When we talk about dictators we talk about the people who rule over countries with absolute authority in a brutal manner. Throughout history, dictators have mostly had a negative influence over their countries, despite how genuine some of them appeared to be in trying to elevate the living standards of the people they ruled over. It’s also often that when a dictator falls, we always hear of persecutions, mass graves, and the silencing of any political rivals they might have had.
Over the next few minutes, we’ll remind ourselves of some of the most brutal, destructive dictators the world has ever seen. Their reign may be over, but the damage they’ve done while in power has left deep wounds that not even the passage of time can heal. Without further ado, here are ten of the most brutal dictators in history.
Idi Amin was responsible for more than 300,000 deaths during his regime of terror. The years he was in power between 1972 and 1979 were some of the most gruesome and violent in the history of Uganda. It involved torture, extra-judicial executions, corruption, and ethnic persecution. After making the miscalculated mistake of attacking Tanzania in 1978, he was forced to flee the country to Libya and then Saudi Arabia where he eventually died in 2003.