11 April 2011

Picturing Dictators

Laurent Gbagbo and his wife in Abidjan after his arrest on Monday.
Photo Credit: Agence France-Presse/Getty Images.

This is the image that accompanies reports in The New York Times regarding recent events in the political crisis in Cote d’Ivoire. Gbagbo is the former dictator who has refused to relinquish power in the wake of elections last fall. Here is a man who wielded dictatorial powers but appears now, having been captured by opposition forces, rather pathetic. Perhaps he can rely on his friends among prominent American conservatives and evangelicals for solace. And, of course, it remains to be seen whether the opposition - headed by Allassane Ouattra - will be an improvement.

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