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Old 10-22-2014, 04:31 PM   #21
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I've been gone for awhile, but now I'm back. I'll wade in.

@milehighsalute is, of course, correct about the "positive results" the Hitler regime had on Germany at the time. Acknowledging people's positives in no way delegitimizes their negatives. We, in the West, portray Hitler as the "worst of the worst" because we were at war with him. We were never (directly) at war with Stalin or Pol Pot. People/nations do the same thing today, and probably always will. You demonize your enemy. Qaddafi, Hussein, al Assad, Noriega, etc. were all accused of atrocities, both real and imagined. In terms of sheer numbers, Stalin's purges, massacres and genocides directly caused more deaths than Hitler. Percentage-wise, Pol Pot is the biggest monster - responsible for killing off 1/3 to 1/2 of Cambodia's population, although the actual numbers don't come close to Hitler or Stalin. When more information comes out after re-unification, I wouldn't doubt it if the Kim regime in North Korea ends up making Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot look like pikers. I don't like "my monster is bigger than your monster" games. Monsters are monsters are monsters...

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