Tyrants and dictators: the same old song
Tyrants and dictators are often full of contradictions and, at worst, are largely conflicted. Such a man is Bashar Al Assad, president of Syria.
When a ruler both loves and hates his own people, enough to mock or wantonly kill them, an immense inner psychological betrayal is revealed. It is said to be both a problem of structure of consciousness, as well as an illusion of personal power; often of unlimited power. At least in this case the illusion is total.
The phase "will to power" was first coined by Fredrick Nietzsche (1844-1900) and was a concept popular among his contemporaries, where the ultimate duty of a king was to use any means whatsoever to gain and maintain control over inferiors. To such despots, flesh was cheap and meaningless.
Gas, if you will, 1,000, 2,000, 3,000 or more — Mr. Assad, you still can't win. Hiding them will accomplish nothing. You can't win because what you are trying to destroy is an idea, an idea bigger than any tyrant on this Earth has ever known or considered. That idea, of course, is freedom. Any slave will seek it, fight for it, even die for it, if necessary.
You, Bashar, and tyrants like you, have yet to learn that lesson, and never will, for the power you so earnestly crave is simply beyond your reach. For the common man will fight for his children and his children's children and will refuse to become what you so desperately desire — slaves to your savage, depraved and warped sense of leadership — and they will, as assuredly as I sit at my writing desk, finally run you and your kind onto the dung-heap of history once and forever.
Ralph J. Montonaro