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  • a ruler or other person who holds absolute power, typically one who exercises it in a cruel or oppressive way.
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Here’s a case where a POW was likely murdered, yet they are the same ones insisting that we leave the despot in power.

They have been consistent in their demands for firm international action to force the despot from power.

After all, the 20th century was a time when the world sang the praises of despots and despotism.

But the despotism in certain dingy and decayed tribes in the twentieth century does not prove that the first men were ruled despotically.

Thirty years of rule by benevolent despots who promote economic growth and development - even if it made sense - is simply not an option here.

All it has done is replace one despotic tyrannical regime with another that is mildly better in some ways, and much worse in others.

Most threw out despots after years of growing prosperity, learning and interaction with the world through trade, travel and media.

For the past two decades he has made something of a name for himself dealing with many of the world’s most notorious dictators and despots.

History should have taught us that despots, nuclear powers, rogue states et al do not attack strong adversaries; they prey on the weak.

Even if other nations wished to act selflessly on behalf of the oppressed by attacking a despotic state, the charter of the United Nations forbids it.

As an additional benefit, military spending also consumes resources that might otherwise be used to woo our power-base of poverty stricken, powerless, despotically ruled zealots.

Often I distrust figures for the numbers of victims of colonialism because the same sources downplay or ignore the victims of African or Asian despots, or of socialism.

However, I found his list of despots interesting in that there were a couple of notable absences who, by my reckoning, have more deaths on their hands than any of the ones he mentioned.

The Party’s charter called for the violent overthrow of the U.S. government, and its officials took orders from Soviet despots.

Like anyone else fleeing tyranny, many Muslims came to this country to escape the dictates of despots religious or otherwise.

And then there’s an opportunistic foreign policy that equates despots with democrats and which has baffled the most seasoned of diplomats.

Most of the tyrants, despots, and dictators are sincerely convinced that their rule is beneficial for the people, that theirs is government for the people.

What we don’t want is Third World despots harming our economic interests abroad or murdering our citizens at home.

King in this Middle Eastern context meant a ruler who would deal despotically with them, a governor quite different from the constitutional rulers of Europe.

Obeying no law, despotic authority was arbitrary, and its animating spirit was fear.

The famous treason statute of 1352, which had spelt out what was (and by exclusion, was not) treason, appeared not to cover, except by a big leap, what the earl had done in ruling despotically in Ireland.

In the semi-autobiographical “East is East,” the Pakistani owner of a London fish-and-chips shop rules despotically over his unruly family.

There is not a grain of evidence that primitive government was despotic and tyrannical.

I believe aid to sub-Saharan Africa comes mainly from poor Europeans and ends up in the pockets - or Swiss bank accounts - of rich African despots.

And this makes the world’s despots breathe a little easier.

Also, the war generation lived through times when politicians and generals, dictators and despots, managed to squander untold millions of young lives.

When people are hungry and afraid and desperate, that doesn’t happen, and they put despots in to take care of everything.

I wonder to myself if the delusions of world leaders, tyrants, despots and even elected officials work the same way.

Autocratic, theocratic, despotic regimes allow no political freedom, all thought is outlawed, and brute suppression is the norm.

Of course the world shares the responsibility to rid itself of despots - and to avoid creating them in the first place.