Friday, February 18, 2005

Who is the world's worst dictator? Do you even have to ask? 

Last weekend's Sunday supplement, Parade, featured David Wallechinsky's "World's 10 Worst Dictators".

Let us first be clear where Wallechinsky stands. In response to 9/11, he wrote, "Why Do They Hate Us". In this war-enabling piece, which is fraught with classically breathless “terrorism” and 9/11 falsehoods, Wallechinksy wrote:

“Excuse me for being blunt, but every US president has to kill some foreigners in order for the American public to take him seriously. In the current situation, these killings seem even more necessary than usual because more than 5,500 innocent Americans have just been murdered.”

It is not surprising, then, that Wallechinsky's new list does not include George W. Bush. Bush and his oligarchy have murdered tens of thousands of foreigners (enough for Wallechinsky to “take him seriously”), and is continuing apace to (literally) destroy the world—more than earning the title of leading dictator in modern history. The Third Reich was quaint by comparison.

The second, and even more blatantly criminal, George W. Bush administration may win him the all-time title.

Consider the administration lineup. Cheney. Rumsfeld. Karl Rove, promoted. Condi Rice, promoted. Alberto Gonzales, torture king and George W. Bush fixer, the leading “law enforcement officer” of the land. Iran-Contra gangsters, promoted: Elliott Abrams. John Negroponte, of the Honduran death squads and recent Iraq massacres. Porter Goss. Even the Bush gang's "nicer" positions are manned by those with blood on their hands. For example, Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez is a fervent anti-Castro Cuban, who has supported the US-Cuba Political Action Committee, and hard-line Florida-based (Bush family-backed) Cuban "action" groups. Surgeon General Richard Carmona is a former Green Beret and cop, with a "cowboy" reputation, who is keenly interested in "anti-terrorism" and biowarfare.

Indeed, Bush has never made Wallechinsky's list (which he, unfortunately for truth, issues on an annual basis), nor have his malignant brothers, Ariel Sharon and Tony Blair.

It should be noted that Wallechinsky prepared his list "after consultation with Human Rights Watch, Freedom House, and Amnesty International"—every group connected directly to elite-funded NGOs and foundations.

Freedom House is led by none other than Zbigniew Brzezinski, Richard Mellon Scaife, James Woolsey, Dan Quayle, Tony Lake and Jeanne Kirkpatrick.

Both Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International are fronts for George Soros. The so-called Human Rights Watch is a pro-intervention group stocked with members of the Council on Foreign Relations and other elites.

Here is Wallechinsky's list in order of "worst-ness". (And what the list doesn't address.)

1. Omar al-Bashir, Sudan. (The US has been itching for an intervention in Sudan, based on Darfur pretext. This will help the Bush administration justify it.)

2. Kim Jong-Il, N. Korea. (No comment needed.)

3. Than Shwe, Burma. (Mentions Unocal settlement over torture-for-pipeline, but does not address high-level Americans involved, and Golden Triangle narcotics—an ongoing US imperative.)

4. Hu Jintao, China. (No mention of historical US manipulations of, and in, China, the longtime tacit US support of Chinese police state activities and “human rights violations,” the globalization that the US feeds upon, etc.)

5. Crown Prince Abdullah, Saudi Arabia. (No mention of deep US-Saudi ties, and personal ties to Bush family.)

6. Muammar Qaddafi, Libya. (Poor analysis of Qaddafi's emerging alliance with the West, and distancing from Middle Eastern neighbors.)

7. Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan. (No mention that Pakistan is a US proxy.)

8. Saparat Niyazov, Turkmenistan. (No mention that Turkmenistan is deeply connected to the US, and critical to oil interests.)

9. Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe. (No mention of CIA and Western interests in the region.)

10. Teodoro O. Nguema, Equatorial Guinea. (No mention of CIA and Western interests in the region.)

The good news is, there are quite a few who don't buy Wallechinsky's non-list. "A Response to Propaganda in Sunday Parade Magazine" is one example.

Wallechinsky's upcoming book "Tyranny: World's 20 Worst Dictators" will undoubtedly continue spinning the same distortions, and leaving the worst dictator—“the” dictator—off the list.

Indeed, the man who said, “f this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator," may be offended that he missed Wallechinsky's cut.

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