Bush's farewell visit to Baghdad ended like a Greek Tragedy when a journalist aimed his shoes at him during the press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister in Baghdad. The shoes of Muntazir al-Zaidi, Baghdad correspondent of the independent, anti-occupation and anti-sectarian Cairo-based al-Baghdadia TV channel were a "goodbye kiss" from the Iraqis in the form of a flying pair of "size 10 black shoes." The shoes proved more deadly than the millions of missiles launched by the American forces on the innocent Iraqis during the last five years that resulted in the massacre of more than a million and exodus of no less than 4 million innocent citizens. The first instance of shoe used to make a point was when the Russian Premier Nikita Khrushchev banged his shoe on the UN podium in New York. It was a bang heard around the world, but he did make his point. The second more recent incident was a pair of shoes that were thrown at Bush in Iraq by a TV correspondent last week, with a yell: "This is a farewell kiss, you dog." The yell was heard around the world showing the amount of hatred the Iraqis have against their tormentor. Many may have been searching for a way to release their pent up frustrations, and this perhaps, was the best moment to shoe him when he was on an un-announced visit to Baghdad to recount his so-called successes to bring peace through aggression. Having tried immense protesting, one might say "shoe-throwing" was the best answer. It may look indecent, but there is something more indecent about committing crimes against humanity and then citing a so-called mandate from Heaven to justify atrocities in a global War On Terror. It also was a slap on the face of the CIA and the other vast intelligence networks surrounding Bush, which fed him with lies, lies and more lies to torment the world at large. Truth is sometimes a poor competitor in the market place of ideas; complicated, unsatisfying, full of dilemmas and always vulnerable to misinterpretations and abuse. Under the situation shoe throwing was the best cathartic way of paying Bush back for all the sufferings, trials and tribulations he has put the people of the world through. Al-Zaidi's action was widely acclaimed around the world, especially the Muslim countries that had suffered the maximum at the hands of the Bush Administration during the last eight years. Dirham, the brother of the journalist, said that al-Zaidi had symbolically expressed the wish of millions of Iraqis by insulting the US tyrant. Dirham added that his brother had shoed the perpetrator, because he was moved by the sufferings of the people of Iraq that he was filming on camera almost every day. A big bulk of his reports was devoted to the Iraqi widows, orphans and children. It was a rare exhibition of courage, perhaps a Shoe-in for the Nobel Peace Prize. Over the last eight years, the avalanche of lies let loose by Bush and Cheney has been picking up speed and gaining momentum that has distorted the global view of reality. The present crisis will be very grave, because Bush-generated lies have blinded most of the people and goaded them into believing the incredible against their better knowledge or judgement. They are not taking one lie, or two, but a skyscraper of lies with every single room and every nook and corner filled to the brim with lies, big lies and biggest lies. What is morality in given time or place? It is what Washington likes. The news from Baghdad on Wednesday shows that the hold of the Iraqi government on power is fragile and it faces shadowy coup plotters from within and a continued guerrilla insurgency from without. The Parliament is so divided over the shoeing issue that it had to go home. Earlier the parliamentarians got into a shouting match over the torture and detention of al-Zaidi. Muqtada al-Sadr's MPs demanded that the session originally called to discuss the withdrawal of US troops from Iraqi cities by June 30, instead be devoted to al-Zaidi and allegations that he was manhandled in custody. The wrangling got so charged that the speaker of the Parliament threw up his hands and left declaring that he intended to resign because presiding over the Parliament was an impossible task. A general mood in Iraq in the wake of the shoe throwing was: "We're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore." This temper was manifested when drivers refused to let Iraqi soldiers close the road in front of the 'Green Zone' on Wednesday, ignoring their warning shots. No doubt, Muntazir has become a hero for the Muslim world and a nouveau "Saladin the Great" for the Arab world. His shoes now cost a fortune. Adnan Hamad, technical director of the Iraqi football team offered $100,000 for the pair. Hamad said that Zaidi's action expressed the feelings of extreme hatred that the Iraqi people had nurtured against the man, who ruined Iraq and abused its people. Another Iraqi businessman declared that he was ready to pay any price for the historical pair of shoes. To crown it all, Saudi media reported that a 60-year old Saudi entrepreneur offered $10 million for only one shoe of the pair that had flown in Bush's direction. The daughter of the Libyan President Qaddafi announced that she was awarding the Libyan Bravery Medal to journalist al-Zaidi. Over 200 lawyers expressed their readiness to defend him in court if any proceedings are launched against him. The administration of al-Baghdadia TV channel had addressed PM Maliki with a request to release al-Zaidi "in accordance with the norms of democracy and freedom of speech that the US authorities had promised to the people of Iraq. It goes without saying that the goal of Bush 's farewell visit to Iraq has entirely been lost to the shoe outrage. No one wants to know for what Bush had arrived in Baghdad, but everyone around the world wants to know as to what happened to those "Shoes." It is earnestly hoped that Bush does not develop a phobia that would haunt him for the rest of his life; a fear of black shoes. "Beyond a doubt truth bears the same relation to falsehood, as light to darkness," said Leonardo da Vinci. Perhaps, this would be better understood by the new Obama Administration when it enters the world's most powerful corridors on January 20, 2009. The writer is a former inspector general of police