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   So, General Ershad is going the way of all dictators... (December 13, 1990)

So, General Ershad is going the way of all dictators. He is to be tried, and, knowing the methods of the coutries in our neighbourhood, would in all possiblity be executed. He will not die a brave death, dictator seldom do. According to one report, already they could see tears rolling down his cheeks as he was taken into custody.

Mujibur Rehman was also to be executed, though in a Pakistani prison yard. His grave had already been dug (literally, by gravediggers), when he has saved in the nick of time. He returned to an independent Bangladesh, only to be assassinated by his own people. At least, in a Pakistan jail, he would have died a martyr.

Zylfiqar Bhutto also was executed. Some stories say that he died a coward's death and had to be carried to be hangman's platform. His daughter has tried to costruct a heroic figure of him in her book, but which daughter would bot. And now they are going to try her, her husband, there will be no end to state executions.

General Zia was killed by an assassin. There was no foreign hand in it; one way or the other, the will of the people prevails. If you do not give the people a chance to remove a dictator through the ballot, they will kill him.

The Shah of Iran was removed in a popular upsurge. He was driven out of the country and spent the remaining years of his life trying to find a friendly power who would take him in. Finally, Egypt obliged, though by then he was in his last stages.

Khomeini died in his bed, but the where at one stage his body was not allowed to be buried and has to be glown back, left the viewers in doubt whether the people were expressing their grief or their relief.

In Egypt, one of the presidents, I forget which, was reviewing a parade of the Egptian army, when some of the men broke off, rushed to the saluting base, and shot him. That I would call a trully ingoble death. Though, at this stage, I do not wish to draw comparisons with what happened in India and later to an Indian prime ministers in Sri Lanka.

In Iraq, in 1958, the young king was killed; his evil uncle, the regent, was also killed, then his body was dragged though the streets, feet first, and hung from a lamp-post. Abdel Karim Kassem, who took over from the king, was assaaainated within a year of the popular revolution. And those who followed him also died violently.

Now it is the turn of Saddam Hussein. And sure as General Ershad was arrested yesterday, the time will come for Saddam Hussein. I give you talk in writing.

 
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