“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."
Monday, December 07, 2009
A War By Any Other Name...
Months ago the Obama Administration banned the phrase “war on terror”. Now, with a rash of terrorism occurring on US soil, the priority of Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, has not been the safety of American citizens but to fly to the United Arab Emirates to assure the energy providers we depend on that the U.S. government objects to anti-Muslim sentiment in the wake of a variety of incidents in 2009:
1. Major arrests of Americans accused of plotting with Al Qaeda and its allies, including an Afghan American charged in a New York bomb plot described as the most serious threat in this country since the Sept. 11 attacks.
2. Extremism suspects joining foreign networks, including Somali Americans going to the battlegrounds of their ancestral homeland and an Albanian American from Brooklyn arrested in Kosovo.
3. The FBI arresting homegrown terrorism suspects in Dallas, Detroit and Raleigh, N.C., saying that it had broken up plots targeting a synagogue, government buildings and military facilities.
4. Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who once said that infidels should be beheaded and boiling oil poured down their throat, killing 13 people in a Ft. Hood, Texas, shooting rampage last month.
5. A shooting in June by an American convert who killed a soldier and wounded another at an Arkansas recruiting center, apparently a case of a lone wolf radicalized in Yemen.