We Are All Britons Today


We are flying the Union Jack in solidarity with London this week.

The State Department felt so moved by the tragedy today that they raised the Union Jack on their flag pole, making it the first foreign flag to fly over our State Department.

Thanks to Jeff Harrell for the art.

5 Comments so far

  1. maisnon (unregistered) on July 8th, 2005 @ 11:13 am

    I’ve thought about your post overnight, and I still have the same reaction: I’m offended that the State Department is flying the Union Jack. More accurately, I’m offended that this is the first flag the State Department has chosen to fly.

    While I agree that this is a tragedy, there have been many, many worse tragedies – a number of which were terrorism-related.

    Why this one? Is it because Britain is a political ally? Is it because racially and culturally they look more like us?

  2. Tiffany (unregistered) on July 8th, 2005 @ 11:30 am

    I’m sure it has to do with the fact that the US and UK have been best buddies since, oh, 1918, more than any recent realpolitik.

    Besides, the Queen had “The Star-Spangled Banner” played instead of “God Save the Queen” at a UK state event on September 12, 2001, so why shouldn’t we accord them the same respect?

  3. wayan (unregistered) on July 8th, 2005 @ 11:35 am


    I couldn’t agree with you more. Why is it that 50 dead Britons get us to fly a Union Jack over the State Department but not 200 dead Indonesians & Australians or 191 dead Spaniards?

    And the 250 dead Kenyans & Americans? Everyone’s forgotten about those folks, arguably the very first victums of al Qaeda.

    While it’s a sad tragedy, flying a flag over the State Department was not the right or even appropriate response.

  4. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on July 8th, 2005 @ 11:43 am

    Actually, I thought it was a pretty cool move, especially in response to the Queen playing the Star-Spangled Banner in 01.

  5. darpino (unregistered) on July 8th, 2005 @ 11:47 am

    Maisnon and Wayan, I whole-heartedly concur.

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