We often hear of the security that dictators enforce – with Mussolini the trains ran on time, with Franco anyone could walk in the streets at night, with Stalin. . . But Iraq the Model notes what we sometimes forget but really know, peace is not an absence of crime but the presence of a deeper order. He considers the question: “Is dictatorship a guarantee for keeping the leash on those extremists?” And his answer is swift:
Absolutely not, dictatorship will not and cannot guarantee limiting the growth of extremism because extremist groups are the children of those regimes and a natural outcome of the way those regimes ruled these countries.
Dictatorships have all the lust for power and dirty mentality required to ally with the extremists against their enemies whether those are their own people or the west and its ideas of reform and liberty.
A peace enforced by a dictator is mere appearance, it is not the peace of a community in which citizens have (for the most part) internalized good behavior.