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Iranian Flag Sale at Wal-Mart?

Stephen Braunlich ran across a very interesting picture from today's festivities in New York. From the Associated (with Dictators) Press:

People fly Iranian flags as a group showed support for Iran and the U.S. at the entrance of Columbia University in New York, Monday, Sept. 24, 2007 ahead of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaking at the campus later in the day. (AP/Stringer)

Note that the flag in this picture is not the flag of the "Islamic Republic of Iran," of which Mahmoud "The Petty Dictator" Ahmadinejad is the president. This flag is the pre-Revolutionary flag of the Shah:

Not the symbol of oppression.

Given that this flag has not been flown in Iran since the Islamic thugocracy waltzed its way into autocratic power, what do you suppose the odds are that these people are supporting Mahmoud's little tea party?

Update: Some of the AP photographers on site do know their history:

Iranian-American protesters drape themselves in pre-revolutionary imperial Iranian flags and carry pictures of their proclaimed 'crown prince' Reza Pahlavi as they rally near the United Nations, against the visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in New York, Monday Sept. 24, 2007. The group hope Pahlavi, the exiled son of the last shah of Iran, can someday lead a democratic Iran. (AP Photos/Bebeto Matthews)


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