From the start, the war in Iraq seemed like a gruesome satire of that bitter satire, Wag the Dog: a war invented out of fabrications. When my wife saw a front-page pic this morning of Iraqis holding up a shoe in support of the journalist who hurled his footwear at George W. Bush, she immediately reminded me of “Good Old Shoe,” the song invented in the movie to keep up the patriotic diversion from the president’s tzatzkele tzures.
OK, I will acknowledge that the journalist involved is an ex-Baathist, and that journalists are supposed to use words, not shoes. So we are not to make a hero of him. But did he know that his act of performance art was a parody of a parody?