Saturday, July 03, 2010

Disaster for 1.9 Billion

Ghana native, and president of the Free Africa Foundation, George B.N. Ayittey ranks "the worst the worst" dictators in Foreign Policy magazine:
Although all dictators are bad in their own way, there's one insidious aspect of despotism that is most infuriating and galling to me: the disturbing frequency with which many despots, as in Kyrgyzstan, began their careers as erstwhile "freedom fighters" who were supposed to have liberated their people. . .

I call these revolutionaries-turned-tyrants "crocodile liberators," joining the ranks of other fine specimens: the Swiss bank socialists who force the people to pay for economic losses while stashing personal gains abroad, the quack revolutionaries who betray the ideals that brought them to power, and the briefcase bandits who simply pillage and steal. Here's my list of the world's worst dictators. I have ranked them based on ignoble qualities of perfidy, cultural betrayal, and economic devastation. If this account of their evils makes you cringe, just imagine living under their rule.
The top (worst) five on his list:

1) Kim Jong Il of North Korea (16 years in power)

2) Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe (30 years)

3) Than Shwe of Burma (18 years)

4) Omar Hassan al-Bashir of Sudan (21 years)

5) Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov of Turkmenistan (4 years)

Read the whole thing for the remaining despots and Ayittey's colorful descriptions.

(via reader Marc)

1 comment:

OBloodyHell said...

Fifty, sixty trained snipers, we could solve these problems.

Or at least change the ones in charge, which can be a major boost. If you keep shooting them, sooner or later the cockroaches will be afraid to go outside or stand near windows, eliminating one of the major benefits to being a giant cockroach.

Not saying the US government should set this up, but it would be a good use of the thousands of retired snipers from the world's military to take up as a personal cause.