Â Albert Einstein’s supposedly famousÂ observation that “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting differentÂ results” was apparently not made by Albert at all but rather by Rita Mae Brown in her 1983 book Sudden Death, (p. 68), but does it really matter?Â The point is, people and governments repeatedly do the same stupid things even afterÂ they haveÂ been shown–repeatedly, through past experience–that what they are doing again is doomed to failure.
And, if that’s not a perfect definition of insanity, what is?
There’s no sense attempting to deal here with personal excursions into that realm ofÂ lunacy since, first of all, I’m not a shrink and, second of all, those instances would beÂ challenging even for a pseudo-shrink like Dr. Phil.
However, governmental exercises in repetitious stupidity, of engaging in the same or similar policies that have failed miserably over and over in the past, of pursuing the same or similar goals that have been repeatedly shown to be unattainable, of wishing and hoping realities will change, are so transparently obvious that anyone outside government–and the American public education system–can readily perceive them.
Bashar al-Assad, President ofÂ Syria and Regional Secretary of the Syrian-led branch of the Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party, has long been a vicious dictator, just like his father, Hafez al-Assad, who ruled Syria for 30 years.
Neither dictator, however, had ever posed an overt threat to our country yet, because Bashar has now allegedly taken extreme measures to repel rebelious forces, America has decided to intervene in Syria’s civil war–on the side of the rebels who have pledged allegiance to al-qaida, the same terroristsÂ responsible for 9/11!
What we are in effect doing in Syria is supportingÂ people like Mohamed el-Amir Awad el-Sayed Atta, the guyÂ who screamed “Allahu Akba!” as he plungedÂ American Airlines Flight 11Â into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
Didn’t we do much the same thing in allowing Atta and his merry band of committed Islamic murderers into our country and then grant themÂ the right to remain here to give them sufficient time to plot their devastation.Â Â The chief difference is that with the Syrian rebels we know what they’re up to after they’re done in Syria and with Atta and his boys we didn’t.
And, what are we doing in Egypt?Â Hosni Mubarak was hardly a bosom buddy of the United States but he knew his place and ran a secularÂ republic and kept his nose clean as far as relationsÂ with the U.S. were concerned.
Then, alongÂ came the Arab Spring that Obama and Company felt wasÂ the greatest thing since the creation of halal and Mohamed Morsi who they still think is Egypt’s George Washington and the Muslim Brotherhood they still regard as Allah’s gift to America.Â In truth, the Arab Spring has been a disaster, Morsi will use the billions we’re sending him to attack Israel and, eventually, us,Â and the MuslimÂ Brotherhood is a bloodthirsty group which poses as much a threat to world peace as al-qaida.
In all those cases,Â our policies have beenÂ insane, as insane as thinking we could engage in so-called democratic “nation-building” in Iraq and Afghanistan where people understand the concept ofÂ ”democratic nation” as well as they do indoor toilets.Â Rita Mae Brown got it right thirty years ago when she wrote, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting differentÂ results” but our government officials don’t seemÂ to read very much.