Glorifying Treason

Imagine the outcry if a mainstream Arab singing group came out with an album glorifying MAJ Nidal Hasan, John Walker Lindh, Adam Gadahn, and other American Muslims who took up arms against their fellow Americans.

Yet the Chieftains have done pretty much the same thing with their album, San Patricio, which glorifies Irish-Americans who deserted the American Army during the Mexican War, joined the enemy, and fought against the US. They, too, had religious motivations. They complained of anti-Catholic bias in the American military. They sympathized with Mexico because they were their co-religionists. And immediately after the fall of Chapultepec, they were executed for their treason. Oh, it may be a beautiful album, as some critics rave. It’s being pushed by Starbucks.

But it’s still an album glorifying those who betrayed their nation and took up arms as enemy soldiers.

2 thoughts on “Glorifying Treason

  1. This is an area I would love to discuss in greater detail, not just the specific example of the San Patricios but the whole area of divided loyalties. Why was this an issue for some Irish in the 1840s and some Muslim Americans (and why are they Muslim_Americans and not Pakistani-American, Egyptian-American etc?). Why was it not a widespread issue for German-Americans and Italian-Americans in the 1940s? Basis for an interesting article I think.

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