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Shoe toss begets shoe toss

Man who tossed shoes at George Bush has shoe tossed at him

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Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi, the man who threw his shoes at U.S. President George W. Bush last year, narrowly escaped being struck by flying footwear himself. While speaking at a press conference in France for victims of the Iraq War, Zaidi ducked and a shoe struck the wall behind him. His attacker, a fellow Iraqi journalist, was then chased by Zaidi’s brother, who in turn hurled his shoe at the man. In Arab culture it’s a serious insult to show the soles of ones shoe’s to another person. Zaidi originally threw his shoes as a protest against the U.S., shouting “This is a goodbye kiss from the Iraqi people, dog,” before letting his loafers fly. His attacker is pro-U.S. and has accused Zaidi of supporting a dictatorship.

The Guardian

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