“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."

Monday, September 18, 2006

We Must Please our Euro Friends

"Some object that the term 'Islamic fascism' is too vague to encompass the differing agendas of diverse groups such as the Wahhabis, al-Qa'ida and Hezbollah. But just as racist German Nazis found common ground with Asian supremacists in Japan, so too the shared hatred of the West trumps the internecine rivalries of present-day Islamists...

In contrast, the fuzzy 'war on terror' is the real inexact usage. The United States has never fought against an enemy's tools... Other groups today use terror---like narco-dealers and Basque separatists---but this war at this time is not against them... The real problem is not that 'Islamic fascism' is inaccurate or mean-spirited, but that this identification earns such vehement disdain in Europe and
the United States. That hysteria may tell us as much about the state of a demoralized West as the term itself does about our increasingly emboldened enemies." ---Victor Davis Hanson

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