“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, April 10, 2009

Hostage dies as French attack Somali pirates. Four saved.

The Tanit in happier days. The two couples had been warned against sailing off the Somali coast.

The French military attacked pirates holding a private yacht and one of the five hostages died during the rescue. The rescue saved four others. Unfortunately the spread of the terror on the high seas has occurred because of negotiations with the terrorists and the paying of ransom. If every other nation followed the French lead, the problem would end and ultimately more lives will be saved.


Two pirates also killed in rescue operation

(CNN) --
A French hostage and two pirates died Friday in a rescue operation off Somalia's coastline, the French president's office in Paris said Friday.

French commandos last year training for operations against pirates.

Four hostages, including a child, were freed from the hijacked yacht after almost a week of captivity, Nicolas Sarkozy's office said.

The French military decided to move in when pirates refused their offers and increased threats against the hostages, it said.

The four adults and a child had been held aboard their yacht, the Tanit, since it was seized in the Gulf of Aden on Saturday, the president's statement said.


  1. Oh, Noes

    The ignominy

    The "French" showing us how to do it.

    The end-times is here

  2. Yep

    When France leads the path towards bravery?

    I am RUNNING for the hills..............

  3. Obumble Ducks On The Pirates

    Pirates still reported to be sending in reinforcements. Mother ships team up, other hostages brought into play. Obumble wards off questions, maintains stoney silence, Billary mumbles non-sense.

    Citizens hang their heads in shame.