Thursday, August 24, 2006

Flag Burning

I agree with Helen Irving in the SMH Flames of protest should be seen from more than one viewpoint While I would never burn the flag, I no longer wear it with pride as it has been shamed by this government and the fact that the people continue to vote for it. There are a lot worse things that can be done than burning a piece of cloth. A democracy allows freedom of speech and expression. As Helen says flag burning is not even illegal in the USA where they have always had a higher regard for their flag. I do honour the soldiers who fought under it but that was at a time when it stood for high ideals. I even respect the soldiers who fought in Vietnam and now in Iraq even though I believe both wars to be wrong.

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