Today protestors in Pakistan burned the German flag in reaction to Amer Cheema’s suicide who was being held in Germany for trying to attack the editor in chief of the Welt.  The Welt had printed some of the Danish Mohammed cartoons.  

While the burning of the American flag tends to trigger outrages and emotional newspaper articles in the United Sates, the burning of the German flag in this and other cases did not.  My first thoughts when reading the Spiegel articles mentioning this were: “So what.”  The attachment to the national flag or other forms of patriotism are much less developed in germany than in the United States, yet when discussions were raised regarding the national anthem and the possibility of having a Turkish version, reactions were much more emotional than I had expected.