Zarqawi's Corpse - Tastefully Framed!
You'd have to be living under a rock to have missed yesterday's killing of the most-wanted Al Qaeda leader Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi by US soldiers in Iraq. And I'm sure all of you have seen the photo of his dead body (at left) that was presented at the press conference and reprinted in every news publication, oddly matted and framed as if it were some sort of great masterpiece. This blogger has put forth a hilarious scenario on how the photo got that way:
The Pentagon Framing Shop
So, Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi is dead. So be it. I'm not shedding any tears. Of course, he'll be replaced in short order by some new al Qaeda schmuck.
I woke up this morning to footage of the press conference in Baghdad, with the unveiling of the photo of the deceased Zarqawi. I understand why they need to show his dead body to people. I get that, 100%. But what's the deal with the jumbo dead head photo being matted and framed? Isn't that just a little bizarre? I mean, it's not like you've gone to Olan Mills or the Picture People for a lovely moment frozen in time. It's a corpse, people!
There's something very Victorian about it, really.
But this begs the question - do they have a framing shop in the green zone, just waiting for insurgent leaders and al Qaeda bigwigs to get blown up? Does the U.S. military have someone on call with glass and elegant wood frames available 24/7? I mean, clearly, this wasn't your $19.99 plastic poster dorm crap from Michael's or Wal-Mart.
Is there a "MAFS" unit out in the desert? A Mobile Army Framing Shop?
Sgt. Crafty?!? We need a buffered, acid-free white mat and a can of adhesive spray at the Command Center, asap! I know it's 3 a.m. We've got ourselves a majorly DOA hostile, son, and a press conference at 06:00. Now, get me some goddamn picture wire, tasteful antique gold molding, and cut some non-glare glass in a 30x30 square on the double, soldier!
It's a strange little world we live in, isn't it?