What So Proudly We Inhale at the Twilight’s Last Gleaming

by Mark Steyn

To the list of Islamic grievances – film trailers, cartoons, teddy bears, false rumors of flushed Korans, Burger King ice-cream cartons, non-Sharia-compliant mustaches – we must now add the appalling toxicity of the American flag:

Around 10,000 people participated in the main rally organised on The Mall by the Tehreek Hurmat-i-Rasool (THR). The participants marched from Nila Gumbad to Masjid-i-Shuhada on The Mall. Despite a ban on rallies on The Mall, the road remained blocked for vehicular traffic from noon to 6pm…

One of the participants of the rally, Abdullah Ismail, passed away after he was taken to Mayo Hospital. Witnesses said he had complained of feeling unwell from the smoke from US flags burnt at the rally.

Poor Mr Ismail. If he’d burned an al-Qaeda flag, it is said to have a sweet perfume with a mildly narcotic quality. Now is the time for President Obama and Secretary Clinton to demonstrate our sensitivity by having the LA County sheriffs arrest some flag manufacturers.