a reply to: lavatrance
First of all, although all human beings are the same in that they are all members of the same species (statement of fact, not for debate), it is not
accurate to say that an African is an African, because Africa is not a country, it is a continent. Within that continent are many different countries,
and within those countries are different cultures.
Arabs also are not all alike. For a start, some of them live in Northern Africa technically speaking, which means they have different cultural
influences to an Arab who lives in the Middle East proper.
And here is the very special thing about the various kingdoms which make up the United Kingdom of Great Britain. Our peoples, the Scottish, the
Irish, the English and the Welsh were and are distinct from one another. Our shared history has been bloody, often with incidents of one or another of
the tribes beating the snot out of the others for a time, as much as any invasions from elsewhere. But suffice to say, we spent a good deal of time,
up until relatively recently in the history of these isles (which is fantastically long by the way), at war with one another.
Then, bit by bit, the Scottish, the Welsh, some of the Irish, and the English, came to terms, often by blood to be sure, but terms none the less. But
you must understand that although I am the product of every one of the four nations that make up this one nation we call the Unitied Kingdom, and
although I am proud to say that despite efforts to break it apart, that the nation is still united, an Englishman and a Scottsman are not the same
thing in the least.
In fact, it is one of the strengths that the UK has traditionally had over nations with whom it has gone to war, nations with whom it has made trade
deals... The combination of the nations under one flag that are collectively known as the United Kingdom of Great Britain, is a potent mix precisely
because of our diversity, rather than because we are all the same. It has ever been thus, and long may it continue!