UGANDA: Big Daddy's Big Mouth

For manic bombast and sheer tactlessness, none of the world's leaders can compete with the big mouth of Uganda's General Idi ("Big Daddy") Amin Dada. Were it not for his dismal record as a capricious dictator—in addition to expelling 42,000 noncitizen Asians from Uganda, he has crippled the country's economy in the 32 months since his successful coup—Big Daddy's brand of verbal buckshot might be considered amusing. As it is, his off-the-cuff oratory mostly reflects his instability and ignorance. A sampling of the kind of rhetoric that has prompted President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia to call Amin "a madman"...

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