2006-01-26 1845 Opinion: Some people just cannot differentiate patriotism and blind loyalty. I find it hard to understand . . .

Some people just cannot differentiate patriotism and blind loyalty. I find it hard to understand people out there who somehow seem to think that to criticise the US President is in some way “unpatriotic” or “Unamerican” and makes people who do “reds”, “commies”, “muslim lovers” or whatever. Guys, lighten up. You’re watching way too much TV.

Just for the record, I don’t live in the US. I’m not a US citizen so that’s about as Unamerican as it’s possible to be.

Anyhow, let’s put this whole patriotism thing another way:

If an Iraqi citizen saw fit to criticise Sadam Hussain, was he being unpatriotic? Were his beliefs in some way “anti-Iraq” or “pro-Infidel”. Would the fact that he spoke out against the leadership in some way side him with the enemy and make him just the same as them? Does he no longer deserve to call Iraq his home if he hates his country so much?

I’d say that Iraqi citizen was being brave for standing up and making his voice heard. I’d say he was speaking out because he’s proud of his country and not the opposite.

So, what’s the difference between an Iraqi citizen saying that Sadam is wrong and evil, and someone in the US saying the same about their President?

One thing only, be my reckoning – in Iraq the citizen would be likely to have been shot. Not even the US President does that. Yet.

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