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19 Abdin Chande, “Muslim-State Relations in East Africa Under Conditions of Military and Civilian or One-Party Dictatorships,” Historia Actual Online, No. 17 (2008), p. 103. 20 Ibid ., p. 104. 21 Charles Moore, “Obituary: Idi Amin,” Daily Telegraph, August 18, 2003, (Search date: June 7, 2012) 22 Library of Congress Country Studies, op. cit. 23 Ibid.
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persecuted them. This also means that Amin’s regime became more secluded and every ethnic group is in danger from Amin’s reign of terror. 24 Also previously mentioned was the fact that as time passed Amin became more erratic that his government administrators were in fear. Amin’s erratic behavior contributed to mass terror acts against the population of Uganda. The root cause of Amin’s erratic behavior could have been the fact that Amin purposely calculated and created his “eccentric reputation in the foreign media as an easily parodied buffoon” so that he can divert the attention of the international community away from his governance of Uganda. 25 By that logic he appeared to be odd and erratic both domestically and internationally, so people can not predict his moves. That calculated tactic served Amin well in continuing both his genocide and politicide, which stemmed from perceived threats and securing his power. The consequences of the terrorist campaigns conducted by Uganda under Idi Amin Amin’s botched attempt to invade Tanzania for the purpose of expanding his territory, Amin’s military dictatorship came to an end in 1979 and he escaped to exile to Saudi Arabia. 26 Uganda under Idi Amin was an utter failure in developing the state and providing human rights. Amin had mismanaged Uganda’s economy because of the expulsion of Asians and usurping their businesses. The country was in shambles with 300,000 dead with a wrecked economy because of the actions of Idi Amin. There were no gains and benefits to Idi Amin’s regime. The immediate consequence after Amin was ousted was that former president Milton Obote returned to Uganda from his exile and took charge in 1980. However Obote‘s second period of rule was just as atrocious as Amin’s era, where an additional 300,000 people of Uganda died. 27 The long term consequences after Amin’s reign of terror was that there was one failed regime change after another, which brings us to today where Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army and other terrorist groups fight against the government. The reason 24 Ibid. 25 Charles Moore, op. cit. 26 Carol Ann McCauley, “Lord’s Resistance Army,” St. Bonaventure University: Student Research, (Search date: June 7, 2012) 27 Ibid .
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groups like Kony and the LRA conduct terrorist acts lies in “political misery”, which is the concept in which political misery develops in people after suffering from one failed regime change to another. 28 Conclusion The state terrorism of Uganda under the rule of Idi Amin led to 300,000 deaths. He committed genocide and politicide in order to stay in power and to support his loyal power base, with the help of the secret police such as SRB and PSU. The domestic authority of Uganda is characterized as a
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  • Yoweri Museveni, Milton Obote, President of Uganda, Major General Idi Amin

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