I find it ironic that a guy who lives in the States to not acknowledge that especially considering Scotland was a sovereign state with its own language, culture and legal system, something that the USA never was, just being a colony.
Tell that to the Iroquois Nation, the Cherokee, the Hurons, the Navajo.....etc., etc.
(I know it's somewhat tangential, but I couldn't help pointing out. The lens of history is always a distorted lens, depending on the depth and magnification one wishes to apply. And, in some cases, the tint of the glass--see Tibet/China for a good example).
I'm happy to read this thread, and follow along--the issue interests me.
And FWIW, I don't read Kirtu's comments here as any sort of "judgement of Scotts," but more as a concern for the possibility of violence and strife as a result. I dunno.