3. Bashar al-Assad, Syria – Eye Doctor Turned Dictator
Next to Kim Jong Un, Bashar al-Assad has been under the world’s spotlight in recent years for all the on-goings currently happening in Syria. After abandoning his earlier career as an eye doctor by taking over the presidency from his horrible father in 2000, initial hopes were high for positive reform in Syria.
But Bashar decided to take after his father and set events in motion that would lead to the Syrian Civil War.
Bashar’s regime is characterized with use of excessive brutal force to quell any protests, extreme racial and religious insensitivity, and a penchant for war crimes. Over 10,000 Syrian civilians have been killed in 2015 alone, over two hundred thousand have died in the civil war, and millions have fled from their homes and into Europe.
Bashar is currently under investigation from a number of parties, including France and the UN, for war crimes and crimes against humanity.