Even Steve Doocy scares the Nuge.

Preferred Customer July 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm

You know what they say–never bring a combover to a gun fight.

SorosBot July 9, 2012 at 3:07 pm

The US hasn't seen such exciting debate since the caning of Charles Sumner.

el_donaldo July 9, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Your move, Greek neo-Nazis.

Baconzgood July 9, 2012 at 3:08 pm

(then what happened)

What usually happens when somebody pulls a shoe. Everybody ducks.

-Jake Gittes-

JustPixelz July 9, 2012 at 3:09 pm

"Crossfire!"

Weird. I didn't see any surveyor's marks on the other guy.

When asked, Mitt Romney said "that isn't the kind or language or pistol I would have used."

Preferred Customer July 9, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Shortly thereafter, Mitt Romney clarified that what he meant to say is that this is precisely the kind of language and pistol he would have used.

Lionel[redacted]Esq July 9, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Please, Allen West has been campaigning like this for years.

SayItWithWookies July 9, 2012 at 3:09 pm

I wanna see this guy debate Rick Perry.

Chick-Fil-Atheistâ„¢ July 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm

They speak the same language. Jesus.

ManchuCandidate July 9, 2012 at 3:12 pm

The Jordanian Way is a foot race to gun play compared to the Chicago way.

Fukui-sanRadioBarb July 9, 2012 at 3:15 pm

What you don't see is that the slightly pudgy gunless fellow had some skittles with him.

Maman July 9, 2012 at 3:16 pm

How wonderful. Jordan is totally free!!!!

ChernobylSoup July 9, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Things haven't been the same in Jordan since Queen Noor left the country and moved in with me.

Antispandex July 9, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Wouldn't have happened here on the high plains. Nobody pulls a gun, because the other guy is probably packing too.

CommieLibunatic July 9, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Please oh please let some Fox roundtable discussion end something like this.

Uh… with votes?

Nostrildamus July 9, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Watching that poor guy in the middle gave me flashbacks to when I ran a band.

Oblios_Cap July 9, 2012 at 3:26 pm

The chicken wire in front of the stage is there for your protection!

Nostrildamus July 9, 2012 at 3:28 pm

The audience wasn't the problem.

el_donaldo July 9, 2012 at 3:34 pm

You can talk to the Cro-Mags about that.

Baconzgood July 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm

It's supposed to say Spinal Tap first THEN puppet show.

BaldarTFlagass July 9, 2012 at 3:19 pm

They could sure use a couple of potted plants on their set. For the guests to take cover behind.

MissTaken July 9, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Zach Galifianakis has a couple of ferns they could keep in-between.

BaldarTFlagass July 9, 2012 at 3:22 pm

There's one thing I observed in my years of travelling that part of the world: Arabic is THE best language in the whole fucking WORLD to holler at someone when you're pissed off at them.

lisawines July 9, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Even when they're just casually chatting about their grocery list, there's a lot of HHHHGHHH, GHAAAGH AND HGIIIGHS! in there.

eggsacklywright July 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm

It was a translation error. Murad did NOT say, "Your mother is the son of a camel's whelp."

lisawines July 9, 2012 at 5:12 pm

No, he said, "You are the broken back of a proverbial camel."

MissTaken July 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm

If Ann Curry had pulled a gun on Matt Lauer a time or two she'd probably still be on Today.

ChernobylSoup July 9, 2012 at 3:27 pm

If she'd killed him I'd probably watch Today.

Oblios_Cap July 9, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Big Deal. I used to live im Tiawan. Those guys know how to debate.

elviouslyqueer July 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm

All right Alexis and Krystle. Back to your corners.

SorosBot July 9, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Maybe they can sort this out by calling on the Queen of Jordan – "It's my way 'till payday!"

MissTaken July 9, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Ham.

Guppy July 9, 2012 at 4:57 pm

She can have any way she pleases as far as I'm concerned.

SorosBot July 9, 2012 at 6:50 pm

(Wrong Queen of Jordan there)

Guppy July 9, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Personally, I like mine better.

Baconzgood July 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm

I didn't catch a word of that. It's like they are speaking a different language.

widestanceromance July 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Say 'hello' to my little footwear.

Goonemeritus July 9, 2012 at 3:40 pm

In the end I’m sure they both just agreed to disagree and went off and had a nice diner.

ttommyunger July 9, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Talk about balls! The guy with no gun was fucking relentless. He either has a death wish or his veins run with ice water. That snubby would have stopped his clock easy at that range.

mavenmaven July 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm

The NRA has quickly filed a motion to demand the right to carry arms to television studios, movie theatres, and elementary school plays, since you clearly may need to defend yourself.

SoBeach July 9, 2012 at 3:54 pm

They say an armed society is a polite society. Maybe if the guests on our political gabfest shows were packing they would be polite to each other like they are in Jordan.

mrpuma2u July 9, 2012 at 3:48 pm

If this would happen every once in a while on "Face the Nation", their ratings would SPIKE!!!

ASHLEIGH_Joe July 9, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Honestly, I suspect Crossfire would have gotten way higher ratings if it involved actual crossfire.

Fuck Toad July 9, 2012 at 3:54 pm

So what I'm getting here is that the human shields thing is a bad thing, that the "nice guy!" is sarcastic, right? Because it is bad to try to keep America's brave Warfighters ™ from turning some Arab heads into goop, with a gun? Is this our Wonket's new editorial stance?

lisawines July 9, 2012 at 5:19 pm

The way I envisioned it was sending lambs to slaughter – like old-time war when each side charged each other, knowing that the guys in front would get mowed down. If you see it differently, let me know. (No snark intended)

Chick-Fil-Atheistâ„¢ July 9, 2012 at 3:55 pm

All I heard were a bunch of furriners. Someone please reduce this to "the guy with the gun was the conservative", and I'll be happy.

mrblifil July 9, 2012 at 3:58 pm

They're both going to be on Leno tonight.

Toomush_Infer July 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Well, hell, I thought this was in Texas…..

Lazy Media July 9, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Smith and Wesson Model 60! Good choice. When it comes to sneaking a pistol into a studio, nothing does the trick like a S&W J frame. USA! USA! USA!

reasonbran July 9, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Glenn Beck's eyes are aglow with new ideas.

fuflans July 9, 2012 at 10:10 pm

love the non-equity theatre worthy tv set.

horsedreamer_1 July 9, 2012 at 10:15 pm

This is good news for the 24-7 Spyz.

valthemus July 10, 2012 at 12:27 am

Rockports are the new Beretta!

Negropolis July 10, 2012 at 3:03 am

Your move, Texas…

You don't bring shoes to a gunfight, senor.

Negropolis July 10, 2012 at 3:09 am

You wish. lol

WIDTAP July 10, 2012 at 8:01 am

Is this not why we need conceal and carry permits for all politicians?

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