“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, October 13, 2009
Road to Peace or Highway to Hell
M41, or the Pamir Highway, is the highest elevation roadway in the world. Winding through the Western Himalayan range from Southern Tajikistan to Osh, Kyrgyzstan, the road takes one through some of the highest elevation passes traversible by vehicle (4,655m/13,965ft). This is the road that was highly touted early on in the Bush Administartion and I thought it would be interesting to see what was happening with it today, but wait not so fast.
I changed my mind.
When I put a post together, I often find something much more interesting. That happened this morning.
I came across a very telling report from Australia's Dateline. It shows the incredible challenge faced by US forces in Afghanistan.
This report should be required viewing by all sides on the Aghanistan debate. Have a watch.