“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."

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

A truly remarkable speech


  1. God Almighty, where's my cane?

    Get that fool off the stage.

    What jolly good gibberish.

    Can't they widen the space between his eye?

    He said the other day we only had a few days to save the earth, and that time passed.

    What the hell are they celebrating?



    1. signed twice for emphasis


    2. Royalty, like children, should be seen, not heard. You can make a silk purse out of a dead sow's ear, but if the purse begins to speak.....

      Here is an article supportive of British ways, providing stability and all that, hip hip hooray.....

      Their two young Princes seem like decent types, obviously no thanks to papa.

      On occasion I've wanted to be a Prince, but the opportunity never came along.


  2. Gulbuddin Hekwho?

    Hekmatyar's war never ended, as today, more than three decades later, he fights the US-led coalition in Afghanistan, probably with some of the same weapons that US tax dollars paid for. To many, he epitomises the short-sighted alliances of the US, siding with unreliable figures who, even during their cooperation, openly expressed their dislike for the US world view.


    Richard Bulliet, a professor of history at Columbia University, attended one of Hekmatyar's talks in New York, and said the commander was accompanied by the Afghan-born Zalmay Khalilzad, a senior advisor on Afghanistan to Reagan's State Department.

    Khalilzad went on to become the Bush administration's ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, and most recently the United Nations. He is considered one of the main architects of the post 9/11 Afghan political system.

    Bulliet says the trip was under the close watch of Khalilzad, who had instructed Hekmatayr to avoid responding to any question about religion and politics.

    "I asked Zal [as Khalilzad is casually known] whether there wasn't a contradiction between US government's disapproval of a militant Islamic regime in Iran and its active support for Mr Hekmatyar, who seemed to me much more militant than the leading Iranians," Bulliet told Al Jazeera.

    "Zal said something to the effect that we would cross that bridge when we came to it. And that bridge, in my personal view, was 9/11."


    The same Hekmatyar that (allegedly?) skirted bin Laden out of Tora Bora.