Doing the same things and expecting different results: yes, it’s insane, but governments revel in their eagerness to repeat mistakes again and again. I’ve concluded that it’s often intentional. Our political and bureaucratic apparatchiks are supposedly drawn from our “best and brightest”. I don’t accept that for one minute. But is it possible that generations of American leaders and bureaucrats are so ignorant of history or so steeped in hubris that they repeatedly swerve into the same brick walls by accident? I believe that most people who are motivated from early on to enter government service or who aspire to political leadership suffer from psychological disorder, such as profound sociopathic narcissism, or some other mental defect that should disqualify them completely from laying hand to the reins of government. We subject cops and soldiers to batteries of psychological examinations trying to root out and bypass the worst, but we freely hand the power of government to the least qualified and most dangerous among us without study of past behavior, association, or psychological suitability.
The current “crisis” in Egypt has been endlessly repeated in the Middle East. As surely as sunrise follows night, this Egyptian uprising was preordained. Of course it was. Adherents to the death-loving cult of Islam were sawing off the heads of unbelievers 1,000 years before the birth of George Washington. In the 200+ years of our American history, we’ve gone from branding the foreheads of adulterers to complete sexual freedom; from rigid moral codes to a complete lack of them. Meanwhile, Muslims still place naughty women in waist-deep holes and throw rocks and bricks at them until they die, just as they’ve done since their blood-thirsty, child-molesting prophet first instructed them in the practice long before the invention of gunpowder. These are brutish, uncivilized people. The mailed fist may keep their base savagery in check for brief periods of time, but any notions that American (or Western) concepts of self-government can work in the Muslim world are Utopian fantasies. Watching ObaMao and Hillary try to dance down the fine line between supporting a largely acceptable and somewhat secular dictator and “supporting the desire of the Egyptian people for reform” is entertaining, but no good for the civilized world can come from the deposition of Hosni Mubarak. The best possible outcome would see Mubarak remaining in power, or supplanted by an equally secular strongman willing to rule by force and fear, just as Mubarak has done. Nothing else works. An ominous alternative (and perhaps more likely) outcome is that the vacuum resulting from Mubarak’s deposition will be filled by a theocratic Islamic government similar to Iran’s. I don’t know if this is the sort of “reform” that the Egyptian people are seeking, but that’s what is waiting for them in the wings.
While the Ayatollahs toppled Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Jimmy Carter hemmed and hawed and turned a deaf ear to our long-time ally and, some say, actually considered turning the dying monarch over to the Mullahs. Soon the Shah and his stabilizing influence in the Middle East were gone forever. (How’d THAT work out for us?)
My prediction: ObaMao and Hillary will get their wish. Mubarak will go. We will hope publicly for a friendly government in Egypt, but what we will get is another Iran. Our official policy will continue to be that “we are not at war with Islam.” The Muslim world will continue to insist that they ARE at war with the Western world, and especially with the United States of America, and we will continue to disbelieve them while they will continue to prosecute that war against us by any and all means. The more things change, the more they stay the same.