From CNN :
Chris Doyle, director of the Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding, said Tuesday the red cross was an insensitive reminder of the Crusades.I suspect this one would be more to his liking :
"A lot of Muslims and Arabs view the Crusades as a bloody episode in our history," he told CNN. "They see those campaigns as Christendom launching a brutal holy war against Islam.
"Muslim or Arab prisoners could take umbrage if staff wore a red cross badge. It's also got associations with the far-right. Prison officers should be seen to be neutral."
Doyle added that it was now time for England to find a new flag and a patron saint who is "not associated with our bloody past and one we can all identify with."
No associations with violence there, and the writing "There is no god apart from Allah, and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.", well, that's quite neutral, isn't it?
Just listen to the words of Abu Bakar Bashir :
Scott Atran: What can the West, especially the US, do to make the world more peaceful?Well, they've said it themselves, co-existence between the Islamofascists and anyone else - such as Shi'ites or Moderate Muslims - is impossible. It takes two to make a war, but only one to make a massacre, and those are the only options. There can be no peace. Time to stop pussyfooting around and counter-attack, and if the Muslim World doesn't like that, well, as the Islamofascists said, God Wills It. Deus Veult. The only problem is target discrimination - only hitting the guilty, and not the innocent.
Abu Bakar Bashir: They have to stop fighting Islam. That's impossible because t is sunnatullah [destiny, a law of nature], as Allah has said in the Koran. If they want to have peace, they have to accept to be governed by Islam.
SA: What if they persist?
ABB: We'll keep fighting them and they'll lose. The batil [falsehood] will lose sooner or later. I sent a letter to Bush. I said that you'll lose and there is no point for you [to fight us]. This [concept] is found in the Koran.
SA: So this fight will never end?
ABB: Never. This fight is compulsory. Muslims who don't hate America sin. What I mean by America is George Bush's regime. There is no iman [belief] if one doesn't hate America.
SA: How can the American regime and its policies change?
ABB: We'll see. As long as there is no intention to fight us and Islam continues to grow there can be peace. This is the doctrine of Islam. Islam can't be ruled by others. Allah's law must stand above human law. There is no [example] of Islam and infidels, the right and the wrong, living together in peace.
The Black Flag indicating no quarter opposite is the only alternate to St George's cross: if they push too far with Jihad, they will provoke a Crusade. I know that's what the want, in order to get the rest of Islam on their side, but I suspect that they underestimate our capacity for viciousness when defending ourselves. I hope I'm not overestimating our ability to distinguish the guilty from the innocent.
If that means the Islamofascists have won, then I'll concede. As long as they're extinct, the point is moot. I hope the rest of Islam isn't rendered extinct along with them. We've committed enough sin. But if it come to a choice between 1.2 Billion Muslims or 4.8 Billion non-Muslims surviving.... I hope that Islam gets its house in order soon, for its own sake. And for the sake of our souls.