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pictures of autocrats lecturing the people

There seems to be one common element to the Arab Spring: all the autocrats seem to take to the airwaves to lecture their people. Have a look:

Ben-Ali

Mubarak

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I’m sure this condescending and patrician attitude reflects their view towards their own people: that they’re too infantile or fragile to understand geopolitical issues. You can imagine Muammar al-Qaddafi thinking, as he wags his finger on state television, wouldn’t it be better for everyone involved if they just went back to their homes and schools and left the “governing” to the people who really understand power?