Pride and admiration for one's Homeland is both understandable and admirable ( provided that such pride and admiration is capable of an honest and fair critique),
Without such a critique such pride and admiration can lead into blind loyalty, patriotism and nationalism.
My beloved United Kingdom has its fair share of xenophobia. It has been so since I was knee high to a grasshopper, and for centuries before that.
Such un-critical nationalism is but a few steps away from xenophobia, and such xenophobia points the way to dangerous hatred.
Take for instance this poster about a missing child.
Boy oh boy this is heart wrenching. Who could fail to be moved by this tale of a missing child?
BUT no such child exists.
THERE is no Amy Hamilton.
SEE the fine print.
DAILY B-ALE is a right wing anti Muslim faction in G.B.
THE 'PHONE # is for an (innocent) Insurance agency
XENOPHOBIA is DOWNRIGHT dangerous and evil when it plumbs these depths.
Concern for a "non-missing child' in the service of Islamaphobia is reprehensible.
(Some stuff on American xenophobic stupidity and ignorance tomorrow.)