ALL countries generally act to protect the interests of those in power. To this end, countries do shameful things that most individuals would not do in good conscience.
Can we blame the average Brit or Yank for his/her country's imperialism? Can you blame the average German for the holocaust? Of course not. Decisions like that are made by people hiding behind large groups. There is no risk of being directly blamed for those decisions.
Naturally, that makes it difficult for an individual to defend ANY country, unless he's just a flag-waver who needs to believe his country is better than someone else's.
"There is no such thing as group conscience"
Henry David Thoreau
This is what I was talking about. This guy wants to define everything for us. How we "need" to feel like our country is better. It's so good that we have these types running around telling us how to live a better life, otherwise we wouldn't have a clue we should be miserable and ashamed.
I think that makes them classier.
Classier than any foolish patriot of whatever country.
That is a dickhead question, you must be an American.
Why is it ?
I stick up for my country unashamedly. Why is what?
Good on you young boy :))
well said unquestioned too much english bashing on hre sad when we're remembering our dead of 2world warsan beyond
Thank you prettyflamingo. ;)
I love the poppy in your hair. :))
Why is it a dickhead question ?
Get stuffed fool.
Yeah, Same in USA. You try and mention that you love your country and are proud of it and you're called a racist monster and an idiot.
Watch my next question.
Because their past is steeped in shame.
Unlike the pristine pasts of most other nations?
god forgive u for saying that
How do you mean
Born Warriors my friend
I'm not a Britt but love the Britt sense of adventure.. it takes balls to do that.
Lots of tea, and lots of balls
I think most countries in Europe,( and not only, I am pointing at you America, also to you Israel), specially the bigger ones who were empires in the past, have skeletons in their closets that stink when you open them: here in Spain we have the Inquisition and the bloodshed of our troops in the Netherlands, other nations have slavery, piracy, massacres of the local people in their conquered lands...much more reasons to feel ashamed than to feel proud.
Maybe there are fewer of us who are unquestioningly patriotic.
I live in England, a part of the United Kingdom, speak English but am, British.
If I had to fight [& I hope that would never be necessary] I would do it for Britain, not England, which is not a country.
To an extent we do not need to defend anything, our history cannot be re-written [despite recent attempts to do so], British descendents are worldwide & British influence is everywhere - what is increasingly the accepted language throughout the world for example?
A Justice system, public services & an open dialogue with other countries.........
I wouldn't wish our weather on anybody though.
cos thyre toobusygoing off to fight otherppl wars..respect and whlie im at it dnt target justenglsih w're welsh northern irish and scotland
Huh... and all this time I thought you were just being polite and smart enough to not argue with idiots.. Turns out you are just chicken.sh.i.ts... ( according to some of your answers )
Due to the fact that we live in a shithole of a country filled to bursting with *****