Leaders, shoes and possibilities!
The AFP news from Khartoum, published in a local English daily on January 26, is the latest episode of shoe throwing, this time at the President of Sudan. Shoe hurling as a sign of extreme displeasure; started with US President Bush (the son) on his trip to Iraq! Having set the precedent, the next target was the French President (if I correctly recollect). Now it is the Sudanese President's turn. Next target is anybody's guess!
Shows are meant for walking, now however it is becoming a popular manpowered missile! May be in the days to come, shoes may be used to hijack passenger aircrafts! If there are enough hijackers wearing shoes in the target plane, and if it is a smaller passenger aircraft, they may succeed!
Imagine what may happen next. You will have to board aircrafts wearing socks only! The shoes will be in the checked baggage in the hold.
On landing at your destination, you will retrieve your shoes; and then use it either to walk; or throw it at some President or Prime Minister!
Given the popularity of this practice, shoes could well become an accepted hate missile of non-lethal variety! But who knows; there may be clever real life terrorists; who will design and use powder or some other type of chemical explosive as a lethal footwear. Leaders, beware, the shoe is coming a long way from foot pinching to life threatening!