Patriotism

Leaving the gym this morning, I saw a man wearing a t-shirt that called for the end of the Iraq War. Or, more specifically, the Iraq Occupation. Another man approached and accosted the t-shirted man, questioning his patriotism. The man supporting the end of the Iraq occupation made futile attempts at reason with an unreasonable man before telling him, most appropriately, to fuck off.
 
The actions of the "patriot" reminded me of a quote I read a few years ago.
 
"Patriotism is a pernicious, psychopathic form of idiocy." —George Bernard Shaw
 
 
The scene I witnessed this morning did nothing to prove Shaw wrong.
 
 
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