The Corpus Callosum

The Ten Million Dollar Shoes

Saudi
offers $10m for shoes thrown by journo

Iraq: Wednesday, December 17 – 2008 at 09:22

A Saudi man has offered $10m to buy the shoes that Iraqi journalist
Muntadar Al Zaidi hurled at US President George W. Bush, according to a
report carried by Al Arabiya net. Sixty-year-old Hassan Mohammad
Makhafa, from Aseer, south west of Saudi Arabia, said he is ready to
sell all his properties to buy Al Zaidi’s shoes, which he described as
a ‘medal of freedom’ to put them on offer at a public auction.

HT: href="http://www.juancole.com/2008/12/al-zaidi-injured-pleads-guilty-mosul.html">Juan
Cole.

Interesting dynamic at play here: It is all about dignity, respect,
saving vs. losing face.