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Article by Bryan Howard
November 12, 2018
During the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1 Veterans memorial event, French President Emanuel Macron used his speech to lash out at President Trump and Americans. He used his speech to bash “Nationalism,” and the idea of putting your country before the needs of the globe.
This comes after President Trump a few weeks ago declared he was a proud Nationalist which was met with intense backlash. Trump was claiming he will no longer put any countries needs over our own countries needs including our allies.
During his speech Macron claimed World War 1 was brought about by the evils of Nationalism, and it needs to be rejected for global unity. This statement is historically incorrect and I will explain at the end.
According to the Associated Press Macron stated, The old demons are rising again, ready to complete their task of chaos and of death.”
Macron continued, “Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism. In saying ‘Our interests first, whatever happens to the others,’ you erase the most precious thing a nation can have, that which makes it live, that which causes it to be great and that which is most important: Its moral values.”
Emanuel Macron was incorrect with his statement that Nationalism was the idea that caused the evils of World War 1. The Germans stated each world war and as we know in World War 2 it was because of Nazism and Hitler, but the less known world war is World War 1. Germany Started World War 1 as well but they were not ran by a Nationalist political idea. The Political party in charge of Germany were the Social Democrat party. Which means the evil that caused World War 1 was Socialism not Nationalism.