You know that crazy dictator in Turkmenistan, the one who made a “cult of personality” around himself, making it mandatory for his — oh, let’s just call them “subjects” because that’s what they were — call him “Father of All Turkmen” and all schoolchildren study some awful book he wrote? How many of you thought, when you heard about this guy, “Hmm… pretty sweet gig.” Come on, admit it. There’s just not as much money in blogging as they all said. So you started thinking about your “dream career…”
Anyway, he’s dead now. I wonder if they’ll have him stuffed and encased in a glass coffin, like Lenin and all those other unpleasant, needy tyrants. Or did he forget to leave behind a legacy of power and control that will make continuing his Great Leader shtick necessary? I must admit, the suspense is… kind of evaporating, actually.
(What will probably really happen is that the populace, irate at having been controlled by a goon, will turn on each other, and Muslim jihadists will move into the resulting power vacuum, and we can say good-bye to all that airspace and support for the war. What can I say, I am not hopeful. Link via With Cheese!)