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U.S. Occupiers abolish Iraqi national flag

by Betsy Ross Tuesday, Apr. 27, 2004 at 11:50 PM

The U.S. occupation has designated a new national flag to replace Iraq's national colors as they've existed since 1921. Iraq's traditional colors of red, white, green, and black... clearly identifying the country as part of the "Uma" (the Arab nation), are to be replaced by white, blue, and yellow.

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Without a national survey of Iraqis, without a vote or imput of any kind from the Iraqi people, without even an elected government to give a fig leaf of legitimacy to the hoisting of a new national symbol upon Iraq... the U.S. hand picked "leaders" of Iraq have announced the new flag which will fly on all Iraqi government buildings in a matter of days.

The flag features a white field upon which is emblazoned a blue crescent, representing Islam. The new banner also displays two blue stripes at the bottom representing the Tigris and the Euphrates, separated by a yellow stripe in a nod to the country's Kurdish population.

Aside from the fact that the new national symbol is to be imposed upon Iraq by an occupation army and it's hand picked government (an afront that is sure to inflame Iraqi nationalism), the banner also bares an uncanny resemblance to the Israeli national flag, a fact not likely to go unnoticed by the Arab world who unanimously views the Israeli occupation of Arab land as the main problem facing the Middle East. In fact, the new flag bares such a startling resemblance to the Israeli flag, both in it's colors and design... that it's hard not to see it's imposition as a clear provocation, a gauntlet thrown down to Arab nationalism.

The replacement of Iraq's traditional colors and the imposition of a new national flag, raise some disturbing questions.

1) By what right does an occupying power change the national colors of a conquered people? Even in it's destruction and occupation of Imperial Japan, the U.S. did not change the colors and basic design of Japan's "Rising Sun" banner.

2) If the U.S. believes in the "separation of church and state", then why a flag incorporating a religious symbol? If the U.S. stands for secular democracy, then why a flag that displays the Islamic crescent? Many Arab flags bare no religious symbols.

3) Can the U.S. actually be so insensitive as to think that a flag imposed upon an Arab nation will not whip up a hysterical reaction from every quarter of the Arab world, from pro-Western moderates to anti-Western fundamentalist enemies?

4) Can U.S. policy makers actually be so reckless as to endanger the health and well being of the Jewish people by imposing this look alike Israeli flag upon Iraq? The Islamic fundamentalists Washington purports to oppose will all be saying that a "Jewish flag is flying over Baghdad!"

5) Does the U.S. actually believe that the Kurds, who have their own national flag (top bar red, middle bar white, bottom bar green - with a yellow sunburst in the center of the white field), will accept this banner? The Kurdish Peshmerga (Independence fighters, literally "those who face death"), have been martyred in the thousands carrying their own choosen flag in their hearts.

Aljazeera covers the story of Iraq's altered flag, at:

Agence France Presse covers the story, at:

A consise history explaining the evolution of the Arab national colors of red, green, white, and black, can be found at the "Jordan Jubilee" website, at:

A brief history of Iraq's national colors can be found at the following website:

An interactive display of the flags of the Arab world can be found at:

... the display allows you to pass your mouse over a flag to indentify which nation it represents.

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the straight dope on the Iraqi flag Betsy Al-Rosshad Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2004 at 2:13 AM
We have full crew of comedians, tonight. Sheepdog Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2004 at 3:41 AM
"Iraqis Say Council-Approved National Flag Won't Fly." flag waver Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2004 at 12:46 PM
The REAL flag! flaganator Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2004 at 1:05 PM
As usual, no one's paying attention Betsy Al-Rosshad Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2004 at 4:08 PM
when the National Assembly is elected Meyer London Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2004 at 4:16 PM
Meyer, you're an idiot Barney Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2004 at 9:29 PM
U.S. Occupiers also redesign US flag GWB=WMD Thursday, Apr. 29, 2004 at 11:22 AM
how it's known Bush isn't a nazi how it's known Bush isn't a nazi Thursday, Apr. 29, 2004 at 4:39 PM
Bush isn't a nazi ? Yar Thursday, Apr. 29, 2004 at 5:07 PM
yar swallows yar swallows Thursday, Apr. 29, 2004 at 5:18 PM
Everyone knows Yar Thursday, Apr. 29, 2004 at 5:29 PM
To KOBE HQ George W. Bush Thursday, Apr. 29, 2004 at 7:44 PM
making an idiot of himself meyer london Friday, Apr. 30, 2004 at 8:50 PM
I.F. Liar Mundun Friday, Apr. 30, 2004 at 9:16 PM
thanks for your photo Meyer London Friday, Apr. 30, 2004 at 9:33 PM
Hail Satan Cryer Lumpdumb Saturday, May. 01, 2004 at 3:54 AM
haha kobe killer Friday, May. 07, 2004 at 5:57 PM

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