"In any country there must be people who have to die. They are the sacrifices any nation has to make to achieve law and order."

-Idi Amin, quoted in "101 People You Won't Meet in Heaven" by Michael Powell

(above) This scene from the film, "General Idi Amin Dada: A Self Portrait," shows actual footage from one of five highly publicized, simultaneous executions that were organized to purge the country of Amin's opponents and their followers.

Soon after Amin seized power, he started executing his opponents' supporters in widely publicized executions meant to quell any sort of opposition to his rule. As a result, 5,000 soldiers and twice as many civilians were killed. He later expanded the systematic purging to include religious leaders, journalists, senior bureaucrats, judges, lawyers, students and intellectuals, criminal suspects, and foreign nationals. It is estimated that as many as 500,000 people were killed during his reign.


(above) This scene from Amin's autobiographical film shows him rallying supporters before a speech with an arm movement frighteningly similar to that of Hitler's.

There is no doubt that Idi Amin had plans to take over at least parts of Africa and the Middle East, but there is no knowing whether he would have stopped there. His role models were some of the world's most infamous dictators, such as Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin, and he strove to prove black supremacy in world politics. Even if he may not have admitted it, he certainly emulated his predecessor's tactics during rallies and in propaganda films. In public appearances, his charisma and kind personality made him seem like a big, soft-hearted man of the people.

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