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Flag hilarity continues

It looks like slate is picking up on the whole flag issue, trying to answer the question of where the heck all of these norwegian and danish flags come from. The answers are fairly mundane, but there was a snippet there that I found hilarious.

Where do protesters get their Danish flags?

They buy them at the flag store or make them from scratch. Some columnists and bloggers have cited the seemingly endless supply of Danish flags as evidence of premeditated government support for the protests. In fact, it's not that hard to obtain Danish flags in the Muslim world.

First, many of the protesters are using handmade flags. (Improvisation is nothing new: Demonstrators in the Middle East often set fire to crude painted or drawn versions of the U.S. and Israeli flags.) The Danish flag happens to be especially easy to mock up on the fly—it's just a white cross on a red background. The smoldering flag in this picture, for example, appears to have been created by sewing two strips of white fabric onto a larger piece of red. (Notice the discontinuous puckering along the seams.) The flag also seems to be wrapped around a wooden pole, where it might be nailed or stapled in place. A professionally produced flag would likely have grommet holes sewn into the fabric.

Not all the homemade flags come out quite right. In some cases, protesters are using red banners with a centered—instead of an offset—cross. This makes them flags of Savoy, not Denmark. Other protesters have been seen burning what are apparently Swiss flags. (The Swiss use a smaller, fatter cross on a red background.)


Now _that_ is funny. I'm not sure the arab fanatics torching them care much either way but the idea that they're mistakenly burning frenchy and swiss flags is just funny as hell to me. I'd love to see either of those two countries submit some sort of formal protest against the torching of their flags.



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