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But in view of its contemporary nature, of the otherwise difficult-to-explain deteriorating relationship between Hasan and his closest supporters among the amirs, and of the well-known material result of those policies--his megalomanic religious complex in Cairo at the foot of the citadel (the largest of premodern Cairo)--it is a pertinent observation and an explanation that cannot be easily dismissed.
Stewie, the Griffins' baby, is a pint-sized megalomanic, raging at humanity with a British aristocrat's haughtiness.
'From the moment we took on a role that included the permanent military domination of the world, we were on our own--feared, hated, corrupt and corrupting, maintaining 'order' through state terrorism and bribery, and given to megalomanic rhetoric and sophistries that virtually invited the rest of the world to unite against us.
The warp drives, bug-eyed monsters, and megalomanic computers (HAL), so common to Western science-fiction films, were perceived to be immoral, impossible, imperialist elements that exploited the fears of their audience.
This response from Macedonia's eastern neighbor comes as a reflex to the megalomanic conduct of the Macedonian authorities to their neighbors, to Bulgarian citizens in this particular case.
Duhamel, however, avoids a comparison between the two with the Napoleon years 1804-15, when Bonaparte crowned himself emperor and entered a tyrannical and megalomanic spiral which ended at Waterloo.
All this compounded by the fact that Brad is flat broke and having to deal with his megalomanic step-father's 'Reverse Land Bridge' theory.
Whatever else he might be (and he confesses, with a smile, that the 20th-century series is 'megalomanic'), Rosenthal is not clueless.
The Swedes are full of megalomanic impressions and are clearly tied to their own traits and achievements.
The career of the megalomanic President of Turkmenistan, Saparmurat Niyazov, is described over two pages with admirable restraint.
If these statements were epigraphs, I would add a third, from a recently published book by Chalmers Johnson: From the moment we took on a role that included the permanent military domination of the world, we were on our own--feared, hated, corrupt and corrupting, maintaining 'order' through state terrorism and bribery, and given to megalomanic rhetoric and sophistries that virtually invited the rest of the world to unite against us.
The complex at Prora is no fit object for a condemnation as megalomanic "Nazi architecture." Meanwhile countless beaches have been transformed into holiday plants.
There was something so megalomanic about Murdoch's interview with the BBC that one wonders hopefully whether it has all gone to his head and soon he'll be gnawing the carpet like other moguls before him.
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