I dunno....maybe they're just doing the hokey-pokey in the photo?
Just how thin-skinned are those raised in Arab/Middle-Eastern cultures? So people who don't like my president are stepping all over his picture.....AND? Is that supposed to make President Bush or his supporters so riled up they declare crusade or something? Just because they consider using shoes to express themselves as some "grave" form of insult, is their problem; not ours. I can print out my own photo and walk all over it. Doesn't mean a thing to me. Am I being culturally insensitive?
It's their AK-47's and homicide bombers I'm more concerned about as a means of expression. Burn effigies, step on photos, throw darts at it...who are you hurting? If we stepped on a photo of their leaders with our shoes (or on a likeness of Mohammed), would that be a "crime" severe enough to warrant our death? This is the same culture that breeds riots in the streets over Danish cartoons, calling for the execution of a school teacher over a teddy bear being named "Mohammed" by school children, or perceived offenses in a speech, leading to the death of a nun who even in agony and pain of death, said of her Islamic militant killers, "I forgive"?
Grow some thicker skin, leave the 7th and 14th century, and join 21st century civilization.