I completely oppose that all rulers should resort to all means necessary to retain power. That brings wealth, a prestigious lifestyle, control over the country and a high reputation amongst leaders while the people of the country are suffering from violence, unemployment, internal corruption and restrictions on freedom.
One of the current topics in the media is the forced resignation of both Tunisia’s and Egypt’s presidents Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and Hosni Mubarak due to the pressure placed on them by the government, protestors within the country, and the leaders of other countries. When presidents such as Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and Hosni Mubarak resort to all means necessary to retain power, people in their own countries start to suffer. Therefore, the people start to try and overthrow the president for the chance of better employment and way of life. For example, President Mubarak had been ruling Egypt for the last 30 years using any means necessary to him such as violence, the use of armed forces, police and corruption within his own government to stay in power.
Protests normally start peacefully, but if protestors believe that their voice is not being heard, protesters can become violent by burning tyres, cars, buildings, also being aggressive and fighting towards police and armed forces and, at the worst, some martyr themselves in front of crowds and media to gain local and international attention to their cause.
Leaders mostly try to retain power when they start to fear that they are loosing it.This is followed by the use of violence and getting rid of anyone they see to be opposing their rule such as firing government officials. Consequently once these people are gone they have reduced any or all opposition.
Presidents can also lie to the government and the people of the country by holding what seem to be legitimate elections, but figures can and are in some cases calculated incorrectly in favor of the person already in power so they can maintain control. A leader usually uses violence to scare and control people into submission by using guns and fighting with the help of police and army forces. At worst, they sometimes kill the protestors.
Power brings wealth, a prestigious lifestyle, control and a high reputation. That’s why some leaders would use any means possible to stay in power, but at the same time conditions within the country get worse and yet the presidents won’t stand down. The effects of this type of rule have been evident in what has happened in Egypt and Tunisia for both the people and country.
In conclusion, I oppose that all rulers should resort to all means necessary to retain power. If a country is ruled in this way it can be cataclysmic for the country and the people.