There is the old saying “One man’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter” On this occasion Wallace was 100% a Scottish Freedom fighter, he fought and died for Scotland. He killed English, but he killed English who were killing Scotland back in the 1300’s. There was a picture set out by Glasgow Celtic Football club last year where the question was asked “One man’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter” This was aimed at Wallace and Irish Politician Bobby Sands who died in a Hunger Strike, as a member of parliament at the hands of Maggie Thatcher, so I am assured in my thinking there will be many who say Wallace was a terrorist and Sands was a freedom fighter. In my thinking both men were freedom fighters fighting London. I was there the night Celtic FC Fans displayed this below and I was proud to be associated with Wallace and Sands in that moment. I think this School near where Scotland won her freedom just over 700 years ago at Bannockburn with the help of Robert the Bruce is laughable and the person to add Wallace’s name to the test should be fired. Wallace and Bruce, to this day stand outside my City’s castle gates protecting it, in stone of course. When I see them my heart is filled with joy and the memories I can almost feel. When I go to Bannockburn and stand on the field where Scotland “Sent the English home to think again” you can hear the whispers of our history, you can almost hear the clanging of armour at battle. This is awful, Wallace is a Scottish legend for all of time!!
A school less than a mile from Stirling Castle asked pupils to discuss whether William Wallace was a freedom fighter – or a terrorist. Bannockburn High School handed S2 pupils a list of individuals and groups, most of them associated with attacks on civilians around the world. But parents were surprised to see Wallace included in the line-up. The list given to modern studies pupils also included Osama Bin Laden and the IRA. One parent, who asked not to be named, said: “William Wallace has no place on that list.
“They should be teaching that Wallace is a great historical figure for Scotland, particularly at this school where you can look out the windows over to the Wallace Monument.” Head teacher James McParland said: “The pupils are asked to take account of the political context of people’s actions and decide whether they believe they were a terrorist or freedom fighter. “In reference to William Wallace they are also informed that he was considered at the time to be a terrorist by those opposed to Scottish independence.” Gary Stewart, convener of The Society of William Wallace, said: “It’s dangerous to compare Wallace with terrorists. “He was a freedom fighter and should be remembered as one of Scotland’s greatest heroes.”
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