How would you treat a friend who seem to fancy tyrants?
January 25, 2010 8:25pm CST
I received a long distance call from a friend in Canada. We used to be in the same department at the college faculty. We had great vibes, too, except for a fact that she favored an old dictator. I would not have minded her preferences in the political arena but our conversation turned to her convincing me that Saddam is an intelligent and good person. After hearing her arguments, I blurted that she probably has a passion for tyrants. She kept mum and our call got interrupted by static noise. I didn't intentionally want to be rude but I just couldn't understand her thought processes. Why would someone like a leader who had caused misery to the lives of his people? Now I really wouldn't know how to treat my long distance friend.
• United States
26 Jan 10
May be your long distant friend doesn't live under a dictatorship before, Canada is definitely not under a tyrant, friend. Only those people who had no choice but living under a tyrant rule can feel the pain of tyranny where personal freedom and political freedom is strictly forbidden and rule of law is not available. Your friend is right most of the tyrant is intelligent and power crazy, but can't be a good person unless you want to consider brutal suppression of opposition voices by torture, killing and long term incarceration on those don't agree with him as good. Your friend may be is attracted to his power and in a state of confusion, she is having a good living in Canada that she can't see the suffering of those opposition people in Iraq. But Saddam is consider as good man in the eye of the sunni Muslims and his supporters. lol!!!
31 Jan 10
The other tyrant was Marcos. We had our human rights curtailed in the 70's and early 80's. Many people had offered their lives for our country. But you do have a point. Many of my people still cling to the ways of the old dictator, to the extent that they have become like him. Our taxes are exhausted to the limit. Our people have become poorer than the decent poor.