[WSMDiscuss] Pentagon bans displays of the Confederate flag on military installations (Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press)

Id Khajuria idkhajuria at gmail.com
Sun Jul 19 04:40:10 CEST 2020

Post Covid-19 world can be more Authoritarian  and  to establish national
state leadership they can go to any extent.The present leadership of nation
states  undermining the trans-nationalis and interdependence of each
phenomenon/process and want to  rule the humankind by dividing and
suppressing by the means of Might,Money and Militaristic methods.

Warm regards

I D  Khajuria

On Sun, Jul 19, 2020 at 4:49 AM Jai Sen <jai.sen at cacim.net> wrote:

> Saturday, July 18, 2020
> *Viruses in movement…, The US in movement…, **Racism in movement…, **Resistance
> in movement…, Politics in movement…*
> [The US is aflame, its peoples are afire….  And, or at least as it seems
> to an outsider, another symbol - and bastion - of white supremacy falls !
> And within the US state.
> [And just as in the earlier case of the Chief of Staff of the US military
> finding a way to contradict the president and reach out to tell – instruct
> - all military personnel that it was not their job to intervene in domestic
> politics and unrest (which Trump tried), what seems important here is
> again, the military establishment pushing back against Trump’s support for
> the Confederate flag and for those who fly it – which is no mean political
> position to take, in the current circumstances of struggle.  And so where
> in the battle of ideas that is underway, and of moral authority, this
> pushback, and division, is also important to note, and to see developing :
> In the US :
> *Pentagon bans displays of the Confederate flag on military installations*
> Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press
> https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/us-politics/article-pentagon-bans-displays-of-the-confederate-flag-on-military/
> [image: ‘Suddenly, after 126 years of taunting and jeering at Black
> Mississippians and their white allies from atop flag poles, the flag is
> history.’]
> Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol Honor Guard members retire the state
> flag, which contained a Confederate emblem, in Jackson, Miss.  Protestors
> have been calling for the removal of Confederate flags. ‘Suddenly, after
> 126 years of taunting and jeering at Black Mississippians and their white
> allies from atop flagpoles, the flag is history.’ (Rory Doyle / AFP via
> Getty Images)
> After weeks of wrangling, the Pentagon is banning displays of the
> Confederate flag on military installations, in a carefully worded policy
> that doesn’t mention the word ban or that specific flag. The policy, laid
> out in a memo released Friday, was described by officials as a creative way
> to bar the flag’s display without openly contradicting or angering
> President Donald Trump, who has defended people’s rights to display it.
> Signed by Defence Secretary Mark Esper on Thursday night, the memo lists
> the types of flags that may be displayed at military installations. The
> Confederate flag is not among them – thus barring its display without
> singling it out in a “ban.” Details of the policy were first reported by
> the AP.
> “We must always remain focused on what unifies us, our sworn oath to the
> Constitution and our shared duty to defend the nation,” Mr. Esper’s memo
> states. “The flags we fly must accord with the military imperatives of good
> order and discipline, treating all our people with dignity and respect, and
> rejecting divisive symbols.”
> Acceptable flags listed in the memo include the U.S. and state banners,
> flags of other allies and partners, the widely displayed POW/MIA flag and
> official military unit flags.
> Confederate flags, monuments and military base names have become a
> national flashpoint in the weeks since the death of George Floyd.
> Protesters decrying racism have targeted Confederate monuments in multiple
> cities. Some state officials are considering taking them down, but they
> face vehement opposition in some areas.
> According to a Defence Department official familiar with the matter, the
> decision not to name a specific prohibited flag was to ensure the policy
> would be apolitical and could withstand potential legal challenges based on
> free speech. The official said the White House is aware of the new policy
> and that it takes effect immediately.
> Mr. Trump has flatly rejected any notion of changing base names, and has
> defended the flying of the Confederate flag, saying it’s a freedom of
> speech issue.
> According to Mr. Esper’s memo, the display of unauthorized flags – such as
> the Confederate banner carried during the Civil War – is acceptable in
> museums, historical exhibits, works of art or other educational programs.
> The Marine Corps has already banned the Confederate flag. General David
> Berger, the commandant of the Marine Corps, directed his commanders in
> early June to remove public displays of the Confederate battle flag. That
> flag, which some embrace as a symbol of heritage, “carries the power to
> inflame feelings of division” and can weaken the unit cohesion that combat
> requires, Gen. Berger said.
> Military commands in South Korea and Japan quickly followed suit. The new
> policy does not affect or rescind those bans.
> The other three military services were all moving to enact similar bans,
> but they paused when Mr. Esper made it known he wanted a consistent policy
> across the whole department. Now they will instead issue this new policy to
> their troops and employees.
> Defence leaders have for weeks been tied in knots over the incendiary
> issue of banning the Confederate flag, An early draft of the Defence
> Department plan banned display of the Confederate flag, saying the
> prohibition would preserve “the morale of our personnel, good order and
> discipline within the military ranks and unit cohesion.” That version was
> shelved, and officials have been struggling since then to come up with a
> policy that would have the same effect but not create political havoc.
> Mr. Esper discussed the matter with senior leaders during a meeting
> Wednesday, including some of the legal issues surrounding a variety of
> bans, which some officials believe could be challenged in court.
> The final version is a compromise that enables Mr. Esper to enact a ban
> that passes legal muster and gives military leaders what they want, but
> doesn’t infuriate the commander in chief.
> According to the official, the new policy doesn’t undo the bans already in
> place, and service chiefs and secretaries will still be able to enact
> additional, more stringent policies restricting symbols they believe are
> divisive and harmful to unit cohesion. The official spoke on condition of
> anonymity to discuss decisions not yet made public.
> Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told reporters on Thursday that he is still
> working on a policy that would remove all divisive symbols from Army
> installations.
> He didn’t mention the flag, but said, “we would have any divisive symbols
> on a no-fly list.”
> ____________________________
> Jai Sen
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> International Development and Globalisation Studies at the University of
> Ottawa
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