Patriotism vs. xenophobia

…when a Western people resists a foreign invasion, this is called ‘patriotism’ and merits the highest praise, but when an Eastern people does so it is called ‘fanaticism’ or ‘xenophobia’ and merits hatred and contempt. Moreover, is it not in the name of ‘Right’ and ‘Liberty’, of ‘Justice’ and ‘Civilization’, that the Europeans claim to impose their domination over all others, and to forbid anyone to live and think otherwise than they do themselves?

Guenon the crisis of the modern world p. 104

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