Shoe hurled at Ahmadinejad in Iranian city
The incident in the Iranian city was an apparent imitation of a similar attack on former U.S. president George Bush in Iraq last year.
Urmia News, the Iranian site, reported that Ahmadinejad was in a car en route to an election rally when the shoe was thrown. Ahmadinejad was traveling to a local stadium where he was meant to deliver a speech ahead of upcoming presidential elections.
You gotta love this shoe throwing thing. Evidently it is a big insult in the Arab world. I remember when the staged event of the Saddam statue was torn down, everyone was throwing shows at it and hitting it with their sandals.
“In Arab cultures, throwing shoes is a grave show of disrespect.” —Bloomberg.com
“The act is an Arab symbol of contempt.” —Christian Science Monitor
“Throwing shoes at somebody is a supreme insult in the Middle East.” —Reuters
“In Iraqi culture, throwing shoes at someone is a sign of contempt.” —Associated Press
Anyway, I see this as a good sign that maybe Ahmadinejad will not be reelected in the next “election” in Iran, and we may have someone that is somewhat sane to deal with. This could be a huge thing.
Anyway until that day comes, let’s watch Bush dodge some shoes.