Saparmurat Niyazov - who will mourn?

Reading about Saparmurat Niyazov's exploits begs the question: was he close buddies with Kim-Jung Il? Did they compare notes and share ideas on how to express their authoritarian vision more clearly, more forcefully, more completely?

But consider: was Mr. Niyazov actually evil? Sure he is repressive and brain-washed and isolated his country, but maybe by doing so he averted greater tragedy, such as civil war or sectarian strife. Sometimes in order to save a nation you have to destroy it, right?

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