Sep 14, 2007


Al-Qaeda flag featured at US military museum

TRIANGLE, United States (AFP) — A banner once displayed in front of an abandoned Al-Qaeda safehouse in Iraq has found a new home at a US military museum.

The three-meter-long (10-foot-long) black flag, recovered by a battalion of marines in Fallujah in November 2004, is now on display at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Virginia.

The flag "is believed to be the same banner seen in the atrocious videos broadcast all over the world displaying the torture and executions of many innocent civilians by insurgents and terrorists," according to the text accompanying the exhibit.

The flag was found, the narrative went on to say, "in a room that illustrated obvious signs of torture, including blood-stained floor mats and a wheel chair."

Handwritten text on the flag reads: "Kill them so they won't be trouble," and "Only one God. Mohammed is his messenger."

The artifact went on display two days ago at the museum, which has been open for less than a year.

"Our job is to collect the material for future," said museum director Lin Ezell, who rejected efforts to put the exhibition within a political or ideological context.

Well, I'll put it in context for you: the flags of losers end up in the museums of winners.

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"Kill them so they won't be trouble"? That cuts both ways, you sonsabitches.

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