From a Green Rectangle to Kalashnikovs!

Of all the weapons in the vast soviet arsenal, nothing was more profitable than Avtomat Kalashnikova model of 1947. More commonly known as the AK-47, or Kalashnikov. It’s the world’s most popular assault rifle. A weapon all fighters love. An elegantly simple 9 pound amalgamation of forged steel and plywood. It doesn’t break, jam, or overheat. It’ll shoot whether it’s covered in mud or filled with sand. It’s so easy, even a child can use it; and they do. The Soviets put the gun on a coin. Mozambique put it on their flag. Since the end of the Cold War, the Kalashnikov has become the Russian people’s greatest export. After that comes vodka, caviar, and suicidal novelists. One thing is for sure, no one was lining up to buy their cars.

Yuri Orlov(Nicholas Cage) – Lord of War*

Kalashnikov on the flag...

I remembered this monologue from Lord of War movie when I looked at the mozambiquean flag the other day and thought to myself Damn I´ve gone from a Green Rectangle to a flag with a Kalashnikov! Sweet!. It´s odd to see a gun on the flag of a country, but after reading up on the flag meaningI understand. The Kalashnikov represents the nation’s determination to defend its freedom. Interesting but doesn´t mean it´s not macabre.

Simplicity vs Creativeness?

Still a bit of change from the Green Rectangle, hopefully won´t be running into as many AK-47´s as I did green flags in Libya… Though… it has already made an appearance.

Yes, I thought it wise to photograph someone with a gun...

If you want to know more about flag meanings go to this site: http://www.worldflags101.com/.

 * For the monologue, click here

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4 Responses to From a Green Rectangle to Kalashnikovs!

  1. You have more balls than I do! Photographing people with guns, are you suicidal? Lol!

    • Tonito says:

      LOL! It was a moving car… That´s the only reason I took the photo… Otherwise no way in hell I would! There! My shrivelled balls are revealed! 🙂

  2. Leo says:

    Its really not such an anomaly to see a rifle on a flag. After all many countries have weapons on their flags. Older countries often have a sword on their flag like Saudi Arabia. Kenya has tribal spears and Angola has a machete on their flags. Guatemala has bayonetted rifles crossed on the crest of its flag and Sri Lanka has a weird lion thing holding a sword…
    So my point is people are violent.

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