Iraq’s U.S.-picked leaders approved a new flag for the country…
The new flag includes two blue horizontal stripes signifying the two rivers Tigris and Euphrates. A yellow stripe between the two blue ones symbolizes the Kurdish region in northern Iraq. Above the three stripes is a white background with a blue crescent, an Islamic symbol.
But the overhaul of a national symbol raised some complaints — particularly since it came from U.S.-appointed leaders. U.S. administrators previously tried to alter the Saddam-era flag by dropping the words “Allahu akbar” — “God is great” — but Iraqis refused to abide by the change.
The new design not only abandons the symbols of Saddam’s regime. It also avoids the colors used in other Arab flags: green and black for Islam and red for Arab nationalism. The change recalls the U.S. agenda of creating a “New Iraq” that is exceptional in the Arab world.
In Arabic nations, the colors of flags have widely recognized meanings.
Green, white and black denote Islam ? harkening back to the battle banners of the medieval Islamic dynasties of the Fatimids, Ummayads and Abbasids. Green is said to have been the prophet Muhammad’s favorite color;
The only country in the Middle East with blue stripes in its flag is Israel, which has a Star of David on a field of white between horizontal blue bands.
This really sucks!
I’m totally with the Iraqi people who are asking that the flag not be changed until an elected government takes over.
Who are these people to change the flag?
They have no right to!
What they’re doing is disgraceful.
Why don’t they just change the name of the country to Israel 2 while they’re at it!