Friday, April 30, 2004

ANOTHER FLAG FLAP
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is the best news show on television. This is sad, considering that it’s a show that satirizes the news.

Yet every time I watch the show, Stewart makes at least one important point about current events that I never would’ve heard by watching the “real” news.

The US-appointed Iraqi governing council (IGC) unveiled a new flag for the country. Stewart pointed out that while the old flag was red, white and black (like many other Arab flags), the new one is primarily white and blue. Like, um, Israel.

I guess it’s great that things are going so swimmingly in Iraq that the IGC has time to invent a flag. But there is one thing that interested me.

The old flag had the words “God is Great” written in Arabic script. The new flag does not have this.

I am surprised that this didn’t cause an uproar here in the United States. Some people think we need to have God invoked everywhere or else the country will collapse. In the Pledge of Allegiance. In the courthouses. In every fifth word of a presidential speech.

Most Americans are furious about the possibility of “God” from a pledge ABOUT the flag. American-controlled Iraq is removing “God” from the ACTUAL flag and there’s no reaciton here.

Makes you wonder if it’s because of the fact that in Iraq, God goes by the name Allah.

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