“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."
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>>>Bob OreilleSun Aug 03, 11:22:00 PM EDT
Your tonnage of explosives could be read just the other way, as showing how remarkably careful Israel has been to avoid civilian casualties.
I recall you put up figures on the number of children killed in Iraq that on closer inspection were 10X larger than those reported by the post war Iraqi Health guy, and he had incentive to fudge, as he was getting aid money by the numbers.<<<<
On further reflection, in this argument it was not the number of children killed that was at issue, but the number of children made orphans.
The guy in charge of the post war Iraqi Orphan program had figures 1/10 those of Deuce, and he was paid by the numbers, so he certainly had incentive to fudge.
The true number was likely even less than he was putting out.