The maxim 'History repeats itself." is a truism which people seem forgetting through centuries with disastrous consequences. The harsh Russian winter decimated Napoleon's army of half a million men, a formidable force then. leaving some ten thousand men straggling home. The same fate befell Hitler though with a great difference. While Napoleon left some remarkable deeds like the Napoleonic Code that overwhelmed whatever ill effects caused by his invasion, Hitler earned mostly contempt and condemnation on account of his immense crimes against humanity.
Idi Amin Dada, the Butcher of Uganda, could be possibly the most notorious of all Africa's post-independence dictators. The number of his victims, either killed, tortured or imprisoned reportedly could be estimated from 100,000 to half a million. After his ouster in 1979, he was forced to flee in exile.