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Monday, July 11, 2005

Insanity

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
-- Albert Einstein

There is only one course of action. We will continue to take this fight to the enemy and we will fight until this enemy is defeated.
--aWol, today.

Actually, I think Bush intends to continue this fight until the enemy is...everybody.

I recently finished Russ Schneider's grimly moving Siege : A Novel of the Eastern Front, 1942, which chronicles the lives of a few German soldiers caught in two bloody sieges during the most brutal conflict in history--the battle between Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia. Schneider points out that soldiers on both sides had guns pointed at them from both sides--from the "enemy" facing them across no-man's land, and from their own security forces should they try to desert, or in many cases just retreat. Two maniacs, Hitler and Stalin, trapping millions of hapless soldiers and civilians in their "never surrender" insanity. That's pretty much where we are now, although thankfully on a much smaller scale (for now), in the "war on terror" between George Whacko Bush and Osama bin Laden. There are lots of other courses of action, but our idiot, insane, inane pResident willfully chooses not to consider them.