Too little notice has been paid to the importance of the symbolism behind the flag that the mujahideen displays with every post or video that they produce.
FlippinTheRaya has been sounding the alarm about the black flag of mohammad for months –
“The Black Flag (al-raya) traces it’s roots to the very beginning of Islam. It was the battle (jihad) flag of the Prophet Muhammed…”
“In contemporary Islamist movement, the black flag is used to symbolize both offensive jihad and the proponents of reestablishing the Islamic Caliphate”
” The simple fact of the matter folks, is that Mohamud flew a Black flag when he went to WAR for the sake of Islam. In the 21st century some people have chosen to use that 1400 year old WAR flag, and use it as a GLOBAL symbol for groups who wish to impose the rule of the Koran/Sharia/caliphate by FORCE!”
Two other noted bloggers brought the subject up today, Jawa & Gates of Vienna – “Throughout the history of Islam it has been displayed or flown whenever the mujahideen sally forth to behead the infidels. Suicide bombers record their last videos with the black flag in the background. Terrorists behead their captives for the camera while standing in front of the black flag.”
Radical jihadi know the effect this flag has on their ilk. It behooves us to be aware as well.
It would also be nice if Google/YouTube paid some attention to what they in essence promote, but we won’t hold our breath. A few samplings: