A Turkish shoemaker who made the famous footwear that was hurled at President Bush during a visit to Baghdad is enjoying a massive sales boom, it emerged today.
Ramazan Baydan has recruited an extra 100 staff to meet orders for 300,000 pairs of the Model 271 brogues that were thrown by Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zeidi.
His Istanbul-based firm normally sells about 75,000 pairs a year for about £28 each.
Further worsening the p.r. situation for both the Maliki and Bush Administration alike comes this:
Today it was claimed Mr al-Zeidi was tortured into writing a letter of apology to Mr Bush - and told his brother he would 'do it again'.
With al-Zaidi promising not to apologize, "not now, nor in the future," according to al-Jazeera, and with extensive reporting that he has been beaten in custody, who exactly benefits from his forthcoming trial when the vast numbers of Iraqis wildly support his action, and when vast numbers of Americans either don't care or are disgusted that the man may have been tortured into writing an apology? This doesn't makes Nouri al-Maliki look good at home or abroad, and it doesn't really help Bush or his legacy either.