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    shrill absolutism

    Dear all,

    How should I understand "shrill absolutism" underlined below?

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    Eartha

    If America sticks to those standards now it will display a strength and sanity that contrasts with the shrill absolutism and cyber-vandalism of the WikiLeaks partisans. Calling Mr Assange a terrorist, for example, is deeply counterproductive. His cyber-troops do not fly planes into buildings, throw acid at schoolgirls or murder apostates. Indeed, the few genuine similarities between WikiLeaks and the Taliban—its elusiveness and its wide base of support—argue against ill-judged attacks that merely broaden that support. After a week of clumsy American-inspired attempts to shut WikiLeaks down, it is now hosted on more than 700 servers around the world.

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    Re: shrill absolutism

    I think "shrill" means being sharply insistent on being heard and "absolutism" means an absolute doctrine, principle, or standard.

    Meanings taken from the Free Dictionary.

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