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after a discussion with my housemate prompted by the dictator discussion on "This Week". Were you watching that too?
Anyway, I like Kim Jong-Il, for the amazing look and general weirdness. Hitler had a good look too, no doubt. Most dictators do I suppose, though Mussolini never seems very memorable to me.
1st Division/Championship relegation scrap?
are always the maverick commie ones who thought they could be self-sufficient and everythng
Nicolae Ceau?escu of Romania
Enver Hoxha of Albania
both spring to mind as being abit weird. also obviously Kim il-Sung/Kim il-Jong as well
but it has to be Stalin for me.
cult of personality - nice
purges -quirky in a crazed paranoid leader way
eventually siding against hitler in WWII and helping to win (if not winning it entirely - see Russian death toll) - good move.
it's like a fundamental component of someone who can be a successful dictator as it is all about image and charisma (bit like mainstream politics).
I guess this is why Musharraf is doomed because he thought he could get away with a tache and army uniform. Where's the X factor?
never heard of this chap
my favourite is Pol Pot. Ruthlessly efficient.
saloth sar. sounds like an awesome star wars villain. he should've kept that
but was a fuckhead obviously.
not just a commie dictator. he was a poet too.
also, my uncle valentino always made mussolini seem like a really nice guy. but that's because he was brought up in fascist italy and had it drummed into him.
I wish I did.
I had an Uncle Louis. (pronounced Lewis).
he made chandeliers and had yachts too. holidays were AMAZING
where is he these days? and how did he come into so much cash post communism?
A maker of chandeliers?? Lovely. Crystals?
he made his money through the chandeliers - usually commissioned by fancy hotels. maybe some royalty and high 'n mighty officials too?
but, he's dead now, sadly. :(
why do the awesome super-rich uncles with yachts and mansions by the sea always go first?
mostly because he could probably have most people in a fight as well. Most dictators seem to be wiry little blokes, possibly with small man complex.
He was the coolest.
When the homegrown ones are so good.
Gotta be Oliver Cromwell
is a pretty good dictator name. Also, banning christmas is appropriately EVIL. We may have a dark horse here...
anything fun. And burned anyone who didn't agree with him.
Charles II sensibly dug up his remains to have them hung, drawn, and quartered.
who can discreetly bump of a quarter of hi own constituency.
Took over Spain in a military coup. When the economy went tits up, the people went mad and demanded he leave office. So he did.
What a shit dictator. No bloody reprisals. No clinging onto power. Just "Yeah, suppose you've got a point. I'll get me coat". But I respect him for it. Tis a little bit different.
just fixed elections, Julius Nyerere.
Whilst he ruled pretty undemocratically, he created one of the only homogenous nations in Africa (though Zanzibar does still prove a thorny issue, the island couldn't sustain itself without the mainland so it's a fruitless fight) by taking socialism and remodelling on the traditional values of the African family. Whilst it didn't completely work, it did manage to keep Tanzania out of the hands of Soviet socialism and thus avoided the bloody conflicts that plagued Angola and Ethiopia.
He also went to war with Uganda and deposed Idi Amin (though did then install his replacement who killed twice as many people as Amin, but his heart was in the right place).
He also accepted when his policies hadn't worked, and stepped down to allow the transition to free market economy - with his final words as President being "Let's face it, I failed". I think he's tops
grandparents said they were related to him but the spellings of mosley were completely different.
the fucking nutcases.
When him and his blackshirts went down to Brick Lane to smash all the Jewish shops they got the shit beat out of them. They're an insult to fascism!
Don't you have to have at least one nation under your power to be a dictator? The power is preferably absolute.
I think you'll find that his official title around here is: TURKMANBASHI: FATHER OF THE TURKMEN (caps deliberate).
Since we've had all the best ones, I'm gonna have to go with Mugabe.
There's been so many.
Mussolini, Lenin, Brezhnev, Hitler, Amin, Nasser, any of the North Koreans...
does there have to be a certain amount of time between 'fall of regime' and 'respected dictator'?
not many dictators leave looking so good. He, with help obviously, basically set about making the 20th century a bit exciting and different.
Stalin pissed himself when he died. This only hinders his cause.
who had been a British army lieutenant prior to Uganda's independence from Britain in October 1962, subsequently styled himself as "His Excellency President for Life Field Marshal Al Hadji Dr. Idi Amin, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular".