My one concern with the regularity of the American flag in the news since 11 September is it being incorporated into "headline graphics" EVERYWHERE - including the network logos at the bottom of the screen. If the newly discovered patriotism is simply an expression of support for the victims, that is one thing - however, I question the use of national colours in logos, etc., with the same dim view as I had for the Conservative party in the UK using the Union Flag as a political symbol - "What, you're MORE British than Labour?"
The bigger issue, however, will be the media's willingness and/or ability to critically report FACTS, not the "rally 'round the flag, boys" version we've been getting, but FACTS. What is the whole story? How many saw in the US media ANYTHING about protests of military action? There were some, but who heard about them?
People's responses to phrases like 'war on terrorism' will vary from "are we really at war?" to "how can you win?" For the answer to how you beat terrorists, look to my post in the initial "AMERICAN ATTACKS" thread - the one about "damn the consequences." Or, if you want a historical model - look at the French in Algeria.
I wonder how many of the same people screaming for revenge will still be screaming for blood when it is US, UK, French and other 18-25 year olds who happen to be in uniforms that are in bodybags. THEN I wonder how many American flags will still be seen in logos everywhere you look. If they're gone, ask why - then ask why were they there in the first place except for a bit of demogogery....
(no I can't spell at all).
Hoping I'm wrong, but wouldn't bet on it...