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The blue stripes represent the Tigris and Euphrates rivers and - because the river basin is Iraq's Arab heartland - therefore symbolize the country's Sunni and Shiite Arabs. The yellow stripe represents Iraq's ethnic Kurd minority, taking its color from the yellow star on the flag of Kurdistan.
Above the stripes, in a white field, is a blue crescent of Islam.
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 Saudi, Libyan, Algerian and Mauritanean flags are completely or largely green.
Islamic crescents in Arab heraldry are usually green or red.
Red, meanwhile, points to Arab nationalism. It was the color of the Sharif Hussein, who led the Arab revolt against Ottoman Turkish rule in the early 1900s, and he added it to a flag of green, white and black stripes to create a symbol of pan-Arabism.
Hussein's banner was the basis for the Jordanian, Palestinian and Syrian flags - as well as the old Iraqi one.
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Originally posted by silQ
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Abu Ibrahim of Nasriyah says the design by Rifat Chaderchi was probably chosen because he is related to Governing Council member Naseer Chaderchi.
"We had over 30 designs to choose from for our new flag. Surprise, surprise he chose his younger brother's design which a lot of Iraqis say resembles the Israeli flag! Iraq is still a corrupt state."
Many said the light blue stripes were reminiscent of the light blue bands on the Israeli flag. Hundreds of university students in Mosul demonstrated against that version Wednesday.
They waved the old Saddam-era flag - a red, black and green banner emblazoned with the words "God is great" - and said it should not have been changed because it carries the name of God.
So, the nation building begins. We're so good at it. Just ask the Somalis and the Haitians and the Afghanis.
Into this mix comes the Rev. Pat Robertson, who suggests that, whatever form the new Iraqi government takes, it be kept secular.
President Bush should put church-state separation "at the very top of its agenda," he said.
America should not allow an Islamic state, he said on his 700 Club show in March. We don't need any more Irans.
Keep that wall of separation between church and state high, wide and thick.
Of course, there's an irony here. If there weren't, would I be writing about it?
The irony is that the wall of separation Brother Pat wants in Iraq is the same one he's trying to tear down back home.
I guess it's OK to separate church and state when the church is Islam.
My bet is that if Iraq had a Christian majority, he'd be whistling a different tune out of the other side of his theological mouth.