Shoe Toss

Iraqi journalist tosses shoes at George W. Bush:

Some people got very upset when I said I thought throwing pie at Tom Friedman was funny, but I’m having trouble coming up with appropriately humorless language with which to express my fake outrage at this incident. Instead, a flashback to April 2003:

Iraqis had begun tearing down portraits of Saddam and throwing shoes — a grave insult in the Arab world — and chipping away at the base of the statue with sledgehammers after a column of Marines advanced into the square Wednesday afternoon.

Is it possible that there’s a region somewhere where throwing shoes is a compliment?