Idi Amin is a splendid type and a good [rugby] player … but virtually bone from the neck up, and needs things explained in words of one letter.
Document from Public Record Office quoting "a British official"; cited variously in obituaries including Prayers but no forgiveness for Idi Amin, August 18, 2003, Anton La Guardia, Daily Telegraph.
Politics is like boxing — you try to knock out your opponents.Idi AminInterview, African summit talks, Angola, January 1976. Reported p.A8, Palm Beach Post, January 12, 1976.
His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular.Idi AminHis full, formal title, which he conferred upon himself. Quoted inAfricana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience (1999) by Anthony Appiah and Henry Louis Gates
Although some people felt Adolf Hitler was bad, he was a great man and a real conqueror whose name would never be forgotten.Idi AminQuoted in The Evil 100 (2004) by Martin Gilman Wolcott, p. 78
In any country there must be people who have to die. They are the sacrifices any nation has to make to achieve law and order.Idi AminQuoted in Morrow's International Dictionary of Contemporary Quotations, 1982, Jonathon Green.
Amin is a splendid man by any standards and is held in great respect and affection by his British colleagues. … He is tough and fearless and in the judgment of everybody … completely reliable. Against this he is not very bright and will probably find difficulty in dealing with the administrative side of command.Idi AminOG Griffith, 1969 despatch on Amin's promotion to major, released by Public Record Office. Amin hailed as splendid, but not very bright, June 23, 2000, Richard Norton Taylor, The Guardian.
He is killer and clown, big-hearted buffoon and strutting martinet.Idi AminUganda. Amin:The Wild Man of Africa, March 07, 1977, Time magazine
My mission is to lead the country out of a bad situation of corruption, depression and slavery. After I rid the country of these vices, I will then organize and supervise a general election of a genuinely democratic civilian government.Idi AminQuoted in Uganda, the Human Rights Situation (1978), by United States Congress. Senate, p. 13 - Civil rights - 1978
Racist, erratic and unpredictable, brutal, inept, bellicose, irrational, ridiculous, and militaristic.Idi AminAbout Amin's regime. Telegram 1 From the Embassy in Uganda to the Department of State, January 2, 1973, 0700Z, U.S. Ambassador Thomas Patrick Melady. US Department of State.
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