Black Flags Flying At U.S. Embassy – What Do They Mean?

Most of America has heard the news of how Muslims in Libya overran the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi and killed the U.S. Ambassador and three other Americans.  They also heard that the militants torn down the U.S. flag and raised a black flag over the embassy.

But how many Americans know or understand what the black flag means?

Many of our military men and women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan know the significance of the black flag all too well.

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I have several nephews that have fought in Iraq and have heard and read from others that have served and they all say the same thing—black flags meant the truce was over and that they are a warning to locals and others that danger is present and attacks are near.

One such report was recently posted by David French on the American Center for Law Justice website.  French writes about his experience in Iraq back in 2008 and how on this one day he saw the black flags flying for the first time.  The streets were eerily empty of civilians.  It was the day their convoy came under attack.  It was a harrowing time for French and his convoy and he is very thankful that he eventually made it safely back to his base.

When the Libyans who stormed the American compound in Benghazi were sending a signal that any supposed truce between the U.S. and Libya was no longer going to be observed by those involved.  It also means that there could and probably would be more attacks and acts of violence against U.S. facilities and citizens.

Yet the U.S. response to the attacks has been questionable at best so far.   The Obama administration has condemned the attacks, but their condemnation only makes us look weak and ridiculous in the eyes of the Muslim militants.  French summed it up pretty good when he wrote:

“We do not know what is happening behind closed doors (where the administration’s talk and actions may be much tougher than we currently perceive), but the parade of public American condemnations for an asinine YouTube are ineffectual at best and counterproductive at worst. Some jihadists in fact will view the condemnations as proof of their power and influence over American leaders. They had their moments on September 11 and September 12. They need to soon experience a decisive American response.”

Perhaps it’s time Americans start flying black flags to let the Muslim militants know that any truce is over and we are on our way to take justice into our own hands on those that perpetrated the attacks.  Our military leaders need to forget our Muslim in the White House and do what’s right by the American people and those that were murdered.

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