The Trial of Saddam Hussein and The Fallout of The War

The Trial of Saddam Hussein


The fallout in the Middle East from the regime change in Iraq

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Flag Dispute II

Iraqi lawmakers have managed to temporarily resolve one of the least pressing problems facing their country, that of the nation's flag.

Yesterday they approved a new flag, thus appeasing the country's northern Kurds, who had refused to fly the national banner because of its connection to Saddam Hussein.

Unfortunately this is but a temporary solution, the flag will last for one year, until a more permanent design is selected. The temporary flag will no longer bear the three green stars representing the "unity, freedom, socialism" motto of Hussein's Baath Party. The former leader's handwritten "Allahu akbar" (God is great) will be replaced with an old-style Arabic font.

The question is, will there be united Iraq over which to fly a flag in ones year's time?

It is also likely that the change of flag will merely stir up trouble, drawing attention to Iraq's internal divisions, and not least wasting time on a matter of little practical importance whilst other more pressing matters need to be addressed with urgency.

Nero fiddling whilst Rome burns, is an analogy that readily springs to mind.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Flag Dispute

As if the Iraqi people do not have enough problems, it seems that there is now a dispute brewing over the country's flag.

Leaders of Iraq's Kurdish minority want the flag changed, and are threatening not to fly the Saddam Hussein-era banner during a pan-Arab meeting in the Kurdish-run north next month.

The parliament in Baghdad is trying to find a solution in time for the conference.

Haidar al-Abadi, a legislator with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's Dawa party, said:

"It's a potentially explosive issue and we need to tread carefully".

The Kurds maintain that the colours of the national flag are not representative of all Iraqis and are demanding that the color yellow, which dominates their own flag, to be added.

Mahmoud Othman, a prominent Kurdish lawmaker, said:

"It is not possible to raise the flag in its present form, even for the meeting of the Arab parliamentarians.

The Kurds have been persecuted and killed under that banner. It must be changed

Iraq has far more important issues to address at this time, than that of the flag.