With the recent deaths of Gaddafi and now Kim Jong Il, I found myself thinking about how strangely the pair of them dressed. They both dressed so very strangely. They dressed as if they were trying to make your eyes vomit in revulsion and then commit suicide because they were unable to go on living with the memories of those awful, awful clothes. Kim Jong Il with his bouffant hair-do, the grandma sized glasses and the khaki leisure suits. Gaddafi with his kaftans, strange hats, faux military garb and his ghoulish visage which was the result of botched plastic surgery. I then thought that of all the millions of people that these d bags ruled over or enslaved, you’d think one of them had to have been a stylist! Apparently not. But then I started wondering if maybe the odd style of dress was some strange sort of power move. Like they were dressing in a way as if to dare you to say something about it. The clothing equivalent of 2 + 2 = 5. In 1984, Orwell asks, “How does one man assert his power over another?” By making him suffer is the answer. He goes on to explain, “Obedience is not enough. Unless he is suffering, how can you be sure that he is obeying your will and not his own?” I think we all agree that seeing how these two “men” dressed and not falling down on the floor laughing would be a form of suffering and therefore was a way for them to assert their power over others. Here’s hoping that both these countries get leaders that both dress and rule better. I’ll settle for rule better.