As the tumult and the shouting die over the second unveiling of France's tribute to our boast of Liberty, it may be appropriate to note two continuing, related worldwide evils we share.
First is the standard confusion of patriotism with nationalism, at the expense of patriotism--which, to me, is loving pride in the virtues of a homeland and dedication to making it ever better by recognizing and correcting flaws; while nationalism divides the species with "My country, right or wrong, and to hell with all others," and considers continuing improvement unnecessary, if not downright treasonable.
I am not proud of being an American, which simply means unjustified arrogance for the accident of my birth. Rather, I am thankful for the accident.
Second is our practice, generally shared through all history with all nations, of ignoring the dark side of our history, which may be summed up as the practices of theft and genocide.