As I was meditating this morning on the death of Saparmurat Niyazov, leader of Turkmenistan, I had a sudden, largely unrelated thought. We all know, since the loonies constantly remind us, that Bush is Hitler redux. Right? Bush=Hitler, yadda yadda, from the geniuses on the left.
So today this thought came through. Who is the "worst" dictator, Hitler or Stalin? Yes, we know all about Hitler's hatred of the Jews, Roma (gypsies for the politically incorrect), Gays, etc. The Holocaust was the "final solution" for about 10 million people overall.
And Stalin? Who the hell knows what his numbers were? Most likely though, they were enough to show Hitler as an amateur. And while Hitler at least went out of Germany to find his victims, Stalin committed genocide against his own.
Little aside here. While I'm writing in kind of an offhand fashion here, I'm not belittling these deaths. It was horrible, though also a set of numbers that is largely incomprehensible.
Alright then. Hitler killed 7-10 million, not counting the dead of the War itself. Stalin killed 50 million plus. Mao probably more.
So who is the worst dictator? By this single measure, Hitler was a slacker. Isn't it then an understatement to compare Bush to him? Bush is the biggest mass murderer in the world, right? So why not write the formulation Bush=Stalin? Or Bush=Mao?
Hmmmm. I wonder if it might not have a connection to the fact that the latter two were Communists, and therefore "leftists". Hitler being a Fascist, was on the far-right, was he not? Notwithstanding that "Nazi" was an abbreviation for "National Socialist".
Bush, if I'm correct (and I am) can't be compared to Stalin or Mao because the people making the comparisons would regard that as a compliment to Bush. Bush=Stalin would belittle Uncle Joe, whom the really truly radical leftists still consider a hero. So you pick the man everyone knows to be evil, and equate Bush to him. After all, given the ignorance of most people in the US today, nobody knows Stalin was a butcher, so why not carry his picture and hold him up as a hero.
I'm pretty disgusted right now. Next time there's a pro-Kyoto march, sponsored by the hardcore Communists, and you see them out there with their Stalin, Kim Jong Il, Mao Tse Tung, and Che Guevara posters, perhaps ask them why they don't carry a Hitler sign. My guess is that he was much more a friend of the environment than any of that bunch.