Monday, December 15, 2008

No, you're supposed to throw flowers

Still not greeted as liberators. In case you were wondering whether throwing your shoes was a gesture of respect in the Arab world:
Throwing a shoe at someone is considered the worst possible insult in Iraq and is meant to show extreme disrespect and contempt. When U.S. forces helped topple a statue of Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein after rolling into Baghdad in April 2003, jubilant Iraqis beat the statue's face with their shoes.


I have to agree with Josh Marshall that a) I would have taken that shoe right between the eyes, and b) it's a bit disturbing how long it took for the guy to get tackled.