Washington has the honor of giving Iraq the most costly democracy in the entire world history but an ungrateful Iraqi journalist Muntazir al-Zaidi returned the favor to former U.S. president George Bush by throwing at him shoes in public, an act considered in Middle East and Asian regions as treating somebody with utmost insult.
General Musharraf had unleashed a reign of U.S. terror upon innocent Pakistanis who had resisted the shifting of Afghan war inside Pakistani territories in the garb of military operations against al-Qaeda.Mansoor Jafar
This metaphor of public hatred began spreading all over the world like wildfire ever since. Targets are the most powerful but most hated dictators and rulers who are reaping the hatred they had sown. Latest among the list of targets are former Egyptian soft-spoken foreign minister Abul Ghaith, and former military dictator of Pakistan General [retired] Pervez Musharraf who had the 'honor' of becoming the target of a shoe throw for the second time when he came out of a High Court in Karachi on last Friday. He was also thrown at with a shoe two years ago in London. Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is another personality that has been twice thrown a shoe at.
As Pakistan braces to go to polls in five weeks’ time, the political situation is uncertain as people doubt if the polls would actually be held. All the contenders are doubtful about the elections as reflected from their half-hearten and insipid campaigning. But the shoe-throwing is among the initial signals that reflected how things would unfold in coming weeks.