Gadhafi and the Swindle of Dictatorship

The end of despots is always odd—exhilarating to those who suffered their tyrannies, and to those who hold despotism in contempt, and anti-climatic at the same time, the discovery that these tyrants were petty, frightened men after all. We are told that Gadhafi cried, “Don’t shoot! Don’t shoot!” when his pursuers caught up with him.

This was from the script of Saddam Hussein, who had strutted on the world stage, visited death and destruction on his people and others beyond, but had come out of a spider hole telling his captors that he was the president of Iraq and that he wanted to negotiate.  Dictatorship is a swindle to the bitter end, the bravado of the tyrants mere pretense and bluff. Fouad Ajami – Wall Street Journal – Click To Read More…