No one said he was stupid

Interesting, to see how the Libyan colonel has been quick to ditch his WMDs subsequent to Hussein’s capture, in a manner that ensures he’ll find favor with the West. You’d think this would have some impact on a certain former student of dentistry in Syria, although I can’t imagine it will make any difference at all to the mullahs in Iran. They are already tottering, and giving way on this sort of thing would almost certainly finish them off as the only thing they have going for them is that their people are still afraid.

People ruled by dictators are like sharks. Once they scent weakness, it isn’t long before someone is strung up by their feet. Sic semper tyrannis.

What I don’t understand is this dreadful urge to rule over other people. It seems that if you study the life of almost any dictator, you learn that it is only a matter of time before they begin retreating into seclusion, driven their by their fear of those to whom they know they are doing wrong. Castro appears to be an exception to this, but any man who wants to give speeches lasting nine hours is clearly already off his gourd.