Our flag stands for freedom, a principle we want to spread throughout the world. And in every Muslim nation, there are many who yearn for freedom — freedom to dress as they please, speak their mind, read what they want and marry whom they wish. Yet as Americans, we have seriously betrayed these Muslims’ hopes for freedom.
Inadvertently but predictably, we have strengthened the hands of the most backward, belligerent and oppressive segments of Islam. They have been organized and motivated by resistance to our invasion and occupation of Muslim countries.
While President Bush claims to be spreading freedom, America actually is galvanizing oppressors, even in a democracy like Turkey, where radical factions now are gaining strength and demanding strict Islamic law.
Inadvertently but predictably, our actions have shamed our flag and the most important principle for which it stands — freedom.
Sorry, Old Glory.