While it’s sad that it didn’t connect with its intended target, the shoe seen around the world (possibly as it’s now called) did at least manage to unite countries, peoples, races and religions around the globe. I’m sure there can’t be another event that brought together Iraqis, Iranians, Americans, British, French, Pakitstanis, Russians and Africans alike to the same side of the fence than Muntazer al-Zaidi’s double-throw against the US President last week. Much as it pains to praise, you can’t really complain about Dubya’s ducking (after all, he did it on climate change for the last 8 years) but it’s a shame they didn’t make contact.
Mind you, for all the praise and support, it’s faintly depressing, and also rather familiar, that the hero was thoroughly rewarded for his efforts. Rather than a pardon, it seems he received a beating for his actions, and this is even before his 31st December trial. The charge? Insulting a foreign leader. The irony…. He gets my vote for man of the year.