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It's very hard to imagine that kind of patriotism in the EU today. The US is certainly still infected with it, but nothing makes people less reluctant to fight wars than seeing most of your generation destroyed and most of your country bombed to rubble.

It's hard to imagine though not impossible. There has been talk of more protectionism due to "the crisis", and doesn't protectionism also favour patriotism? Besides, what is the percentage left of West Europeans who have seen most of their generation destroyed or their country bombed to rubble?

War begins with a change of attitude that may look harmless in the beginning, i.e. envy of the other, then blaming, demonising the other, self-defence against the other and then, or before that, truth will be uncool (s.a.) and the waving of the flag cool.

I suspect that there are few voices under 30 on this blog and, as a whole, this blog doesn't aim at reflecting mainstream thought which could be more revealing with regards to patriotic/Eurotic feelings that could be susceptible to (war) propaganda.

by Lily (put - lilyalmond - here <a> yahaah.france) on Tue Jan 13th, 2009 at 01:02:31 PM EST
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