“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, November 30, 2006

Pope Charms Turks. Wants Turkey in EU. Will He Beatify Rodney King?

'Can't We All Just Get Along?' That seems to be the new tact from the Pope. I was expecting more, but then I voted for GWB twice. My optimism in such things needs to balanced by reality or German Realpolitik.

So it looks like Rome is not going to solve any problems, but we still have the Baker Commission and Syria and Iran. You never know.

Pope on the charm offensive

By Philip Pullella and Ercan Ersoy

Efes - Turkey on Wednesday praised the conciliatory tone of Pope Benedict during his visit to the predominantly Muslim country and his apparent new support for Ankara's bid to join the European Union.

Celebrating mass at a shrine in southwestern Turkey where legend says the Virgin Mary lived out her last days, Benedict stressed that a common devotion to the mother of Jesus Christ is another link binding Christians and Muslims.

As Benedict continued his four-day visit, Turkey focused on his gestures on arrival on Tuesday: his apparent support for Ankara's bid to join the European Union and praise for Islam after a recent speech Muslims found insulting.

And here is the rest of the story


  1. Those that put their faith in Priests are due to be disappointed.
    The "Higher" the Priest the greater the disappointments. Their feet, you see, are still made of clay.

    This Pope walks on eggshells.

  2. Lest some here think me alone in whining, Ace at PoliPundit says, “Quite honestly these people, our political class, have fatigued me to the point that I don’t know what to think.”
    Ace, quoting Rich Lowry writes, “This Baker-Hamilton recommendation, if the New York Times report is accurate, is a disaster. It represents, as Cliff noted earlier, the establishment quitting on the war.” He ends his commentary with the observation, “To say our political class is underwhelming is a gross understatement.”

  3. Wee Wee has just outed Tee Tee at the Bee Cee.

    Our stolen future

    Check, 11/30/2006 09:48:41 AM