WELCOME FROM THE EDITOR
Trying to pick the worst dictator to ever hold office is a bit like deciding on the most terrible Justin Bieber song – there’s just too many choices.
Is someone who drops chemical weapons on his own citizens any worse than someone who subjects his people to sickening scientific experiments? Is executing one person by firing squad any less depraved than killing millions through famine and starvation?
These are just two of the moral dilemmas we faced when whittling down our list of twisted tyrants to just seven. But whittle we did, and what an illustrious roll-call of despots it is. Even though the men (always men) we selected for our cover story (page 8) are products of the 20th century, it’s worrying just how many modern-day dictators appeared on our radar during research. Our heads shake and our stomachs churn when we read about the brutality of Saddam Hussein’s regime or the terror of Joseph Stalin’s rule. But torture, executions and human rights abuses are occurring under our noses, right now. Here’s looking at you, Vladimir Putin, Bashar al-assad, Kim Jong-un, to name a few.
It made me pause for a moment of reflection. Sure, I may moan from time to time, like we all do, about paying too much tax or Google using my data, but I’m lucky to live in a country where I’m not punished for doing a magazine about History’s Most Evil Dictators. And for that privilege, I’m willing to endure a lifetime of Bieber’s musical torture, that’s for sure. Vince Jackson, Editor Follow me on Twitter: @vince_jackson1