It’s important to note that in the Middle East it’s a very vile insult to call someone a dog. I don’t know why, but it is. It’s also a sign of the utmost contempt to throw your shoes at someone. Combine these two facts together with the video clip from CNN below and you’ll see why it’s so significant. In Iraq over the weekend a journalist threw his shoes at President Bush while yelling that it was a farewell kiss and calling him a dog. Check it:
Back when the war started one of Bush’s mantras was that we had to win the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people. I’d say that he pretty much failed in that goal. There’s a lot of other people in Iraq who would like to throw their shoes at Bush and, I’m willing to bet, quite a few here in America as well. This one journalist has become a hero to a lot of people with that small act of defiance. Bush is probably lucky they were only shoes.