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Friday, June 09, 2006

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!

A corpse.

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?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hysterical. You know our leaders are busy with the important things in Iraq.

9:09 AM  
Blogger MoChassid said...

I don't get it.

9:28 AM  
Blogger and so it shall be... said...

"MoChassid said...
I don't get it."

I do. That ain't no corpse. It's a trophy.

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


10:15 AM  
Blogger Somewhat Anonymous said...

There is tremendous local (in Iraq) propaganda value in being able to show photographic proof that the guy is did. When Saddam's sons were killed there was a bit of public skepticism until the bodies were displayed on TV. I don't really have a problem with the display. The musing about the framing is absolutely hilarious though.

10:26 AM  
Blogger orthomom said...

I don't really have a problem with the display. The musing about the framing is absolutely hilarious though.

Oh, I don't care one way or the other - if I did, I probably wouldn't have the picture on my blog. I just posted this because I found the post a riot.

10:29 AM  
Blogger The Town Crier said...

The Oday and Kusay online slideshows didnt turn into as good pr as they had hoped, so they figured pictures of a picture could be more dramatic.

Im glad they got one. Now lets move on. 370 Billion and counting...

10:38 AM  
Blogger Charlie Hall said...

I was pretty disgusted whan I saw the picture on the front covers of both the *New York Post* and the *New York Daily News*. But I wasn't surprised regarding the *Post*; twice in the past few months they have featured color photographs of naked people in, er, uh, suggestive positions. Of course since it is a conservative paper nobody complains about it.

11:52 AM  
Blogger Orthonomics said...

Congrads to our troops who are fighting to keep us safe.

1:16 PM  
Blogger Merujo said...

Thanks for linking to me. Glad you enjoyed the post. It just seemed so bizarre to me, I couldn't let it go without comment. (I just wish I'd remembered to mention the easel and the elegant black fabric they draped it in, too.)

Our tax dollars at work!! :-)



5:59 PM  
Blogger Goy Guy said...

Yeah, when I saw that frame I was cracking up, too.

"I was pretty disgusted whan I saw the picture on the front covers of both the *New York Post* and the *New York Daily News*."

But you have to admit the 'warm up the virgins' thing in the Post was a good one :-)

10:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "Post" front page was an INSTANT CLASSIC. I'm getting it framed. Let the liberals snivel about how terrible our military was to make a spectacle of the dead terrorist and how terrible Mr. Murdoch was to humiliate him post mortem and make fun of his religious beliefs (the "72 virgins" for a "martyr.") Well BOO, HOO, HOO. Given all the evil this loathesome character did in his lifetime, including beheading Nick Berg and others, a little posthumous payback is in order -- even if it upsets the boys on Atlantic Avenue who thought this fellow was peachy-keen.

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I think that this man was so important to the people in Iraq, so I do not know why he died,can some one explain me ?
The information is so interesting and important.

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