The initiative was launched, it seems, shortly before the May 25 pro-judges demo, but itâ€™s picking up now. Several blogs have posted the picture including:
-Wael 3abbass put the inverted flag on his front page of this week's issue of MisrDigital, with a caption: â€œYes, weâ€™ve inverted the flag, because the country is in a catastrophe. We will not correct it, till the country itself is corrected.â€�
-Al-Shawakish Qademoon, (the Hammers are Coming), the website of the â€œ30th of February Organization-Retards for Changeâ€� also ran the icon. The 30th of Feb Organization is cyber-joke launched by the bloggers in March, following the attacks on Coptic churches in Alexandria, for which the interior ministry blamed a "mentally retarded" suspect. The bloggers were mocking the security servicesâ€™ constant blaming of â€œretardsâ€� for terror, homicide, and whatever crimes they couldnâ€™t solve, like the massacre in Bani Mazar.
-3amr 3ezzat, another prominent Egyptian blogger, ran the poster following the assault on Sharqawi.
The flag has always been a taboo in Egyptâ€™s political culture, both left and right.
Iâ€™ve heard across the years all sorts of jokes on how Americans are flag-waving patriots, but honestly, I think (or at least used to) Egyptians are worse in that regards. And probably what happened to the Sudanese refugees in Mohandessin last December was a strong evidence of that.
Even at the height of Egyptian leftist radicalism in the 1970s, flag-burning traditions, like those pictures we saw of the US anti-war demos, never really took off in Egypt. The flag was extremely sacred. I remember sometime in the late 1990s, the media went hysterical when Muslim Brothers students at Dar el-3oloum raised the flag of Egypt, but with the Quran and the two swords (the MB's symbol) replacing Saladin's Eagle.
I always felt the opposition was in a constant competition with the regime over who is more "patriotic"--and as an internationalist that sickens me, and I hope the latest cyber-campaign might be a departure from this narrow chauvinist view.