This may be the best thing to come out of the Middle East peace talks in the US.
When Egyptian readers of state daily Al-Ahram woke up this morning, all was right in the world; imperious and commanding, Hosni Mubarak appeared in a large photograph of the talks, with lesser luminaries such as Barack Obama, Mahmoud Abbas, and Binyamin Netanyahu trailing in his wake. Mubarak was demonstrating once again – as he does so often in the pages of Al Ahram – the prominence of his, and Egypt’s, position in the world.
But it didn’t take long for blogger Wael Khalil to notice that the photo bore a strange resemblance to another picture, in which the order of the subjects was somewhat different; in fact, it appeared that Mubarak was lagging a bit behind, and to the side, and not looking at all commanding or imperious.
One can imagine the reaction of the Al Ahram picture editor when this photo came in: “Thank god for photoshop”, he thought, breathing a sigh of relief.
Another victory for the blogosphere. Thanks to Wael Khalil (Arabic) for the great spot.