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.
Saddam came to power in 1979 and stayed in power until 2003 when the US-led coalition invaded Iraq. It is believed that during his reign of terror, between 500,000 and 1 million people lost their lives, many as a result of politically motivated executions. Three years later in 2006, he was found guilty for 148 Shi’ite deaths in the early 1980s and sentenced to death by hanging, a sentence carried out on December 30, 2006.