The World's Worst Dictators
A quick look at some of history's worst acts.
Sometimes the headlines and history books make my head ache. I shudder at the idea of so many dictators and powerful leaders who committed monstrous acts against their fellow men and women.
Like Taliban leader and terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarquawi, who once had a woman stoned to death for gathering sticks to make a fire on a cold day.
Or Ugandan President Idi Amin, who sent his soldiers into cities with orders to kill all of the men (including male children) and take for themselves the virgin women.
Pol Pot, Prime Minister of Cambodia in the 1970s, threatened to punish disobedience by making parents eat the flesh of their children.
King Leopold II of Belgium, in the 19th Century, ordered his soldiers not only to kill the opposition, but to cut the hamstrings all the horses, cruelly crippling the animals.
Japanese dictator Emperor Hirohito plundered a local village, decapitated the leaders and had the severed heads delivered to his general as a trophy.
Russian Czar Nicholas II had his general kill 185,000 men who opposed him.
Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein threatened the crime of adultery with stoning, impalement, the execution of relatives, and the burning of their homes.
And here’s the most shocking thing:
The atrocities mentioned above? They weren’t actually perpetrated by the dictators mentioned.
The one responsible for each of these horrible acts was…Jehovah-The God of the Old Testament.
- Stoning for firewood: Numbers 15:32-36
- Kidnapping the virgin women: Numbers 31:17-18
- Threatening to make parents eat the flesh of offspring: Deuteronomy 28:53
- Hamstringing the horses: Joshua 11
- Severed heads delivered: Judges 7:19-25
- 185,000 killed: 2 Kings 10:7
- Stoning, execution and burning for adultery: Hosea 13:16
Now…consider how horrified and appalled you were when you felt men were responsible, and ask yourself why you wouldn’t be horrified and appalled that your God was.