of no country.
I've never been very taken with the idea of a dogmatic loyalty to one's home country, whether it's one they're born into or one they have supposed ties to based on their ethnic roots. The idea has always seemed so arbitrary to me, even when I was little. To me it comes packed with this stipulation that your country is beyond reproach, in assuming that loyalty in and of itself is inherently a noble thing. And so notions like 'treason' seemed to me paradoxical, as being abided to act on a moral imperative shouldn't be constrained by the limits of what's essentially just simple geography. An act of so-called treason in such a context should be something celebrated.
I think it's better to think of these concepts in terms of who's to 'benefit' from them. People dispossessed of (or displaced from) their homeland, people embattled by larger tyrannical powers. Certainly in such a context, it's helpful to display your loyalties, if for no other reason than to project to others an ongoing struggle that's usually reactive and meant to uplift people of like communities.
I was (re)watching (more to have in the background) that Vice video about the Neturei Karta, the orthodox and anti-Zionist Jews who campaign for a free Palestine. During an altercation at the Israeli embassy, at one point, one of the Neturei Karta members gets called a 'traitor' for condemning Israel's occupation of Palestinian land. Likely you can accuse anyone who watches this scene and sympathizes with the Palestinians (which I believe you should if you consider yourself a moral person who cares about human rights) of having already made up their minds. But it just struck me how callous the notion was, of being blindly loyal to such concepts of a kind of brotherhood of a nation (even one that is built on blood), to be so easily dismissive of an entire group of people campaigning to end their own ethnic cleansing.
It's difficult to confront these people, so mired in the notion they take for granted that being critical of your own people is tantamount to heresy. It's all so very morally reprehensible to me.
So I'd like to end by asking, almost as a bit of a non-sequitur: are people like Bobby Sands and Leila Khaled, to you, terrorists or freedom fighters?