Short thread on the laughs of military dictators, who somehow found humour in covert assassinations and policy blunders of epic proportions.

1/ General Musharraf @ 0:33:
2/ Interviewer: "You find your conscience is clear"

General Zia: "My conscience is clear by 200%"

*maniacal laughter* at 0:08
3/ Yahya Khan's amused laughter at the question that he was out of touch with ground realities in East Pakistan @ 1:32, right after he denied reports of genocide.

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