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June 27, 2007

Romulus and Remus redux?

They're upset about it in Germany. They think it's utterly tasteless. Even the Poles think it overstepped the limits of good taste.

Well, if it's lacking in good taste, you've come to just the right place to read about it.

BBC headline: "Anger over Polish breast montage"

German politicians have condemned a computer generated photo of Poland's leaders sucking the German Chancellor Angela Merkel's bare breasts.

The image appears on the cover of the Polish weekly Wprost, and is titled "Stepmother of Europe".

A Polish council overseeing ethics in the media said the montage overstepped "the limits of good taste".

Tension between the neighbouring countries has been building following last week's European Union summit.

The mocked up image shows Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski and his twin brother, President Lech Kaczynski, nuzzling at Ms Merkel's chest.
And, yes, you can see the image if you click the BBC link. (Just in case it goes offline at the Beeb, here's a somewhat better image.)

I'm not totally sure I understand the politics involved in this dustup, but Germany and Poland obviously have a history relating to World War II. Germany invaded Poland, and after the War, Poland expelled German nationals. In fact, one of the politicians quoted in the article "represents the interests of Germans forced to flee from present-day Poland during World War II."

Just about the only thing German and Poland agreed on during the War was the extermination of the Jews.

So the bottom line is that I don't have a dog in this race. But the whole affair brings to mind the founding myth of Rome. Doesn't the magazine cover remind you of this?

What's way more frightening is to compare the photo of Merkel with this one of Hillary and to note the resemblance.

And still more frightening yet is to contemplate what the American press will do if she's elected next year.

Who are the two guys on this cover I've photoshopped going to be?