“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, January 01, 2010
KARACHI, PAKISTAN -- A suicide bomber blew up his sport-utility vehicle in the middle of a village volleyball game in northwestern Pakistan on Friday afternoon, killing 75 people and injuring more than 100 in a community that has repeatedly defied Taliban extremists.
I don't know why they keep referring to these guys as Islamic Fundamentalists. That implies they are parallel to Christian Fundamentalists, who believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible. A literal interpretation of Sura 4:29-30 says that suicide is forbidden.
[4:29] O you who believe, do not consume each others' properties illicitly - only mutually acceptable transactions are permitted. You shall not kill yourselves. GOD is Merciful towards you.
[4:30] Anyone who commits these transgressions, maliciously and deliberately, we will condemn him to Hell. This is easy for GOD to do.
So it seems that this new Islamic death cult is a radical, liberal interpretation of the Quran, one that completely "spiritualizes away" this clear command from Allah.