― Mahātmā Gandhi
Much as I admire the Mahātmā, it does not follow that things will always turn out for the best.
Take mad dictators for example. They may indeed get their just desserts, but it’s usually a long process. By the time things go pear-shaped, they’ve squirreled away half the national wealth in numbered offshore bank accounts and slaughtered millions.
However, if they are sneaky or lucky, they may escape through a scheme I call The Jaffa Protocol. The Jaffa Protocol is the maintenance of a friendly relationship with another country as a future safe-haven. Upon escape by private jet, to reinforce your new public image, the outward appearance of religious piety, crocodile-teared sorrow or an endearing personal idiosyncrasy is also useful.
For a master-class, one need only look to Idi Amin, after whom The Jaffa Protocol is named. His peaceful retirement to Saudi Arabia, religious devotion and quirky love of oranges, led to the oft-said (I would assume) phrase: “oh there goes dear old Dr. Jaffa.”
Other candidates for tenure positions at the Sith Academy, like Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad (another doctor), should have read this blog post earlier.