“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 23, 2006
"If bin Laden is dead, feed him* to Wu's pigs"
France launches inquiry into bin Laden death claims
France has begun an inquiry into a leak involving the French intelligence service, which has led to French media claims that Osama bin Laden is dead. A French regional newspaper today reported that Bin Laden died from typhoid in Pakistan last month. The newspaper cited a secret document drawn up by the French intelligence service, which in turn quoted Saudi officials.
The issue will also be raised at the news conference in Compiègne at the end of this weekend's summit between the leaders of France, Russia and Germany, being hosted by President Chirac at an eighteenth-century chateau in Compiègne, near Paris. This has not been confirmed.
* Al would not have used the word "him". I thought real HARD about the word he would have used, but I heard the cock crow three times and thought, "better not"