22 September, 2020

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‘Do You Love Your Country?’ Is A Trick Question

By Anne Perkins –

Anne Perkins

Anne Perkins

Do you love your country? When Keith Vaz, the MP who chairs the home affairs committee put the question to the Guardian’s editor-in-chief, Alan Rusbridger, midway through yesterday’s evidence session on the NSA leaks, it was, almost certainly, meant helpfully. It was that lawyerly thing of getting out into the open the answer to the opposition’s charge (the rather hefty one of treason) before the opposition had a chance to put it themselves. Cue unqualified affirmation!

But do you love your country? Well do you? Quite right, it’s a trick question. The answer’s not what you say, or even the way that you say it. The answer is in the pause between the end of the question and the start of the answer. If you need to stop and think about it, then you might just as well say no. You almost certainly don’t love your country in the way that the person who asked the question meant.

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    Country is a concept in the minds of people. The physical land in which one lives, you can love or hate for various reasons for example if it is too hot. You may not love the governing system, or the majority of the people discriminating you as in former South Africa. Negro slaves of the long past US has no reason to love that country. I would have no reason to love a country if wherever I go I am called a Paki! The country may be on the verge of a division – then your answer depends on whether you are for split or not.

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    There is ONLY one lot who say ‘Our country, right or wrong’, and they are not in Sri Lanka. In Sri Lanka we have those who ‘aspire’ to aquire by any means possible that which belongs to US.

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    “|”Cue unqualified affirmation!”|”Que Guapísima??
    But do you love your country? Well do you? Quite right, it’s a trick question.
    Que Guapísima?? Recognising people we think are like us is not just about self-definition, it’s about self-protection.

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    Patriotism is the incubator of wars.
    Patriotism is to politics what faith is to religion:
    Similar to religion, patriotism is an emotion, as opposed to a rational thought process. ,  

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    Interesting!!!The answer will depend on ones own experience!!!

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    love country or love people? love food?

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      greatest happiness- like that foofoo ha ha

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    Easy way out – Love the country and hate the political system. Like the reverse motion with the JHU terror gangs. They will kill you, loot your belonging, rape your womenfolk and then will pose a question “Do you love your country” & “Are you patriotic” and the most stupendous is calling others “Extremists and fundamentalists”…………..Their own childhood rape experiences are driving them mad. IT REQUIRES A MEDICAL MIRACLE TO CURE THESE MENTAL RETARDS. I Forgot to mention: MR is their leader.

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    It is interesting that the question was posed by an Asian MP. Did he want to appear to be MORE British than the British ?

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      Foofoo getting emotional. The question of a native asking does not arise.

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