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…many rallies end in the same way: the burning of an American flag.

…The man who dominates much of the supply chain of American flags to religious groups, 30-year-old Mamoon-ur-Rasheed – who’s been publishing anti-American placards and hand-made stars and stripes since his school days, when he was angered by the Clinton administration’s sanctions on Pakistan following its nuclear weapons testing in 1998 – is now remarkably dispassionate about his services, as well as about the short shelf-life of his flammable goods.

“We work hard for our product, and we get paid for our product,” says Rasheed, clad in a camouflage baseball cap and seated behind a desk that takes up most of the space in his eight-by-six-foot office in Gulashan-e-Iqbal, one of the city’s oldest working class neighborhood.

“So what if it burns? The purpose of the flag is to last for an hour. It’s unfortunate, but if the demand is for an hour, then the supplier must meet such demand too,” he says.

The story is here, and for the pointer I thank Jake McGuire.


Few countries share the American idolatry of the national flag. So you can be confident that this rigmarole is designed specifically with American sensitivities in mind.

Indeed. Free speech should allow flag burning, as well as joking threats against the Chief Executive of the USA, as long as no evil intent is present. But both are sadly federal crimes.

No they not. Joking about the President will get you a talk with the Secret Service, but neither of those are a crime, at least in the US.

The Wikipedia page on flag desecration (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_desecration) suggests that this is not a particularly American issue.

The linked article specifically mentions burning Israeli and Indian flags too.

I don't think so. Just to give an example of how other countries feel about desecrating their flag: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ciller-turks-will-break-hands-if-flag-touched.aspx?pageID=438&n=ciller-turks-will-break-hands-if-flag-touched-1996-08-16

I wonder why you think so. To the contrary, many countries revere the flag on similar level, if not more.

I was struck by how many Norwegians display the national flag outside their homes and on their cars.

Pakistan. Where 1970s Detroit engineers retired.

True ... and funny. But sadly we're paying a lot of their wages.

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I particularly enjoy how they've literally cut corners, with the reduced number of stars, in order to simplify manufacturing. What better homage to the birthplace of the Model T?

There's a whole category of items that are built to be burned. Chinese "hell money", which is to be burned at funerals as a sacrifice, and similar related items (cars, houses, etc) comes to mind.

What are people saying above?
I love my China.

I know a little about the political things,Everyone love their country,though sometimes their ways are extreme.
l dont's say any more.

l agree with you!

l'm just passing by.

Maybe we need a tax on flag burning. Or maybe we need a tax if you don't buy fireproof flags.

Good point. Non-fireproof flags are a hazard, inefficient much less a pollutant when burning. Legislation needs to pass to raise the standards on flags.

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