RC20 - Fair enough, we can agree to disagree, it has been an interesting and enjoyable discussion. I reckon the SMLE was the best bolt action battle rifle, you don't. Nothing you have said has changed my mind, nothing I or we have said has changed yours.
I guess the different ways we look at it comes down to this: I think if you got a bunch of spear enthusiasts together, a discussion of whether the Ethiopians had the best war spears would be a perfectly valid debate - regardless of how fighting the Italians with them went.
Also, I do not recall you saying anything I took as being anti-British (few others had some interesting remarks, mind you) and certainly did not think your views on a particular country coloured your opinions. While I might not agree with your opinions, they are perfectly reasonable.
It has been fun.