81 Savage Facts About The World’s Most Brutal Dictators

26Idi's Islam conversion

Idi Amin, a convert to Islam who was responsible for the deaths of up to 400,000 people and was accused of cannibalism fled to Saudi Arabia after a coup and was allowed to live there in exile for over 20 years until his death.

27. In 1972, Ugandan President Idi Amin expelled all Hindus and Asians from the country after he said God told him to do in a dream.

28. In 1972, Idi Amin sent a telegram to the UN Secretary General, Yasser Arafat, and Golda Meir to say he "applauded the massacre of the Israeli Olympic athletes in Munich and said Germany was the most appropriate locale for this because it was where Hitler burned more than six million Jews."

29. Fascist dictator Francisco Franco brought back the Spanish Monarchy, but the King of Spain instituted a democracy instead as soon as he came into power.

30. Spanish dictator Francisco Franco ordered many of the same deadly xenophobic/religious "solutions" as Hitler and Mussolini (and was asked to join the Axis during World War 2), but managed to remain neutral enough that Richard Nixon memorialized him as: "loyal friend and ally of the United States"

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31Emperor Hirohito

Emperor Hirohito of Japan was a huge fan of Mickey Mouse. He was given a Mickey Mouse watch as a gift during his special tour of Disneyland in 1975. For years, even on formal occasions, His Majesty was observed wearing the watch.

32. A 1984 plot by Romanian army generals to kill President Nicolae Ceaușescu failed when the military unit assigned to carry out the plan was sent to harvest maize instead.

33. When Romanian Communist leader Nicolae Ceaușescu was shot in 1989 was carrying an Apollo 17 moon rock given to Romania as a gift by the Nixon administration. The rock, worth up to 5 million dollars on the black market, is missing.

34. Russia will spend about $200,000 maintaining Vladimir Lenin's corpse this year. Maintenance includes bathing the body in chemicals and occasionally replacing parts.

35. Operation Nifty Package, a US mission in which American soldiers repeatedly blared rock music such as "I Fought the Law" and "Welcome to the Jungle" as a form of psychological warfare to force dictator Manuel Noriega to come out of his Vatican sanctuary. He surrendered after 10 days.

36Sarah York

Former ruler of Panama Manuel Noriega was pen pals with a 10-year-old girl named Sarah York from the United States, She originally wrote to him because she liked the general's hat. This correspondence developed to the point where Noriega invited her family to visit him in Panama.

37. The U.S. dropped drug trafficking charges against Manuel Noriega after a 50 lb. the stash of 'cocaine' found in his freezer was revealed to be a 50 lb. the stash of tamales. Noriega used the tamales for 'magic binding' rituals against his opponents and people he wanted to control.

38. The Arab League vehemently backs war criminal Omar al-Bashir, who is responsible for the deaths of nearly 500,000.

39. Manuel Noriega, a former dictator of Panama, sued Activision for portraying him as a bad guy in the call of duty black ops series

40. General Ne Win of Myanmar changed the country from driving on the left-hand side of the road to the right-hand side, due to fears the nation had moved politically too far left.

41Juvenal Habyarimana

The plane of President Juvenal Habyarimana, Rwandan president whose assassination ignited the 1994 Genocide, was shot down near the Kigali International Airport and crashed in the backyard of the presidential residence

42. Argentinian dictator Juan Manuel de Rosas had an eight-month-pregnant woman executed by firing squad for the crime of "sacrilege"

43. Efraín Ríos Montt, former de facto President of Guatemala, became the first former head of state to be convicted of genocide by a court in their own country.

44. Most of the money George Clooney makes off his Nespresso commercials, he spends on a satellite that surveils over the border of North and South Sudan to keep an eye on criminal and dictator Omar al-Bashir to track his vicious army in an attempt to warn civilians before attacks occur

45. In 2001, Kim Jong Il's eldest son (Kim Jong Nam) was caught using a fake Dominican passport to enter Japan. When asked for an explanation, he said he "just wanted to visit Disneyland." He was subsequently disowned by his father.

46Kim Jong-Il

North Korea's Kim Jong-Il was claimed to complete a 72 par course in 34 strokes, managing a world record five holes-in-one, making him the best golfer in the history of the world. It was also apparently the first time he has ever golfed.

47. North Korea enlists around 2000 women as part of a 'Pleasure Squad'. These are attractive women who provide entertainment and sexual services for top officials. One defector says Kim Jong-il was "sentimental when drunk, and even shed tears"

48. In 2012 a 14-year old North Korean girl named Han Hyon-Gyong drowned while trying to save portraits of Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il, and the government renamed her school after her

49. A former dictator of Myanmar (Ne Win) thought 9 was his lucky number, so decreed that all currency denominations not divisible by 9 no longer had value, devastating the savings of much of the population.

50. North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was elected with 100% of the votes. The ballot listed only him. Citizens are allowed to cross out his name and write in a new one, but they must step outside the election booth to do so, and write down the new name in front of election officials.


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