A Brief Note on the Sanity of Our Times

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A Brief Note on the
Sanity of Our Times
by C. L. Cook
As a Canadian, I'm aware of what it means to possess within ones national borders a restive population, unwilling to see the world as the central government would have them do, remaining instead intent on preserving cultural and political self-determination.

This intransigence in the face of centrist pressure is sometimes painted as "crisis," as Quebec's separatist ambitions are routinely depicted in Canada's English press, or accepted as a healthy sign of "national diversity," as are economic and political separatist sentiments expressed in some quarters of Alberta and British Columbia, but all can agree; violence by either party in each case would prove unhelpful.
 
I believe that conclusion is universal, and further maintain: Peace is a principle more conducive to stability, where that word signifies good and just governance of the populace, than a process of war and aggression could possibly be.

Therefore, is it reasonable to assume the current killing and maiming of civilians and combatants alike in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Palestine, Iran, and the burgeoning other fields of battle will lead to a more peaceful world, as is so often stated as being the goal of the overweening War on Terror; is that a sane expectation?

There are several definitions of insanity, including noted genius Albert Einstein's oft quoted: "...doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
 
Put another way; "repeating actions whose results are contrary to stated goal in hopes of achieving that goal is unreasonable, where that word indicates the dubious likelihood of said goal's success." That is, a reasoning person would necessarily conclude an object not possibly attained through pursuit of a course inherently opposite to its completion.

In that sense, fighting a war for the hearts and minds of a population using missiles, bombs, torture chambers, and exotic weapons, which strike Zeus-like from the ether of an otherwise peaceful day is, as the anonymous wag* of the Vietnam war protests observed, like "fucking for virginity." It is just not going to succeed.
 
Likewise, sending in those same tools of destruction during the single-worst catastrophe in human history, the Great Pakistan Floods of 2010, could never achieve anything less than engendering a fervent and enduring hatred.

But that is precisely what is going on. Today, yesterday, and the day before, as the people of Pakistan, displaced in their millions huddle for refuge and food and medicine, in some quarters of the country they instead receive the ministrations of robot drones firing Hellfire missives from America, their message clear: "Your hearts and your minds mean little to us."
 
Imagine my fellow Canadians, Quebec suffering another great flood, and while the people struggle to free themselves of the mire, a political determination is made by the puppet-dictator in Ottawa allowing his American ally send into the deluge robot killers and kidnapping teams. Imagine how many coeurs et esprits that would win the hegemon.

So, is America insane; is the president and are the people of the United States of America crazy? Do they expect to win the hearts and minds of the people, secure good governance, and achieve stability in Pakistan and those other countries by staying the course they have followed these past nine years without achieving those goals? That would be nuts!

No, America is not crazy.
 
America will continue to drop bombs, imprison and torture, and further develop exotic, other-worldly weapons they will in turn loose on the peasants and goat-herds of distant lands as they have done for so many years, and in so many theatres of operation. They will continue to do this because it is what they do; it is how they make the money maintaining the unassailable "American Way of Life."

What is crazy is continuing to believe the words belying the actions of the world's "greatest purveyor of violence,"** expecting peace, democracy, and justice could ever result the slaughter.  

 
*  There is one suggestion the line is part of George Carlin routine.
** Dr. Martin Luther King's observation of his government as expressed in a speech made April 4th, 1967, one year to the day before his assassination.

Websters' Free Dictionary defines:

 plural in·san·i·ties
Definition of INSANITY
1
: a deranged state of the mind usually occurring as a specific disorder (as schizophrenia)
2
: such unsoundness of mind or lack of understanding as prevents one from having the mental capacity required by law to enter into a particular relationship, status, or transaction or as removes one from criminal or civil responsibility
3
a : extreme folly or unreasonableness b : something utterly foolish or unreasonable     
 

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