From: firstname.lastname@example.org (RH)
Subject: Iraqis Infuriated by New Flag That Was Designed in London
Date: 28 Apr 2004 16:28:29 -0700
NNTP-Posting-Date: Wed, 28 Apr 2004 23:28:30 +0000 (UTC)
Published on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 by the lndependent/UK
Burning With Anger: Iraqis Infuriated by New Flag That Was Designed in
by Patrick Cockburn in Baghdad and David Usborne in Baghdad
For many Iraqis it was the final insult. Again and again they
expressed outrage yesterday that Iraq's United States-appointed and
unelected leaders had, overnight, abolished the old Iraqi flag, seen
by most Iraqis as the symbol of their nation, and chosen a new one.
"What gives these people the right to throw away our flag, to change
the symbol of Iraq?" asked Salah, a building contractor of normally
moderate political opinions. "It makes me very angry because these
people were appointed by the Americans. I will not regard the new flag
as representing me but only traitors and collaborators."
The outburst of fury over the flag highlights the extraordinary
ability of US leaders and the Iraqi Governing Council to alienate
ordinary Iraqis, already angered by the bloody sieges of Fallujah and
Karbala. And yesterday, in the hotbed of Iraqi rebellion, the flag was
burnt in public in a demonstration of public anger.
When, as expected, the controversial new flag is hoisted inside the
security of the Green Zone in Baghdad today, there is little prospect
that the flag will be fluttering over other Iraqi cities.
excerpted from/ the whole article is here:
The flag story is a good example of news that the US capitalist news
media avoids, because it gives readers cause to understand one of the
numerous reasons why Iraqi's are sick and tired of the USA's presence
in their homeland.
> * * *
> "... one thing that [has] remained constant is the self-righteousness
> of the American public discourse. We're back to faulting the natives
> for their stubborn refusal to understand the purity of our hearts. And
> hell hasn't seen the wrath of a heart-broken colonialist. Iraqis must
> learn now, as did Native Americans, African slaves, Vietnamese and
> Palestinian peasants, and many others, that ingratitude is a capital
> offense." http://thirdcoastactivist.org/
> American corporate news spreads White house and pentagon spin
> - they can't be trusted. Their mission is to make lots of money and
> maintain our corrupt economic and political systems, NOT to tell the
> people the truth about what's going on. Only the truth will set us
> free from tyrants, fear, and needless bloodshed.
> Two pretty good sources for daily news:
> "Man must change or die. There is no other course."
> The World Teacher http://www.share-international.org