“Do you know how many broken homes that shoe that I threw had entered because of the occupation? How many times it had trodden over the blood of innocent victims? And how many times it had entered homes in which free Iraqi women and their sanctity had been violated? Maybe that shoe was the appropriate response when all values were violated.”
––Mutadhar al-Zaidi, the infamous “shoe thrower” who threw his footwear at then-President George W. Bush in Baghdad in late 2008, in a speech he gave after being released from prison on Monday, September 14, 2009.