The only disappointment was the protesters, a smaller group than last year, who didn’t stay more than a couple of hours. I didn’t get a chance to check out their placards, but they were flying an interesting flag: the red-yellow-purple flag of the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War, except that the star in the center had five points instead of three. What’s the matter with the left nowadays? Can they not even get their emblems right? Or perhaps it was some tribute to the Vietcong, what do I know?