In the new, kinder, gentler Iraq, shoe throwing has replaced blowing yourself up as the path to the virgins. Behold adulation for the shoe-thrower:
In Sadr City, the sprawling Baghdad suburb that has seen some of the most intense fighting between insurgents and U.S. soldiers since the 2003 invasion, thousands of people marched in his defense. In Syria, he was hailed as a hero. In Libya, he was given an award for courage.
The fellow would have had to kill hundreds of innocent civilians just a few short years ago to enjoy this kind of fame.
UPDATE: Having not seen the footage, my impression was of a very large room in which someone likely threw the shoes from a large distance. A rather ineffectual response. Now that I have seen the video I must say I am amazed at the cat-like reflexes of President Bush. Seventh century or not, those babies were fired from point blank range with stank. W. never flinched or even looked dismayed. He bobbed and weaved like Adrian Peterson.
Shoe thrower never had a chance.