Sometimes I think bad flags may be more than just ugly. They can be downright counterproductive. The Assyrian nationalist movement created this flag to represent the Assyrian diaspora and hope for a new nation to which all Assyrians could return. But if I were a diplomat and an Assyrian delegation came to me seeking recognition for nationhood, I’d be reaching for my big red “rejected” stamp as soon as I saw this flag.
First of all, the four squiggly bands of color are supposed to represent the Tigris and Euphrates and something called the Zawa. They look more like an American front porch decked out in bunting for the 4th of July. The star at the center has a solar disc in its center. I’d pick one celestial object and stick with it. More subtly, the two shades of blue are distracting. Finally, we have to address the fella floating above everything. This is Ashur, the major god of the Assyrians. He’s floating up there in a sphere made of feathers, shooting arrows as he pleases. I’d edit him out. He’s just superfluous, as ancient Assyrian religion is no longer practiced, and most Assyrians are Christians of some sort. It’s not like the Assyrians had a strong tradition of vexillography and just made one mistake. Their previous flag was just as bad. It’s a classic tricolor, but it’s tarted up with some hot pink and stars!!!
And in case you wanted to learn even more about the Assyrian flag and hear a lovely patriotic Assyrian song, YouTube is always willing to oblige. The dazzling special effects are an added bonus.