A blogger whom I respect greatly (PZ Meyers Pharyngula ) asks “Who Deserves Honor” . His piece is so well written I can do no better than to restate his opening line “Today is the day when nations around the world pause to celebrate their most colossal failures, the events that killed the greatest numbers of their citizens, that broke and crippled their men after they’d been intentionally trained to dehumanize other human beings”. Yesterday (11/11) I thanked my father for his sacrifice in WWII and that is truth. Even more true is that the most honor should fall to those who have dedicated their lives to stopping the madness that swallowed up my father’s generation. A popular phrase these days is “American Exceptionalism” . Along with “My Country Right or Wrong” or “America Love it Or Leave it” these memes and the emotional attachments that we (and those in other countries) have to them are at the root of the horrors. Are we exceptional? Yes sometimes, but so are people all around the world and sometimes we are much much worse than average. It is time for us to stop pretending that Patriotism is following whatever path the leaders say is ‘right’ without regard to details and recognize that those who are willing to endue the hate of their fellows in order to demonstrate the truth about wars and the reasons we fight them, those are the real Patriots.