“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, April 02, 2011

Nato Air Strike Kills Libyan Rebels

'Libyan rebels killed in NATO air strike'
NATO investigating reports that coalition jet struck pro-democracy forces in country's east, killing at least seven.
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2011 11:19

Rebel fighters prayed at the grave of fellow rebels who were killed in what they say was a coalition air strike [Reuters]
Pro-democracy forces in Libya say at least seven of their fighters have been killed in a NATO air strike on the outskirts of the eastern town of Brega, as the battle rages on for control of the oil port.
NATO said on Saturday that it is investigating reports that a coalition warplane struck pro-democracy forces near the front line of the battle with fighters loyal to the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
Burnt out husks of at least four vehicles, including an ambulance, were seen by the side of the road near the eastern entrance to the oil town on Saturday, the Reuters news agency reported. Men prayed at freshly dug graves nearby as they buried their colleagues.
"Some of Gaddafi's forces sneaked in among the rebels and fired anti-aircraft guns in the air," Mustafa Ali Omar, a pro-democracy fighter said. "After that the NATO forces came and bombed them."
The Libyan government, meanwhile, has produced a video said to show civilians, including women and children, in a Brega hospital. They are believed to have been wounded as they tried to escape the air strikes.


  1. And if the rebs start killing civilians we'll bomb them for that too. We'll then be bombing both sides.



    heh, stalemate seen as most likely outcome.

    However the most expensive for us.

    Partition now in an amicable divorce.



    Good long article about Bernard Lewis and his views on the current situation.


  4. Bob-al-Harb: And if the rebs start killing civilians we'll bomb them for that too. We'll then be bombing both sides.

    Bob, "civilians" is Hillaryspeak for rebels. We are supposed to be protecting the rebels.

  5. Orders from Obama: 100% of federal vehicles must be green by 2015. All except his, that is.

  6. Fred Thompson: WA state wants $100 annual fee on electric cars to make up for lost gas tax revenue. Ah... a "taxing you for not being taxed" tax.

  7. "Pro Democracy Rebels?" That just about says it all for liberals, doesn't it.

  8. Hello TimothyJ, I haven't seen you before.

  9. Ah... a "taxing you for not being taxed" tax

    :) bwahahaha

    Could you kindly keep the rain over on the coast where it's supposed to be? The wheat gonna get foot rot. Not to mention leaf diseases. Third wettest March on record here and raining again today.


  10. And -

    Bitter irony of socialized medicine
    April 02, 2011
    A former director of Britain's National Health Service, which runs the country's socialized medicine system, has died while waiting 9 months for an operation at her own hospital.