“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, December 05, 2015
Paul Bremer - The Man Who Broke Iraq
Did the US occupation create ISIL?
US Ambassador Paul Bremer, former Administrator of Iraq, on whether his policies led to the rise of ISIL.
In this Head to Head special from Washington DC, Mehdi Hasan challenges Paul Bremer, who was appointed by President George W Bush to run the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority in the wake of the Iraq war, on whether his policies led to the rise of ISIL.
“I've taken full responsibility for the mistakes I've made."
As the man in charge of the so-called reconstruction effort in post-Saddam Iraq, Bremer ordered the disbanding of the Iraqi army and banned members of the Ba'ath Party from holding public office. These measures, critics say, were directly responsible for Iraq’s descent into chaos.
With no panel or audience, we discuss the US track record in Iraq and the region, from the 2003 invasion to the rise of ISIL. We ask him how personally responsible he feels for the birth of ISIL and whether the US should put a significant number of soldiers back on the ground in the region.
Did the US Occupation create ISIL? with Paul Bremer will be broadcast on Friday December 4 at 2000 GMT and will be repeated on Saturday December 5 at 1200 , Sunday December 6 at 0100 and Monday December 7 at 06.00.
Head to Head is Al Jazeera's forum of ideas, a gladiatorial contest tackling big issues such as faith, nationalism, democracy and foreign intervention in front of an opinionated audience at the Oxford Union.