Give me almost absolute power along the lines of Saddam Hussein and it would interest me very little to collect fast cars, scantily clad mistresses, pistols, palaces and endless statues of myself. If you are the dictator of a country, what prevents you from being at a benign tyrant interested in building schools and universities, sharing the wealth of the nation so that there's no grinding poverty, ending torture and encouarging tolerance and compassion? Why is there this need to plunder the country, turn oneself into a demi-god and delight in torturing one's own citizens? Something else which puzzles me is that these folks secretly love the things they despise in public. Saddam and his sons adored western movies, booze, pornogaphy, etc, etc, and yet it was a crime for other citizens to be in possession of this stuff.