“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."

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Why we fight and die in Iraq. Progress being made.

Colonel Steven Boylan, a US military spokesman ( wearing stylish rose colored glasses) and aide to the commander of all US forces in Iraq, praised the peaceful nature of the demonstration, saying Iraqis "could not have done this four years ago."

Boylan said: "This is the right to assemble, the right to free speech - they didn't have that under the former regime. This is progress, there's no two ways about it."

An Iraqi lawmaker saw things differently than the good colonel: "The enemy that is occupying our country is now targeting the dignity of the Iraqi people," said lawmaker Nassar al-Rubaie, head of al-Sadr's bloc in parliament. "After four years of occupation, we have hundreds of thousands of people dead and wounded." A senior official in al-Sadr's organization in Najaf, Salah al-Obaydi, called the rally a "call for liberation."

"We're hoping that by next year's anniversary, we will be an independent and liberated Iraq with full sovereignty," he said.

So it goes. Just another day in paradise.


  1. Wow, a precocious child, is he. So stupid, and, not yet a General. Impressive.

  2. Boylan is wise. Freedom of Speech is among the liberties that seperates true democracies like Iraq from failed regimes like Russia. ^_^

  3. There was an Iranian Revolutionary Guard general that just got back from a trip to Russia. He was supposed to be on this UN mandated no travel list. (So I read, anyway.)

    What's going on here?

    The Russians have sold them that missile defense system, that seems to be there now. Supposed to be a good system. The Russians are acting like enablers, to stick it to us I quess, but it sure seems shortsighted to me.You don't have to play games just for something to.

    The Iranians are awfully cocky. Everything could blow. I wish I was a fly on the wall at the White House. Then I might at last know a little something.

    This situation seems fraught with many a danger, to me. Iraq may all of a sudden seems like a side show.

  4. Well, you got to admit, it's one of the most colorful mussie demos that's come along. Red, white, and black, kind of brings a tear to the eye.

    And no car bombs, either.

  5. > said lawmaker Nassar al-Rubaie, head of al-Sadr's bloc in parliament.

    It's too bad that the US spokesman couldn't tell the truth: that's not Iraq out there stamping on our flag, it's the enemy. It's a single evil group led by al-Sadr. As long as we don't let ourselves be manipulated by propaganda images like this, we will win.

  6. All for the Red , White, and Black, Old Gory!

  7. Hugh Fitzgerald At His Best

    Good writer, I think, whether he's right or wrong, is the question.

  8. At Google freedom of speech is on The Long March Backwards

  9. wu, Just so YOU know, those are the people we are empowering, those are the liberated, those are the people we are providing Security for.

    They are not the enemy.
    You've told US that hundreds of times. Them's the people of Iraq.

    The Shia have caused only 20% of US casualties, in Iraq, that makes them US allies.

    Ain't it just Grand!

    Love 'em or Leave 'em

  10. 5-10,000 Sadr supporters does not make a Shi'a majority.