James Blunt – No Bravery Lyrics (video)

There are children standing here,
Arms outstretched into the sky,
Tears drying on their face.
He has been here.
Brothers lie in shallow graves.
Fathers lost without a trace.
A nation blind to their disgrace,
Since he’s been here.

And I see no bravery,
No bravery in your eyes anymore.
Only sadness.

Houses burnt beyond repair.
The smell of death is in the air.
A woman weeping in despair says,
He has been here.
Tracer lighting up the sky.
It’s another families’ turn to die.
A child afraid to even cry out says,
He has been here.

And I see no bravery,
No bravery in your eyes anymore.
Only sadness.

There are children standing here,
Arms outstretched into the sky,
But no one asks the question why,
He has been here.
Old men kneel and accept their fate.
Wives and daughters cut and raped.
A generation drenched in hate.
Yes, he has been here.

And I see no bravery,
No bravery in your eyes anymore.
Only sadness.

Iraq changes controversial flag (2004)

new flag
New flag
iraki flag

Old flagthree equal horizontal bands of red (top), white, and black with three green five-pointed stars in a horizontal line centered in the white band; the phrase ALLAHU AKBAR (God is Great) in green Arabic script – Allahu to the right of the middle star and Akbar to the left of the middle star – was added in January 1991 during the Persian Gulf crisis; similar to the flag of Syria which has two stars but no script and the flag of Yemen which has a plain white band; also similar to the flag of Egypt which has a symbolic eagle centered in the white band

I would like to draw your attention to the latest insult the American Imperialists have placed on the noble people of Iraq. That of the replacement of their national flag. What bearing one may ask has the replacement of a flag have to this ‘process of liberation’ especially given the fact there is still no legitmate authority to discuss the matter and decide upon it. While the people of Iraq suffer the ravages of bombs and starvation at the hands of their ‘liberators’ they are now ordered to accept the new flag of colonialism. Yet again ithout any due process of demoracy askiing the opinions of the iraqi people they have had something dear to them taken away from them and something alien imposed upon them.

Gone is the traditional colour of Green strongly associated with the colour of Islam.
Gone is the traditonal colour of Black stronlgy associated with the Kerbala and the mourning of the martyrdom of Imam Hussain
Gone especially the newest addition, the inscription of ‘Allah o Akbar’ God is the greatest, despite the fact that it may have been added by Saddam for his own propoganda it encaptured the great resiliance of the Iraqi people and their dependence and trust in God in the fact of American tyranny.
Gone is the strong red that represented the blood sacrficed by the people in pursuit of freedom from tynranny and colonialism.
Gone are the colours of Pan-Arabism that united with many of its neighbours, in the same way many Western countries are united upon their choice of red, white and blue.

Instead what the Iraqis have been given is a flag alien to any country in the middle east except one. The light blue and white are colours of only one idealogy and have never been colours associated with Islam and muslims. The flag has intentionally been chosen to be devisive amongst muslims and especially arabs. Divide and conquer, with a subersive attempt to align it more with, yes you guessed it, Israel. The flag for the American colonialist is indictiive of what they want from the middle east states.

Ref: Al Bahrah

Also read: BBC Iraq unveils new ‘inclusive’ flag

Iraq changes controversial flag
Iraq’s US-appointed Governing Council has modified the new national flag after criticism that it looked too much like Israel’s.
Like the version announced on Monday, it is white with a blue crescent and has two blue stripes along the bottom, with a yellow stripe between them.

However, the stripes and crescent are now a darker shade of blue.

The Governing Council’s Massoud Barzani said it was important to replace the flag of Saddam Hussein’s regime.

“We cannot raise the flag of a party that committed many crimes against the Iraqi people,” he said.

But he stressed that it would only be “Iraq’s flag for the coming months until a permanent flag is chosen”.

The new design’s crescent represents Islam, while the blue lines are meant to be the Tigris and Euphrates rivers and the yellow strip stands for the Kurdish minority.

‘No consultation’

After the earlier version was announced, hundreds of Iraqis e-mailed BBC News Online to comment on it.

Some said it was a welcome break from the former regime, but many criticised the design.

Many Iraqis expressed regret that not enough of Iraq’s ethnic and religious groups – such as Turkmen, Assyrians or Iraqi Christians – were represented in it.

Others, however, felt that it was important to stress Iraqi unity, not diversity.

The biggest complaint was that it had been chosen by Iraq’s US-appointed council without consulting the people.

Other Iraqis questioned the Governing Council’s priorities, expressing disbelief that it had spent time and resources to change the Iraqi flag while violence raged in the country.

Ref: BBC