What a week for the Brits! If it wasn't enough for that rude George Galloway being so impolite to those nice gentlemen from the US senate, we had British troops defiling Iraqi soil by miming a video of a catchy but best-forgotten 1971 hit single.
And then there was Friday's edition of that well-known English comic book "The Sun". Well known for their photos of young ladies with no shirts on, the Murdoch Chipwrapper showed off the attractive, muscular features of alleged criminal Saddam Hussein on the front page (and several others inside) clad in his undies.
The US government was horrified, not just at the sight of Saddam's elderly physique, but because the Poms were stealing their thunder. More about that in a minute. "The Sun", unswerving in their morality and ethical values, said it all on the front page of Saturday's edition:
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Meanwhile, tucked away at the bottom of the front page was the headline: "Bush to probe Saddam's pants. President vows: I'll get to the bottom of it."
Of course, one of the concerns raised by the White House on Friday was that the photos would have been a breach of the Geneva Convention. Not, of course, anything like those photos of Saddam's impromptu dental checkup on the day of his capture in December 2003.
But hang on a tic... what exactly did White House operative Trent Duffy say at Friday's daily Feeding Of The Chooks (otherwise known as the "press briefing"):
These photos were wrong; they're a clear violation of DOD directives, and possibly Geneva Convention guidelines for the humane treatment of detained individuals.
Geneva Convention guidelines. Sorry mate, in the civilised world we regard the Geneva Conventions as rule, not "guidelines".