Nationalism is nasty stuff
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
BBC News - Why Irish soldiers who fought Hitler hide their medals.
I hate the petty nationalisms of my home islands. It's why, though as Welsh as the next man if I choose, I prefer to call myself English. Hating the English is not an ideology; still less an honourable basis for nationhood. The BBC of course makes no mention of those Irishmen who went further; deserting the Irish Army to join the Waffen SS - for the opportunity to kill Englishmen. Shame on them and on all men who have nothing better to be proud of than imagined prehistoric tribal differences.