In historical context, there have been those in power who take their job to the whole next level. Not merely content with ruling the populace, they fear overthrow and as such, impose strict rules on the populace which are supposed to prevent them from overthrowing the said leader. Or the leader simply enjoys imprisoning and murdering people. Yes, here is your chance to nominate for the Dictator of Infamy Award!
My nominations are:
- Idi Amin Dada. He ruled Uganda as a 'man of the people' and for the most part, people there liked him because he was one of them, and he'd simply been a normal guy early in life. He was the happy leader they loved. Until they started being carted off in the middle of the night on charges of conspiracy to overthrow his rule. Women carted off to pleasure his loyal soldiers, men beaten to death for even looking at him, Idi Amin supposedly ate the livers of his political opponents. And like all great dictators, he was propped up by the UK.
- Adolph Hitler. Obvious choice but not the worst history had to offer. He apparently was a nice man if you happened to be a very white German male who secretly dressed in women's underwear. But as most people are not in this catergory, well... anyone who was a gypsy, Jew, Slav, Communist, intellectual, mentally ill, physically disabled, or simply angered him ended up in a work camp or 're-education facility'.
- Vladmir the Impaler. The vampire background is ridiculous in itself, but Vladimir was an avowed enemy to the invading Turkish army. He was even more of an enemy to his own people, as it is thought he ordered the execution of more than one-fifth of his populace. His favourite methods of execution were impaling (very Roman) and crucifixion. When the Pope finally gave the order for Vladimir's capture, his jailers reported Vladimir captured rats and mice in his cell and impaled them over a period of days.
- Kim Jong Il. He's still hanging in there in North Korea. He's short, paranoid and has the largest collection of pornography in the world with the exception of the FBI. He also has at least one nuclear weapon. Why the US chose to invade Iraq and not North Korea is mystifying, as Kim Jong Il really will use the 'bomb' if provoked and has built an entirely militaristic state which is starving its own population to a point where they are stunted to less than 5ft in height.
Please, who are your nominations?
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