Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Doing the Same Thing Over and Over and Expecting a Different Result

This is how a wit once defined insanity, and it serves as the perfect lead-in to an op-ed from this past Sunday's Chicago Tribune titled What the Rest of Africa Could Learn from Senegal.

The article informs us that what the rest of Africa could learn from Senegal is that we ought to be worshiping The Almighty Condom. Then, and only then, will all be right with the world. (Or at least Africa.)

I used to be really bothered when I read articles like this. I still am bothered, to be sure, but I'm more bored than anything else. Bored, because the message of the article is so utterly predictable.

'Tis a pity that the real AIDS success story from Africa -- that of a dramatic decline in the AIDS rate in Uganda, due largely to a decreased emphasis on condoms -- is ignored.

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