Now Thats What I Call Tyrany!

#1
Right, Gents.

We've all heard of them and they've all made us laugh.

Those madmen from history who we're secretly thrilled to hear about; whose foibles and wild eccentricities have kept them a firm favourite in the annals of dictators.

Maybe you liked Gaius Julius Caesar, a man who essentially knicked an empire and was hilariously stabbed for his troubles? Maybe it's Mussolini, a man of too many comedy moments to mention, not least of which was being Italian. Perhaps you think Kim jong-Il is the height (badum-tsh!) of comedic endeavour and think his endless push for nukes is making up for his diminuitive presence elsewhere.

Have you heard of a mad african despot who made all his countrymen where green? An Indian Raj who despised noses? Or a Chinese communist leader who insisted his entire country smelt iron in their back gardens?

Let's hear them as we find Arrse's Greatest Comedy Dictator 2006...
 
#3
As insane dictators go, His Excellency President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor 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 'Idi Amin takes a lot of beating.
 
#5
Tartan_Terrier said:
As insane dictators go, His Excellency President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor 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 'Idi Amin takes a lot of beating.
King of scotland as well, likes lizzie to do his shoe shopping.
 
#7
"Baby Doc" Duvalier.

He knew what living the good life was all about.Never mind Haiti was one of the very poorest countries in the world.

As part of an investigation into the looting allegations, authorities raided the villa Mr. Duvalier and his wife rented in Mougins shortly after they arrived in France. The authorities say they caught Mrs. Duvalier trying to flush a notebook down the toilet. It logged recent spending -- $168,780 for clothes at Givenchy, $270,200 for jewelry at Boucheron, $9,752 for two children's horse saddles at Hermes, $68,500 for a clock, $13,000 for a week in a Paris hotel

http://www.wehaitians.com/exile in france takes toll on ex tyrant baby doc.html
 
#8
Mobuto Sese Seko the the African tyrant who led to the coining of the word "kleptocracy."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kleptocracy

The classic case of kleptocracy - in this sense - often given, is the regime of Marshall Mobutu Sese Seko, who ruled the Democratic Republic of the Congo (which he renamed Zaire) from 1965 to 1997. It is said that usage of the term kleptocracy gained popularity largely to respond to a need to accurately describe Mobutu's regime.
At one time or other he was rumoured to be one of the richest men in the world with billions of dollars in Swiss banks.He nationalised natural resources and bled the richest nation in Africa to it's deathbed.One of his legacies is the Central African conflict that has killed possibly millions of people.

A scourge by the strongest definition of the word.
 
#9
Robert Mugabe, or "Bob" to his strictly, very straight mates, must be up on the podium somewhere shurely: a beacon of reason and enlightenment.
 
#10
PW Botha.

Pieter Willem Botha (born January 12, 1916) commonly known as "P.W." and "Die Groot Krokodil" (Afrikaans for "The Big Crocodile") was prime minister of South Africa from 1978 to 1984 and state president from 1984 to 1989. Botha was a long-time supporter of South Africa's National Party and a staunch advocate of racial segregation and the apartheid system, however he engineered a loosening of some of the government's most stringent racial policies toward the end of his career.
Incidentally all the arrseholes I've posted were kept in office in part due to the CIA's auspices.
 
#11
King_of_the_Burpas said:
Robert Mugabe, or "Bob" to his strictly, very straight mates, must be up on the podium somewhere shurely: a beacon of reason and enlightenment.
Ah.Mugabe.Truly the last of a dying breed.Those few men who understand that the best way to fight fire is to build a bigger fire.

And we ask ourselves why Africa is at the bottom of the pile.Because the people let maniacs like this stay in power for up to twenty years at a time.

Yep.Good old Africa.Been kicked around for so long but always comes back for more.
 
#12
Nobody has mentioned Uncle Joe yet.
 
#13
Ex_ex said:
Nobody has mentioned Uncle Joe yet.
The Man of Steel? Stalin?
 
#14
Forgot about Botha, but he didn't take it up the hoop from his personal advisors and then persecute other Zimbabwean homosexuals for sport. If any of Zimbabwe's legendary secret police are monitoring this site .... yes, he is gay - very gay. Not a problem at all unless you partake in the (dubious, in my view) alleged pleasures in the pink oboe and then instantly ban on pain of a prison sentence anybody else from having a quick swallie.
 
#15
Bashar al-Assad - Only because he looks like John Cleese.
 
#16
#17
Sudan's Omar al Bashir. Most underated living tyrant.He knows how to keep a low profile even while ethnically cleansing a region the size of France.

Another reason Africa was created.To remind humans how stupid they are because they are cursed with the ability to look away when they don't want to see what they don't want to see.
 
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#19
Another thought....

"THE DEATH of Jean-Bedel Bokassa, who rose through the French army to crown himself emperor of Central Africa before adding the word "apostle"to his name, will remind France and Africa of some of the more bizarre moments of their common history.

The Central African government promised yesterday an official funeral for its former leader whom its judges twice condemned to death for the bloody massacres of children in 1979 during which he was charged with cannibalism. Bokassa, who was 75, died of a heart attack on Sunday in the villa wherehe had lived since his release from prison three years ago. His son, Jean-Charles,one of the former Central African leader's reported 55 children borne by17 wives, said Bokassa was "lucid" to the end."

LUCID?? He ate my aunt. Another triumph for the French 'military'.
 
#20
Isn't it funny how our old mate Saddam Hussein hasn't been mentioned? Perhaps, despite his years of shinanigans (including chemical weapons over civilian Kurd towns), we no longer see him as such?
I heard on local radio today an admition by a Republican senator that 'there was order under Saddam'.
All this aside, he was still a bstd of the highest order.
 

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