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Number One, alas without the bullet

Us magazine Parade (which has a rather different remit than the British title of the same name) has come up with its annual Top Ten Worst Dictators list, and Kim Jong-Il will be delighted that he has finally toppled Sudan's Omar Al-Bashir from the sought after #1 spot.

Bashir drops to second, with Than Shwe of Burma, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia ('That's not a country, it's a family' - Menachem Begin) and Hu Jintao rounding out the top five. There are plenty of other deeply odious characters in the top 20, but I think it is a little rough on Musharraf to place him at #8 - he has suspended the constitution etc - but is not in the same league as some of the other goons. That they refer to 'Equatorial Swaziland ' does not impress either - Mbabane is only about 1800 miles south of the equator.

Continent by continent, the top 20 breakdown is so:

Africa - 8
Europe - 1 (Belarus - or Bel 'r' us, as I think of it)
North America - 1 (Cuba)
South America - 0
Asia - 10
Oceania - 0
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Anonymous ex-harrassed secretary said... 12:36 pm

One of my ex-bosses should figure in that list; she couldn't dictate a letter to save her life! Utterlu unintelligible.  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 8:57 pm

There are 20 dictators in the Top Ten?  



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