Tuesday, April 27, 2004

The USa is hardly a stranger to Flag Controversies (Upholding the Divinity of Old Glory for example, or the presence and absence of the Confederate Battle flag from the state flags of the Southern states). So it can hardly claim to be surprised that the New Iraqi National Flag proposal has met with some emotional opposition.
Josh Marshall has the outline of the story...
It really does look more like the Israeli flag than the flags of any other Arab state. The secularist Saddam Hussein added the words Alahu Akhbar (God is the most great) to the flag during the Gulf War to bolster his pretensions and a number of anti-Saddam groups inlcuding some theoctratic ones have been using the Old Version of the Flag without the words... expect a public consensus now that the flag-with-words is essential to Iraqi National dignity.

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