Also, I'm pretty sure Mobuto was not anti-left but anti-anything-against-him. He chummed up with the CCP real fast when the West left him.
Mobutu took over a Congo that was started to assert itself and keep their mineral wealth -- the west was alarmed and supported Mobutu's takeover from Lumumba. Mobutu enriched himself and foreign corporations leaving the DRC as the mess it is today. Somehow I think the socialist Lumumba would've done a better job.
Pinochet and Suharto should;ve been tried at the The Hague for crimes against humanity.,
It didn't help the economy one bit either, and they left us with a massive debt.
Good idea for a quiz though. There are plenty more dictators out there but I guess the problem is picking ones people will recognise.
You should accept spelling variations of names of Brezhnev and Assad.
All of that being said, there are dictators that have been friendly to the US or that the US worked with when they deemed it to be in their own interests or the best interests of international order. Those already pointed out, plus Suharto, and (at times) also Stalin and Noriega. Not to mention those not on the quiz such as the AlSauds, Khalifas, Thanis, Batista, the Shah, and numerous others. There are plenty.
I was wondering why he is on that list.
Come on, do you really think that this is a valid argument?
KGElias describes this quiz perfectly, in just a few words: "Can you identify these people who have been described as dictators?" He/she does not say "Every one of these men are, indisputably, by anyone's definition, 'dictators' " nor "Every single one of these men are equally evil," nor "This is an inclusive list," nor "These were the worst dictators in world history," nor "Because I think the U.S.A. is perfect, I have excluded any North Americans from this quiz."
I am so old that I actually was around when many of these men were at work. I was 5 years old when Hitler died and knew, even before the extreme horrors of his reign were revealed, that his name was synonymous with evil. I remember learning about Mussolini and the particularly horrific details of his execution. I remember that we bombed Nagasaki and Hiroshima, and that, even as a child, I felt compassion.
That the U.S. supported Pinochet is a cringe-worthy detail. He was a monster.
I was living in Panama when Torrijos came back with the treaty to return the canal to its country. A teacher friend of mine was one of the few actual fatalities of Operation Just Cause, when Noriega was captured.
If there is a point to all of this reminiscing it is simply that one must be careful in making generalizations. Also, enjoy what quizmakers do. I really appreciated seeing the pictures. What an interesting collection! Thank you!
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