We don’t usually delve too far into the political here at TR, but when it verges into sheer pop-culture inspired wackiness and goes crazy, sometimes it can be hard to resist. In this instance, reader GallenDugall passed along a hysterical clip from Egyptian TV in which the anchorwoman notes that the flag of the Syrian opposition – which did not yet exist – appears in that 2001 episode of The Simpsons featuring *NSYNC and the “Yvan eht NioJ” music video (I’d totally forgotten it was a pre-9/11 episode).
What seems obvious to me is that it’s the flag of our then #1 Mid-East foe Iraq, with a slight color change for deniability. What seems obvious in Egypt, apparently, is that the U.S. created the Syrian opposition and their plans prematurely and subliminally leaked out in a cartoon show…that itself was making fun of subliminal messaging!
God damn, their version of our government sounds clever.