august memories / 06

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

Amin and friends

6th August, 1972 : Uganda’s military dictator, General Idi Amin, caused consternation in London today when he declared that 50,000 Asians with British passports are to be expelled to Britain within three months. Speaking in Kampala, General Amin said the Asians were ‘sabotaging the economy’. A British Home Office official, expressing surprise at Amin’s move, said:”We always thought that Amin was a decent chap. After all, he served in the British Army for more than 15 years.” The Asians, who have been settled in east Africa for over a century, form the most prosperous community in Uganda. Last night some were expressing pleasure at their imminent expulsion, since they would be able to enter Britain without delay, instead of having to wait to be included in the 3,500 annual quota.

[ An just imagine what could have that decent chap achieved had he served a bit longer in the British Army. From Wikipedia: Amin’s rule was characterised by gross human rights abuse, political repression, ethnic persecution, extrajudicial killings, nepotism, corruption, and gross economic mismanagement. The number of people killed as a result of his regime is estimated by international observers and human rights groups to range from 100,000 to 500,000. During his years in power, Amin shifted in allegiance from being a pro-Western ruler enjoying considerable Israeli support to being backed by Libya’s Muammar al-Gaddafi, the Soviet Union and East Germany. In 1975–1976, Amin became the Chairman of the Organisation of African Unity, a pan-Africanist group designed to promote solidarity of the African states. During the 1977–1979 period, Uganda was appointed to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.

United Nations does not change its spots, however bloody they may be.]

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2 Responses to august memories / 06

  1. Setson says:

    Idi Amin then, Chinese murderers today, UN does what is expected.

  2. superwimp says:

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