Iraq The Model IRAQ THE MODEL: Syrian Protesters Burning Iranian and Russian Flags (Updated) I've followed this blog for some time and am impressed with the viewpoint of these two Iraqis and their fair reporting. Saturday, May 21, 2011 Syrian Protesters Burning Iranian and Russian Flags (Updated) Through decades we saw protesters within the Middle East burning the flags of both America and Israel as these countries were believed to represent the enemies of the people. For the first time, we see protesters burning the Russian and Iranian flags and not the American and Israeli flags. Are we watching the redefinition of the enemies of the people within the Middle East? The first video shows protesters in Syria burning the Iranian and Russian flags. The second video shows a protester holding a handwritten sign written in Russian and Arabic saying to the Russian leadership that the Syrian people want their freedom. Update: Today the Hizballah flag was burned in Syria with the protesters chanting No to Iran, No to Hizballah.