I am still feeling good about the incident and would like to be in Muntadar's shoes for a moment of madness that worth every second of it. If I were Muntadar at that precious moment, I might be trembling and would only imagine of throwing the shoes.
Bush was here in Dubai early of the year that made the whole city standstill and chaotic for his security.
After eight years of the presidency of George W. Bush, the American leader was finally brought to heel in Baghdad by a single Iraqi journalist. By lobbing his shoes at the US President, Muntadar Ali Zeidi struck a size-10 blow for all those who have opposed the invasion and occupation of Iraq.
Perhaps Bush can blame faulty intelligence for not knowing that shoes of mass destruction were hidden in Iraq. Were Al Qaida operatives behind the plot? Was an axis of evil at work? Will the US meet violence with resolve in defence of all freedom-loving people?
"All I can report," Bush quipped of the incident, "it is a size 10". Somehow, that's probably one of the most intelligent things he has said in eight years.
"In many parts of the Arab/Muslim world, the owner of that high-flying footwear has quickly become something of a hero. Arabs will always remember the shoes hurled at Bush as symbolizing their deep frustration with his failed policies." (Reuters)
'This is a gift from the Iraqis, this is the farewell kiss, you dog!' Al Zaidi shouted just before he chucked his shoes" at Bush. As he threw his second shoe, he shouted out: "This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq!" In response, Bush quipped: "All I can report is that it is a size 10...." (Reuters video clip of the incident here.)
On the significance of footwear in the Arab/Muslim world, whether it high-flying or stationary, the BBC notes: "In Arab culture, it's considered rude even to display the sole of one's shoe to a fellow human being. Certainly, crossing one's legs ankle-on-knee style should never be done in a public place for fear of offending the person next to you. The sensitivity [about feet and footwear] is related to the fact shoes are considered ritually unclean in the Muslim faith."
Thus, "[i]n addition to ritual ablutions before prayer, Muslims must take off their shoes to pray, and wearing shoes inside a mosque is forbidden....But beyond the Islamic significance, the dirty and degrading implication of the sole of a shoe crosses all religious boundaries in the Middle East."