this author grew up under such regimes... he says...
"...It is something of a mystery to me how so many people can be induced to take part in these dishonest mass gestures and, indeed, in decades of compliance with the ruler's orders. For us, the biggest incentive was that in our midst there were always people who were lurking about taking down information about those of us who showed any sort of reluctance or rebellion so they could gain favor by making their reports. Since these regimes do not only punish the non-compliant or rebellious but also members of their extended families and friends, the show of resistance wouldn't only have bad consequences for the perpetrators but many others and hardly anyone wanted to be the cause of such grief and gross injustice.
Making friends with people who rule these countries, as some suggest, is out of the question for anyone with even an ounce of decency. If one must deal with them, as diplomats often do, they have to be treated with utter formality so that no propaganda gains could be gotten for them from such associations.
Indeed, it seems to me that one line of education for diplomats who are required to deal with these dastards would be to learn just how most effectively to refuse to show any kind of sanction of the ruler and their regimes while not encouraging the brutalization of their population..."
http://www.thedailybell.com/3416/Tibor- … -Dictators
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