AFGHANISTAN: Red for Independence!

The ominous black standard of Afghanistan fluttered and crumpled down, last week, for the last time, from a tall flagstaff atop the National Assembly in Kabul.

At command from His Majesty King Amanullah, a new standard rose and streamed aloft. It was striped vertically black, red, green.

"Behold, my Loyal Subjects, our new flag!" cried His Majesty.

"Black! The old emblem was symbolical of Afghanistan's oppression by foreign peoples. In the new flag the black stripe represents our past.

"Red! That stripe is our blood, shed for independence!

"Green, lastly, is the symbol of our germinating wealth and hope for the future."

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