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02-04-2012, 08:29 AM
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: South Koster, Sweden
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Yeah, God forbid American fans of an American team want more Americans.
I understand this point of view. I truly do. It is also a perfectly natural mindframe. You root for people from your own country, region, religion or heritage. Everbody does this and it will never end. A very basic and ancient trait of humanity. And it is a good thing - to a certain degree. Since I have lived in 9 countries I am no longer sure what I call home any more. I root for whoever I like in the sports world for what they deliver on the playing field - regardless of nationality, race, religion or political preference. But that is just me.
I believe it is only when blind patriotism becomes an ugly ignorance that one has to wonder and beware (and this is not the case here at all imo). A couple of very good quotes on the subject from brilliant minds imo are:
Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.
Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about.
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