OMG!!!! … I have new respect for Bush. He’s really good at ducking, it turns out.
Yes, yes, indeed. In Arab culture (which may or may not pertain to Iraq, depending on ethnicity) the sole of the FOOT is very very dirty. I don’t know so much about the sole of the shoe. But I’m thinking that you don’t throw your shoe at someone because you like them. (As is done in certain cultures, of course.)