Former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin has finally shuffled off this mortal coil, the Reuters news agency writes from Kampala. He will not be missed.
The report informs us that Amin had suffered for weeks before finally walking into Hell's embrace; an end which we find only somewhat just. Far better for him to have paid for his crimes against humanity in this life as well as the next.
Those crimes, we might add, include killing about 100,000 Ugandans, forcing 40,000 Indians and other Asians into exile, and other barbaric acts including cannibalism.
However, while we are glad that Amin is no longer on this Earth, we are quite troubled at one particular point expressed in the Reuters article:
(Amin) himself was driven from Uganda in 1979 by forces from neighboring Tanzania and Ugandan exiles. Saudi Arabia gave him sanctuary in the name of Islamic charity. Amin had lived quietly in exile in Jeddah with four wives on a government stipend.
If the Saudis were willing to give this butcher sanctuary for more than two decades, who else are they willing to harbor from justice?Posted by Benjamin Kepple at August 16, 2003 11:58 PM | TrackBack