Tuesday, April 27, 2004

I pledge allegiance

To some flag . . .

Thanks to LJ for this . . . (and this is attempt THREE on this post. F-ing cheap equipement . . . )

So - there seems to be some disagreement over the new Iraqi flag:



Apparently, all the other Arab flags are red, green, and black. Like the old Iraqi flag:



Who has the other blue flag in the area? Here's a hint:



Whoops! Hey, they're a Democracy, you want to be a Democracy, c'mon Iraq, what's the big deal?

The other problem? The removal of Arabic wording that said "Under God." No, wait, that's not on their flag. What it did say was "God is Greatest." But in this case, I have to agree with the Iraqi interim government. After all, endorsing monotheism on a state symbol is a bad idea. At least when God is spelled A-l-l-a-h and not G-o-d or J-e-s-u-s.

The explanation given for the flag's design is actually pretty good. There's an Islamic Crescent, the two Israeli blue bars represent the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, and the yellow bar represents the Kurdish people. For all I know, it's the most brilliant flag design ever created. I've never made a flag before - It can't be easy.

Of course, the bigger problem here is that this new official flag comes from what many Iraqis - or at least many vocal Iraqis - see as an illegitimate source. Symbolism is no small thing in that part of the world (nor, might I point out, is it any longer a less important part of American culture. Throw up an image of a burning tower and the people will support anything). At any rate, since many vocal Iraqis still see the interim government as inherently American, western, and evil, nothing coming from that government will be seen favorably. I don't see how this will ever be a unifying symbol.

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