Truly, this is a story with legs. Also feet. And more seriously, the broken bones of the shoe-thrower. 

It is also the only story I can think of with an element of surreal silliness that involves George W Bush and the people of Iraq.

There are so many elements to savour it is hard to know where to start.

What about the supporter who wanted to put the shoes into a museum, only to find out that the shoes have been destroyed in the course of testing them for explosives?

Or the copycat shoe thowing in Ukraine? The shoe-throwing riot against American troops in Iraq (see yesterday's papers -- I told you it is hard to keep up with all this stuff).

Sock and Awe, the new online game craze? 46 million shoes have struck Bush's head as of yesterday afternoon.

Alternatively, there are the gifts being offered by a grateful Arab world, such as offers of brides and money and a limousine. But will the shoe-throwing guy's apology spoil his chances of getting his hands on the loot and the brides?


The headline/title "Sock and Awe" came from Twitter apparently. I think it's about time I signed up...

I also just wasted the last minute of my life throwing shoes at Bush's head. It's quite therapeutic.


Perhaps not silly, but certianly surreal, was Bush's speech announcing victory in Iraq, with a 'Missson Accomplished' banner behind him. In 2003.

Maybe tragic is a better word.

Iraqi shoe guy: the latest