Trying to find the line between freedom and anarchy. In this case it was on the sole of this man's shoe.
Other U.S. soldiers, however, have come to the aid of the traffic police. One Iraqi officer remembers how a stopped driver, asked to produce his license, instead took off his shoe and handed it out the window, a grave Arab insult.
Immediately a soldier patrolling nearby walked up, and the driver reached for his real license.
"No, I want to see the one you gave this guy," the soldier said. The man reluctantly handed the soldier the shoe and in return got a whack on the shoulder with it before it was handed back.
Read about it here.