Iraqi Shoe Thrower Get’s Show Thrown At Him

Irony? Serendipity? Just plain funny?

The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President George W. Bush in Baghdad last year had a taste of his own medicine Tuesday when he nearly got beaned by a shoe thrower at a news conference in Paris.

Muntadhar al-Zeidi ducked and the shoe hit the wall behind him.

“He stole my technique,” al-Zeidi later quipped.

The identity of the new shoe-thrower – and his motivation – weren’t immediately clear, but he appeared to be an Iraqi. It was not known if the intruder was a journalist or just pretended to be one to attend the news conference at a center for foreign reporters.

Whatever his motive, the confrontation didn’t stop there.

Al-Zeidi’s brother, Maithan, chased the attacker in the audience and – what else? – pelted him with a shoe as he left the room.

Wouldn’t it be great if Congress would adopt this method of complaint? Or the United Nations? Or the journalists at Robert Gibbs’ press conferences, when they feel he is full of it?

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