- - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Alex Salmond, leader of the Scottish independence movement, is now crying in his scotch (“Leader says Scots were ‘tricked’ into rejecting the referendum,” Web, Sept. 22). He promised nirvana, but wise Scots remembered the biblical admonition, “Pride goeth before the fall.” The people of Scotland know the difference between pride and realpolitik, a word added to the popular lexicon by the wise onetime West German Chancellor Willy Brandt. Pride doesn’t pay the bills. The Scots are smart. They cheer for “Braveheart” on the silver screen, but voted against a politician who offered pride and poverty.

JOSEPH R. FARRELL

Alexandria

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