Just when I thought we had heard the last of the shoe-thrower, Muntadar al-Zaidi, comes this story about a monument dedicated in honor of him. It was unveiled in the town of Tikrit yesterday at the Tikrit Orphanage of all places. Certainly, al-Zaidi’s actions (throwing his shoes at President Bush) prompted spontaneous jubilation among Arabs but this is just ridiculous. It’s not so much the idea of a monument dedicated to him but the monument itself. It’s a six foot high statue of a shoe with a plant coming out of it! How can you look at this thing and not laugh?
But don’t expect to see this on your next visit to Tikrit. Iraqi police made sure the monument was removed soon after it was unveiled.