To Burn Or Not To Burn? Kerfuffle Flares In Iran Over Torching U.S. Flag

Burning U.S. flags has become a tradition in Iran at annual state-organized events commemorating the anniversary of the 1979 U.S. Embassy takeover in Tehran and the hostage taking of U.S. diplomats that led to the severing of ties between the two countries.

But a kerfuffle over flag-burning has flared after the head of the Islamic Propagation Coordination Council in the northeastern city of Kashmar appeared to suggest that officials last year frowned upon torching the Stars and Stripes.

“Last year we had a letter from the Council of Islamic Propagation stating that the U.S. flag should not be burned because it’s an official country, and that only the flag of Israel should be set on fire,” the hard-line Fars news agency quoted the official, Hojatoleslam Ghassem Ali Majidi, as saying on October 18.

  • Hard Little Machine

    We should send them millions of flags soaked in chemicals that release nerve gas when burned.

  • Xavier

    I’d be disappointed if they stopped burning the US flag. It reassures me that we haven’t gone completely over to the dark side.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I don’t know.
    I like it when out enemies burn “old glory” as it removes all doubt who our enemies are and it’s a fabulous litmus test.
    Eventually we will have to burn them, and this keeps me from feeling bad about do it when the day comes.

  • Tokenn

    Burn a Koran every time a US [or Canadian or other Western nation] flag is burned. I’d also suggest that Muslims in the West be given the same treatment as Christians or Jews [or atheists] get in Sharia/Muslim countries. Turnabout is fair play, right? No, it won’t calm the Muslims down, but it will draw the defining lines between cultures….none of this ‘not all Muslims’ bunk.

    • Xavier

      Burning the Qur’an is the only valid reason to have a YouTube account.

      And there are indeed two types of Moslems: active jihadis and sleeper cells.