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Phew! What a past few years it has been for the American flag embraced throughout the world after the Sept 11 attacks; denounced throughout the world not long after; subject to a Republican attempt to make it fireproof during the last two national election cycles So with flags waving high during this Fourth of July, Truthdig invites its readers to reflect in the comments box on the nature of patriotism and nationalism Here are some primers from E Dionne, Howard Zinn and John Kerry (more).

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