“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."
Saturday, September 16, 2006
For Peace, Please Do Not Offend The Muslims
After a day of protest in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Palestinian gunmen responded to the Pope's comments by attacking churches.
No one was hurt in a string of fire bombings and shootings that caused no major damage. Five churches came under attack in the West Bank city of Nablus, where militant groups have long been the dominating force.
Masked men, who local security officials said were undoubtedly Palestinian militants, hurled fire bombs at the Anglican and Greek Orthodox churches.
In a second wave of attacks several hours later, Palestinian assailants, this time unmasked, poured petrol outside the gates of the Roman Catholic, Greek Catholic and Protestant churches, starting fires that were swiftly extinguished, witnesses said.