The consequences of stubborn, self-righteous stupidity in three easy steps:
1. Stupid people at the grassroots level who don't care that they're stupid, so of course they'll elect other stupid people.
1a. Religious zealotry (see: American fundamentalist morons who let their own kids die in God's name -- a pain they fully deserve, though it doesn't begin to compensate for the tragic injustice of the child's death, though it's just as well that's one less chance to get their dumbfuck genes passed on down the line); Muslim extremists before and since 9/11; Jewish extremists who assassinate their own leaders for not being hate-filled enough, etc., etc.)
2. Governments that think they're right and don't give a shit who disagrees (see: limitless examples, including Cheney's recent middle finger to the world as reported by ABC... when asked how that assessment comports with recent polls that show about two-thirds of Americans say the fight in Iraq is not worth it, Cheney replied, "So?")
3. Genocide (just in the last 70 or so years, see: the Holocaust, the Soviet gulag, Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda, Darfur, etc.
This rant brough to you by the heart-wrenching video obit of Dith Pran, made famous in the movie "The Killing Fields." He taught himself both English and photography, and was good enough at both to save his own life and tell his country's story to the world (details in the print obit). Clearly I should just stop reading The New York Times and chill out.