“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."

Saturday, July 07, 2007

The Muslim Brotherhood

The average member of the Muslim Brotherhood isn't a rabble-rouser, either -- he's a doctor, pharmacist, teacher or lawyer. He wears Western trousers and shirts, not the ankle-long dishdashah garment traditionally worn by Arab men. He's middle class -- and he's filled with rage. Rage over what he sees as the close cooperation between his government and the hopelessly corrupted West. Kept from pursuing his political aims, he is often a functionary amongst his contemporaries in Arab professional associations for doctors, engineers and attorneys.
Der Speigel. Dancing with the Devil


  1. The conspiracy of failure:

    Bush, Blair, Olmert,


    Mubarak, Qaddafi, Abbas.

    Pick your team wisely!

  2. h/t: Buddy Larsen

    The Book Keeper

    A Mafia Godfather finds out that his bookkeeper has cheated him out of
    ten million bucks. His bookkeeper is deaf.

    That was the reason he got the job in the first place. It was assumed
    that a deaf bookkeeper would not hear anything that he might have to
    testify about in court.

    When the Godfather goes to confront the bookkeeper about his missing
    $10 million, he brings along his attorney, who knows sign language.

    The Godfather tells the lawyer, "Ask him where the 10 million bucks he
    embezzled from me is."

    The attorney, using sign language, asks the bookkeeper where the money

    The bookkeeper signs back: "I don't know what you are talking about."

    The attorney tells the Godfather: "He says he doesn't know what you're
    talking about."

    The Godfather pulls out a pistol, puts it to the bookkeeper's t emple and
    says, "Ask him again!"

    The attorney signs to the bookkeeper: "He'll kill you if you don't tell

    The bookkeeper signs back: "OK! You win! The money is in a brown
    briefcase, buried behind the shed in my cousin Enzo's backyard in
    Queens !"

    The Godfather asks the attorney: "Well, what'd he say?"

    The attorney replies: "He says you don't have the nerve to pull the

  3. These middle class jihadists are only going to get more angry because our western culture is more powerfully pervasive than theirs is. They are like a grievously wounded animal biting, snapping and growling at anything that draws near. I am more than happy when we put them out of their miserable existence one by one, or by twos, threes and more. We have people doing exactly that and good on 'em...