“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."

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Please Do Not Torture the Person That Has the Details
Iraq Terror Leader Recruits Scientists
By PATRICK QUINN , 09.28.2006, 11:42 AM
"In a new audio message Thursday, the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq called for explosives experts and nuclear scientists to join his group's holy war against the West. He also said that more than 4,000 foreign insurgent fighters have been killed in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

That comment was believed to be the first major statement from insurgents in Iraq about their losses.

"The blood has been spilled in Iraq of more than 4,000 foreigners who came to fight," said the man, who identified himself as Abu Hamza al-Muhajir - also known as Abu Ayyub al-Masri - the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq. The voice could not be independently identified"...


  1. Would sound about right, from the past numbers. There were never more than 5,000 foreigners suspected of being there, at any given time.

    But that only gives US a 2 to 1 advantage, at the cost of $500 Billion USD.
    $100 Million per Foreign Fighter?

    Better raise that bounty on Osama, accordingly. $1 Billion USD.
    He's got to be worth ten times the money, no?

  2. 20,000 for $500 Billion, let's do the math...

    $25 Million USD per enemy combatant KIA in Iraq. No wonder there are no takers on Osama, we are offerring foot soldier money for him.

  3. So the value for the years between the '93 WTC attack to the 9/11/01

    Those seven years, were priceless then, as well.

    Credit where credit is due.

  4. If a lack of attacks on the Homeland is the Standard.

  5. Vera Lynn redux for the Ages

    We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when
    But I'm sure we'll meet again some sunny day
    Keep smiling through, just the way you used to do
    Till the blue skies chase the dark clouds far away

    Now, won't you please say "Hello" to the folks that I know
    Tell 'em it won't be long
    'cause they'd be happy to know that when you saw me go
    I was singing this song

    We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when
    But I'm sure we'll meet again some sunny day

    MONOLOGUE: Yes, we'll meet again. Darlin', I don't know where and I don't know when. But
    I KNOW we'll meet again one of these good ole sunshiny days. Ya know, darlin', all ya gotta
    do is just keep on smilin' through you know just like you ALWAYS do, until the blue skies
    chase the dark clouds far, far, far away. I wantcha to do me a favor, please say "Hello" to
    the folks that I know. Well, just tell 'em it won't be long. They'd be happy to know that when
    you saw me go, I was standin' right here, singin' this song.

    We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when
    But I know we'll meet again some sunny day .....

    "What the hell was that?"
    "Another jumper"

  6. If you want to know the real story of how we got where we are read this.

    In the beginning was the Plan.
    Then came the Assumptions.

    But the Assumptions were without form, And the plan was completely without substance.

    And the darkness was upon the faces of the workers. So they spoke unto their group heads, saying: "It is a crock of shit, and it stinketh!"

    And the group heads went unto their section heads, and sayeth: "It is a pail of dung, such that none can stand it!"

    And the section heads went unto their managers, and sayeth unto them: "It is a container of excrement, and it is very strong, such that none here may abide the odour therof."

    And the managers went unto their Director, and sayeth unto him: "It is a vessel of fertilizer, and none may abide its strength."

    And the Director went unto the Director-General, and sayeth unto him: "It contains that which aids plant growth, and it is very strong."

    And the Director-General went unto the Assistant Deputy Minister, and sayeth unto him: "It promoteth growth, and it is very powerful."

    And the Assistant Deputy Minister went unto the Deputy Minister, and sayeth unto him: "This powerful new plan will actively promote the growth and efficiency of the department, and this area in particular!"

    And the Deputy Minister looked upon the plan, And saw that the plan was good.

    And the plan became policy..and that how shit happens.