….if terrorists only threw shoes?
All of the Arab experts say that "showing someone the sole of your shoe" is the ULTIMATE insult. I suppose stoning, throat cutting, shooting, gassing, hanging, exploding, disemboweling, gouging out eyes, driving nails in ears, cutting out tongues, slamming babies against door posts, etc. are all just "negotiation methods" and not to be taken too seriously.
I thought it was great when Bush (reportedly) said that he, "…looked into the man’s sole!" Bush clearly did point out it was a size 10!
I think the point is precisely this: If this was the OLD Iraq, not the FREE Iraq, a reporter that was opposed to Saddam would have been taken out and shot before the news conference started.