“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, September 30, 2011

Anwar al-Awlaki Killed in Yemen Air Strike


  1. Son of Israeli general speaks

    Peled was raised in a prominent Zionist family in Jerusalem. His grandfather, Dr Avraham Katsnelson, was a Zionist leader and signatory to the May 14, 1948 Israeli Declaration of Independence.
    Peled recounted several life changing episodes -- including the death of his niece from a suicide bombing attack in 1997 and the deaths of children of several Palestinian friends -- that pushed him to discover and understand the true nature of Israel's ongoing war on Palestinians that was having such a devastating impact on his family and friends.

    He is now a fearless campaigner for one secular state for Palestinians and Israelis in which all live in equality.
    Peled was asked to brief the ALP’s foreign affairs committee in Canberra. He said he was asked some strange questions in response to his argument for one democratic secular state. Someone asked, “But wouldn’t the Arabs outnumber Jews if there was a single state?” Peled answered, “Yes. And?”

    Responding to foreign minister Kevin Rudd’s accusations that BDS was “anti-Semitic”, Peled said there is no comparison.
    “Then, the Jews were victims. Today, it is the Israeli Defence Force [IDF] that is a terrorist organisation.

    Democracy is incompatible with a religious State.
    Oxymoronic, actually.

  2. The evidence is in.

    Across the Middle East there is an equivalency to the faux democracies.

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  4. “Zionism is incompatible with peace because it offers no compromise. The only solution is to dismantle the Zionist framework and apply the rule of law equally to both people. ..."

    Miko Peled

  5. Yemen, another faux democracy the US supports, or sees as illegitimate, depending upon the day.

    UNITED NATIONS—Yemen's foreign minister on Tuesday said the opposition's refusal to accept the results of the 2006 presidential election was to blame for the unrest in the country and warned that, unchecked, the tension could escalate into a civil war.

  6. August Numbers:

    Incomes Down 0.1

    Spending up 0.2

    Weak numbers.

    But, Chicago PMI comes in at 60.4



  7. “At the beginning of the 1990s, Yemen had established a unified state based on pluralistic, democratic foundations,” Said al-Qirbi. He also added “But, those who focused on narrow, partisan interests did not approve of that historic achievement and tried to start a commotion, using as their basis errors made in Yemen at the beginning of the establishment of its unified State.”

  8. I've got a better solution, that can be summed up this way:

    Divide and conquer; sub-divide and rule absolutely.

    The West Bank and Gaza need to be turned into a finely-grained honeycomb of nine block military administration zones where nothing and no one moves without the proper paperwork. And it has to be done entirely on Israel's nickle.