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A shoe in the Bush is worth two in hand

world Updated: Dec 16, 2008 15:55 IST

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The Muntader effect: A symbol of rage

A daughter of the Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, Aisha, reportedly awarded the shoe thrower, Muntader al-Zaidi, a 29-year-old journalist, a medal of courage.

In Saudi Arabia, a newspaper reported that a man had offered $10 million to buy just one of what has almost certainly become the world's most famous pair of black dress shoes.

Bush's close encounter with a size 10 shoe is now an online time-waster. “Bush's Boot Camp" puts players in the role of an agent tasked with protecting the president by shooting at a barrage of shoes.

In the Baghdad neighborhood of Sadr City, people calling for an immediate U.S. withdrawal removed their footwear and placed the shoes and sandals at the end of long poles, waving them high in the air.

In Syria, al-Zaidi's picture was shown all day long on the state television network, with Syrians calling in to share their admiration for his gesture and his bravery. In central Damascus, a huge banner hung over a street, reading: "Oh, heroic journalist, thank you so much for what you have done."

The American press might learn a thing or two from the Iraqi journalists, Joseph A. Palermo wrote in The Huffington Post. The White House press corps gave Bush a free ride when he brought the nation to war on false pretenses, Palermo added. Does al-Zaidi symbolise the emergence of a free press in Iraq?

Source: NYT / MyFox