Friday, September 22, 2006

Crazy is as crazy does

On friday in Beirut, Hezbollah held what was termed a "victory rally" for thousands of its supporters. This was to celebrate its "victor" after 34-day Israeli-Hezbollah battle that ended last month. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah told the crowd, "Lebanon has been victorious, Palestine has been victorious, Arab nations have been victorious." He also told the masses they should celebrate the "divine and strategic victory."

"Peace be with you and with your martyrs and with your families. I feel your pain, and I salute your tears and your blood and your destroyed homes, and I salute your will and your determination," he said. While the U.N. Resolution that ended the fighting called for Hezbollah to disarm Nasrallah said that Hezbollah militants will never obey that section of the resolution. "No army in the world will force us to drop our weapons, force us to surrender our arms, as long as people believe in this resistance," he said. "We do not wish to keep our weapons forever," because they should not be part of domestic life. Just almost all of forever. That's what passes for hopeful talk in the Middle East.

Although Nasrallah has declared victory in the war he has said that if Hezbollah could have predicted Israel's response, it would not have abducted the Israeli soldiers and sparked the fighting. Nasrallah said if he had thought there had been "a 1 percent possibility" that Israel's military response would have been as extensive as it turned out to be, "I would say no, I would not have entered this for many reasons -- military, social, political, economic." He added, "If there was a 1 percent possibility, we would not have done that. We would not have done any capturing."

So Nasrallah declares victory but if he had the chance to do it all over again he wouldn't have done it. Iraq is a failure but back in our country, Vice-President Cheney says that even if we knew in 2003 that Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass desctruction, "The U.S. invasion “was the right thing to do, and if we had to do it again, we would do exactly the same thing.” What's that saying about the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results? I think the definition needs to be updated to include saying you wouldn't do the same thing over again but still expect the same result. If governments are only as good as their people then we are all insane. Except me of course.


Blogger FriendlyQuark said...

All the world is mad, but me and thee, and sometimes I wonder about thee?

I have yet to discover the politician who says anything that isn't calculated to justify his or her position. Having backed themselves into a cornre, the Bush administration seeks to "save face" as the Chinese would say. That to do so also means that they must deny reality regrettable, but not unexpected.

3:50 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Perhaps anyone who thought progress and reform and an ever more nearly perfect government was possible is insane.

There is no historic precedent for it, the human race has remained largely as stupid, short sighted, selfish, superstitious, jealous and aggressive as they were when they lived in trees.

It's the Peter principle writ large and maybe we should go back to the jungle where we belong.

4:12 PM  
Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

Isn't it amazing how leaders of countries all seem to suffer from the same delusions these days?

2:05 PM  

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