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King of Scotland[edit]

I'm surprised no one has added that some of his "erratic" behavior was actually a tongue in cheek criticism of colonialism. He was "King of Scots" like a European could be "King of Ugandans" etc. It's sort of funny that when he did it it is considered absurd, but when Europeans claimed the same absurdities ... no one batted an eyelid, or called it "erratic." — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:49, 25 February 2014 (UTC)

But he didn't have any control or influence over Scotland, so his claim was absurd. European monarchs had actual power over their African territories, whether by force or consent. You're asserting a false equivalency. (talk) 08:21, 13 July 2018 (UTC)


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)

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)
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)
Here is socialist POV article about how Idi Amin gained power. RhinoMind (talk) 01:41, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
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)

Amin Earned a Doctorate[edit]

Idi Amin earned a Doctorate before his coup and Presidency. -- Sleyece (talk) 13:30, 31 October 2018 (UTC)

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)

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)

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)