Tuesday, May 31, 2005
An Interesting Irony
It occurred to me the other day that the people who were gathering to protest America's desecration of the Koran burned the American flag in protest. They did not elect leaders to request a meeting to discuss the possible holy book desecrations, no. They took to the streets and desecrated our country's symbol. Doesn't it seem even the least bit strange that we never discuss the fact that they used our flag to protest even just one unsubstantiated report of flushing their holy book? No one seems even to blink an eye at their use of our flag this way? Maybe it is because they have been doing this commonly for a long time, which begs the question...why are we to be so careful with their holy book when they so commonly show disrespect to our symbols? I am not convinced as to whether we did or did not treat the book badly. Nearly anything seems possible or even likely in the course of interrogations. It, however, is on tape over and over, in many different countries, proving that our country's symbols mean nothing to them. I know, I know, we are supposed to hold ourselves in higher esteem and not drop to their level in allowing symbols to fog the real issues, but it seems practical to at least notice their lack of respect for us as they demand respect for themselves.