nationalism embraces newcomers and instills them with the same pride in their new homeland thatthose born there already have.Negatives are:1) Bigotry and intolerance. Human nature being what it is tends to corrupt concepts that should bepositive. Isolationism, racism and ethnic conflict are common.2) Facism. The extreme is always a possibility once the door has been opened.3) Simplistic thinking and population control through propaganda. Nationalism by its nature tends not toallow deversity of opinions and this results in accusations of disloyalty. As soon as you hear people shoutphrases such as "un-American", "un-British" and "un-Australian" etc etc around, its a sign of peoplehijacking national identity to quell the views of their oponents.4) Expolitation of the people by their leaders. JFK's already quoted statement can also have ahorrendous aspect to it: reducing citizens to mindless drones to be exploited whereby the governmentdoes not serve the people, the people serve the government.5) The creation of false enemies. Either in the form of actual people or in concepts, nationalism tends tocreate the existance of opposing forces, those who are a threat to the nation. Usually, these are notreally a threat at all but are perceived so because they do not conform. Homosexuals, religious groups,ethnic groups, conscientious objectors, foreign powers and new ideas are all frequently portrayed as"wrong" or a threat.
Like Italy, Germany had quite a few serious issues to resolve once unification took place. [ Regionaldifferences, developing since the first settlement of the Germanic tribes during the Roman Empire,were distinct, and local princes refused to give up substantial power to the central government. TheBerlin assembly, therefore, was kept weak. Germany, like the United States under the Articles of theConf
ederation, seemed merely a loose of confederation of autonomous states. In Germany’s case,
one state, Prussia, was absolutely dominant due to its size, power, and military strength. However,the creation of a unified Germany in central Europe marked one of the greatest revolutions in thehistory of international relations. Since the establishment of nation-states in Europe, France, underthe Valois-Bourbon royal line, dedicated its foreign policy to the weakening of Habsburg (Austrian andSpanish royal families) and the continued disunity of the Germanic provinces. Now that centralEurope was united into two major powers
Germany and Italy
Europe was quite a different place.What would now become of the traditional balance of power in place since the defeat of Napoleon?The whole point had been that no one nation should gain excessive power and strength on theContinent. Zionists used their belief in their racial supremacy, like most Europeans did at the time, to justify their colonization and dispossession of Palestine from its true owners. The Arab savage (theythought) could never understand what Palestine means to a Jew, for they could not have possiblyattained the spiritual cognizance that was innate in Jews vis-a-
vis their connection to eretz y’israel.