They have been consistent in their demands for firm international action to force the despot from power.
Here's a case where a POW was likely murdered, yet they are the same ones insisting that we leave the despot in power.
And then there's an opportunistic foreign policy that equates despots with democrats and which has baffled the most seasoned of diplomats.
Often I distrust figures for the numbers of victims of colonialism because the same sources downplay or ignore the victims of African or Asian despots , or of socialism.
Obeying no law, despotic authority was arbitrary, and its animating spirit was fear.
But the despotism in certain dingy and decayed tribes in the twentieth century does not prove that the first men were ruled despotically .
History should have taught us that despots , nuclear powers, rogue states et al do not attack strong adversaries; they prey on the weak.
I believe aid to sub-Saharan Africa comes mainly from poor Europeans and ends up in the pockets - or Swiss bank accounts - of rich African despots .
Also, the war generation lived through times when politicians and generals, dictators and despots , managed to squander untold millions of young lives.
In the semi-autobiographical ‘East is East,’ the Pakistani owner of a London fish-and-chips shop rules despotically over his unruly family.