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Was Idi an anticommunist? From what I've read of him, he didn't seem to have much of an ideology. He seemed to mostly be focused on staying in power. Moreover, he was pretty close to the U.S.S.R. and East Germany. Josh (talk) 05:55, 27 September 2010 (UTC)[reply]

I have removed that category several times, but someone keeps adding it back. Idi Amin had no particular anti-communist leanings.Ezeu (talk) 22:30, 11 October 2010 (UTC)[reply]
Amin couped Milton Obote who had gained independence for Uganda from colonial rule and had explicit pro-communist sympathies. Amin was supported financially, militarily and politically by the US, UK (and Israel) in his first years. When they discovered he was insane and "bad company" sanctions were imposed. Under Nixon surprisingly. From then on, Amin became a "hostage" of the Cold War. To stay in power he needed support from Cold War super-powers.
I can't say if Amin can be properly categorized as Anti-communist or not, I am not that knowledgable about the subject, but he did kill quite a few communists and some of his worst enemies were communists. RhinoMind (talk) 01:34, 15 January 2019 (UTC)[reply]
Here is socialist POV article about how Idi Amin gained power. RhinoMind (talk) 01:41, 15 January 2019 (UTC)[reply]
Yes, the West did initially support Amin, but when they refused to provide as many arms as Amin wanted, he switched his allegiance to the Soviet bloc and Libya. Either way, there is no indication that he was an anticommunist (or a pro-communist, for that matter). His only "ideology" seemed to be holding onto power. Amin's formal education was also very limited, so it's unlikely he even had much knowledge of communism. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:442:4680:3331:5998:810F:FD57:45AD (talk) 20:06, 8 September 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Barbet Schroeder, filmaker who made a movie on Idi Amin is not French but German Swiss and Iranian[edit]

It is a detail, but perhaps someone should consider correcting the affirmation that Barbet Shroeder, while speaking French and having lived fin France for a while and made his "début" in cinema there, he is not French. It seems to me that he is half German by his mother and half Swiss by his father. Being born in Teheran he is also Iranian.  [1]


  1. ^ Encyclopedia Universalis en Français

As I am not an English speaker nor a specialist of the life of Schroeder I would not dare to modify the article but someone who is a native English speaker and fairly knows the life of B.S. might consider to do so. 2A02:A03F:3F6C:2F00:D51A:83E6:1164:6000 (talk) 03:13, 18 March 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Heavy Metal/Metal Hurlant?[edit]

For a short time, there was a graphic-b&w comic magazine series about Amin being transformed into a beautiful woman (but still having the mind of Amin). I have them someplace - it might even have been a few issues of the Warren mag, "1984." For the popular culture-type section? (talk) 03:27, 10 April 2019 (UTC)[reply]

most brutal -> cruelest[edit]

The cited reference does not call him 'one of the most brutal despots in world history' but rather one of the most cruel of African history. Given the far larger brutality and deaths under Pol Pot, Stalin, and others, it's probably better to keep the words on Amin a bit more centered. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jedgold (talkcontribs) 19:05, 17 September 2019 (UTC)[reply]

bulletin ref[edit]

@Indy beetle: you've added the ref name "bulletin" with no definition. Were you trying to add that name to the ref directly after it? That's my guess, but since "bulletin" isn't in its title or publisher name I wasn't sure. -- Fyrael (talk) 18:40, 16 April 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@Fyrael: My mistake, it was an incomplete ref. I've fixed it. -Indy beetle (talk) 19:17, 16 April 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Semi-protected edit request on 23 October 2021[edit]

There is a Wikipedia page that details the persecution of Baha’i adherents including the execution of Olinga and his family but there’s no mention of this in the article on Idi Amin. 2600:8805:4206:4400:810B:6B74:34B:2CAC (talk) 13:16, 23 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

 Not done: it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format and provide a reliable source if appropriate. ScottishFinnishRadish (talk) 13:20, 23 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

The Bahai are a religious minority, surely a link would do: if you unlock the page he could sort it himself. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:39, 3 November 2021 (UTC)[reply]