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Good dictator at any point in history

There is a proverb from West Africa: "Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter." When we are constantly reminded of the horrors inflicted in Cambodia, the Soviet Union, North Korea, Uganda, or Germany, it can be a daunting task to find dictatorial rulers that challenge the norm. I wrote an answer to a similar question about Joseph Pilsudski. Has there ever been a "good dictatorship"? Is humankind capable of doing this? But this time, I will focus on another dictator, one who remains largely unknown in the western world. Thomas Sankara (1949-1987) was dictator of the west African nation of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987. His regime was authoritarian to say the least, but it was one of brief and peculiar form. Despite after thirty years, many African scholars and political philosophers look to Sankara's vision of a united Africa. Even today, he is considered a hero by many Burkinabe as well as Africans. When I first hear