“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."

Friday, October 20, 2006

Cry Me a River

This story from Reuters is hardly a news story, its more like...propaganda. It conflates "humiliating and degrading treatment" with torture. A couple of lines quoted from the ICRC website...but it advances the agenda.

Recently, John LeCarre was on the "The Word," a BBC World Service program about "literature." Somehow, the conversation got around to US torture- LeCarre anguished at the thought of the US torturing people and how that much also have an effect on the young men forced to inflict the horrible deeds on other humans. Also, on the Doctors who are required to attend the grisly scenes and prevent the tortured from dying as well as repair the physical damage to the poor souls. John LeCarre, in those perfectly British dulcet tones condemned the US in a calumny that will be broadcast around the world. Its hard to believe that the author of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy has gone so absolutely left wing. He also gushed (I mean cried a river) about the plight of Africa. It must be the self-inflicted guilt of success and "undeserved riches."

It certainly does seems that America is being marginalised from all sides. Hemmed in.

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