When the statue of saddam Hussein was knocked down in Firdos Square the crowd beat it with their shoes. This is an Arab . Sufi / Muslim custom of "cleansing" and is a gesture of utter contempt and disrespect. - the beaten thing is below the lowest part of the body - the foot and therefore an extreme insult.... don't expect Dubya to understand that ... and don't expect anyone to tell him either.
Among the most famous Lashkar-e-Taiba alumni is the remarkable "shoe bomber" Richard Reid, who was supposed to be trying to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight in late 2001, who was also said to be connected to Sheikh Mubarak Ali Shah Gilani a spiritual leader of an obscure Muslim militant group named Jamaat ul-Fuqra .
Reid (AKA Tariq Rajah , Abdel Rahim)apparently went to the British Embassy in Brussels, falsely claiming to have lost his passport - which he has used when passing through Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Pakistan, Belgium, the Netherlands, France and possibly Afghanistan . He applied for and received a spanking brand new British passport which was issued on 7 December 2001 which he used to board Flight 63.