“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."

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

British hostages to be freed. Ahmadinejad kicks the ball down the road.

Iran 'to release British sailors'

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says 15 British naval personnel captured in the Gulf will be freed.
He repeated allegations that the British sailors and marines "invaded" Iranian waters, but said they would be freed as a "gift" to Britain.

He made the announcement at a news conference, in which he also awarded medals to the commanders who captured the British personnel in the Gulf.

Britain says the 15 were in Iraqi waters under a UN mandate.

Mr Ahmadinejad also criticised the US-led invasion of Iraq and Israel's war in Lebanon.

He used a news conference marking the Persian New Year to condemn the countries he said were behind "misery" and "destruction" in the world.

He said there did not appear to be anyone "to stand up and defend the rights of those oppressed".

He opened the news conference with references to the Islamic holy book, the Koran, then made a wide-ranging speech about the modern history of the Middle East, while attacking the West.

The invasion of Iraq was based on the false premise that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, he said, but even now "the occupation forces continue to stay there and people are still being killed".

Sky News has an interesting interactive chart of the power bases in Iran.


  1. His scriptwriter, Ms Paulosi, was on sabbatical.
    Rufus Nukes the Muzzies

  2. I'll betcha Nancy is Behind this.
    Grandmother Superior.

  3. Stop reading this and go sell your oil contracts.

  4. "No one can ever replace,
    Nancy with the replaced face."

  5. Hey, I had ten gazillion shorts on low sulfur.

  6. (the farts missed the message)

  7. The dems are breaching all the walls
    Dubya still searching for his balls.

    All is proceding 'cording to plan
    This is Iraq not viet nam.

  8. The CIC with the flatline learning curve.

  9. "Mission Abandoned"
    ...the CIC and Sec of State are temporarily unavailable.
    Aerobics Session followed by Bible Study.

    The ONLY candidate that has threatened to Nuke Mecca!

  11. His Rationale is MAD:
    If they think dyin is a cool trip to the Raisin Bowl,
    Well then, threaten to
    Blow up their freaking Rock!

  12. (3rd hour of the Dennis Miller Show on the 2nd, I think... check his website)

  13. Iran to Release 15 Britons Held Since March 23

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 18 minutes ago
    President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he was willing to make a “gift” to Britain, but he also awarded medals to the naval commanders who captured the 15 in the northern Gulf.
    Times Topics: Iran

  14. Eastereggcunt:

    ''On the occasion of the birthday of the great prophet (Muhammad) ... and for the occasion of the passing of Christ, I say the Islamic Republic government and the Iranian people -- with all powers and legal right to put the soldiers on trial -- forgave those 15,'' he said, referring to the Muslim prophet's birthday on March 30 and the Easter season.

  15. ...geez are the Iranians work'n it or what.

    Pelosi didn't even have to go to Tehran, just visit Assad, convey the capitulation deal to the Iranians and bingo....GWB looks like one of those hairless teacup chiwawas.
    Of course she had to sell out the USA but hey, that's the Dems raison d'etre.

  16. Iran has a record of snubbing current leaders by releasing hostages to give new leaders a boost. January 20, 1981 comes immediately to mind.

  17. The British government and military is going to have some explaining to do.

  18. I did not want to say anything before they were released, but based on the films released by the Iranians, the activity of some the English military captives was disgraceful. There will be some explaing to be done.

  19. I am glad some of these Brits do not wear an American uniform.