Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Flags For Sale

With Danish flags being burned in countries where you don't find a whole lot of Danes, I was wondering where all these flags come from. I wouldn't know where to buy a Danish flag. How many Danish flags could there be in Gaza? More than you might expect:
When entrepreneur Ahmed Abu Dayya first heard that Danish caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad were being reprinted across Europe, he knew exactly what his customers in Gaza would want: flags to burn.

Abu Dayya ordered 100 hard-to-find Danish and Norwegian flags for his Gaza City shop and has been doing a swift trade.

"I do not take political stands. It is all business," he said in an interview. "But this time I was offended by the assault on the Prophet Mohammad."
We can scratch "capitalism" off of the "Institutions to Export" list. Can we move on to "freedom of expression"?