Published On: Fri, Oct 12th, 2012

Top Ten Most Evil Dictators of All Time (in order of kill count); Gowon, Leopold, Hitler…

Yakubu Gowon

NewsRescue- In this list prepared by Juan Carlos, the unusuals  include, Nigeria’s dictator from the Middle Belt, the young Christian general  Yakubu Gowon who, together with his army general, ex president, Olusegun  Obasanjo, led the infamous Biafra assault. Also on the list is Belgian  king, Leopold, who according to popular counts, exterminated no less than 25  Million Africans especially in the Congo valley. His numbers are more than  listed below. Leopold’s statue is still revered in Belgium and many colleges are  named after the man behind Africa’s most grave holocaust. Not included in the  list however is George W. Bush, the president of America who caused the death of  over 2 million in the Iraq false WMD war.

This is Juan Carlos’ list:

Top Ten Most Evil Dictators of All Time (in order of kill count)

Some people make horrible decisions, others are just bad presidents, a few  are bloodthirsty, many are extremists, a couple are warmongers, and all of these  guys are a mix. Ten of our political leaders in the last 130 years have been the  architects of the most horrific genocides, systematic murders, blockades, brutal  wars, and policy reforms history has ever recorded.

Where to begin? Maybe an icebreaker for you next dinner party? Did you know  the word “genocide” was coined in 1943 to describe when the Armenians were  slaughtered haphazardly by Turkish leader Ismail Enver? Until then there was no  specific word for it in our language. It makes me think about how much more  cognizant we’ve become in this last century to these events. So, a quick toast  between you and I to a more peaceable future where less of what follows below is  allowed to happen. Sit back, but don’t relax.

10. Yakubu Gowon (1.1 million deaths)

Breakdown: 1 million civilians on the wrong side of a blockade caused  by a war of secession in Nigeria and 100,000 soldiers who died in that  war.

It starts as many sad stories do with precious beautiful oil. It had  been found in the Niger delta where tensions were already high between the  Eastern region (led by Ojukwu) and the rest of the country (governed by Yakubu).  A dummy agreement was signed between them called the “Aburi Accord”, but it  meant nothing to either leader. Yakubu started to put pressure on the region,  and tested how much sway he had in the area versus Ojukwu. Well Ojukwu being no  slouch declared secession from the rest of Nigeria and became the “Republic of  Biafra”. This began a war that caused the deaths of 100,000 soldiers, and much  worse, a blockade on the region which starved 1 million civilians.

9. Mengistu Haile Mariam (400,000 – 1.5  million deaths)

Breakdown: As president of Ethiopia and colonel of  “the Derg” (communist militia) Mengitsu systematically killed those against him in the “Red  Terror” campaign.

Mengistu Haile Mariam is (as in still alive) a politician  who presided over Ethiopia from 1974 to 1991. The way he got into power was by  smothering the previous president Haile Selassie although he has denied those  rumors. His biggest claim to fame is the Ethiopian Red  Terror which was a campaign of repression led by the Derg (communist militia  in Ethiopia).

In his introductory speech Mengitsu yelled, “Death to counterrevolutionaries!  Death to the EPRP!” Then he took three bottles filled with blood and threw them  to the ground.

It was an auspicious beginning to say the least. Thousands were killed and  found dead on the streets in the years that followed. Much of the murdering can  be attributed to the friendly neighborhood watch there known as “Kebeles”. As if  killing innocents wasn’t enough they would then charge the family a tax to  return the dead body to them. The tax was aptly named “the wasted bullet”! Are  you serious Mengitsu? However there was an even more gruesome fate of being left  on the street where wild hyenas would fight over the dead. The campaign has been  described as one of the worst mass murders ever in Africa. Mengitsu is even  known to have garroted people to  death.

8. Kim Il Sung (1.6 million deaths)

Breakdown: Unpopular among his people Kim used the U.S. as a  scapegoat and forced the country to believe in his delusion or else.

Before our very own Kim Jong-Il was his murderous father Kim Il Sung who led  North Korea in a terrible direction. He fought for a command economy that  allowed the government to make all decisions for the country. For various  reasons the people never seemed to love the man, and so his hold on power was  tenuous at best. Like most crazies he blamed somebody else, in this case the  USA, and said they had spread disease throughout its population. He also pulled  a Stalin, and had large-scale purges. His underlying reason was that it would  scare people into believing he was telling the truth.  Kim’s purge was a  little different than Stalin’s though in that there were no trials.  During  his tenure prison camps sprung up all over the country to contain the ever  growing masses of people against Kim Il Sung.

7. Pol Pot (1.7 million deaths)

Breakdown: Forced city folk to relocate to farms and forced them into  hard labor.

Pol Pot was the leader of the communist movement in Cambodia. He attempted to “cleanse” the country and it resulted in the death of an estimated 1.7 to 2.5  million people. There was an interesting policy going around called agrarian  collectivization which he put into practice in the late 1970′s. Basically it  forced city folk to head out to the farms to do some labor and vice versa for  farmers. As you might guess, and hindsight is 20/20, neither group was very good  at their new jobs. Pol didn’t stop at enslaving his own people though. He also  didn’t feed them well, gave them little medical care, and executed many of them.  The net result was killing off approximately 1/5 of the Cambodian  population!

6. Ismail Enver Pasha (2.5 million deaths)

Breakdown: 1,200,000 Armenians (1915) + 350,000 Greek Pontians  and 480,000 Anatolian Greeks (1916-22) + 500,000 Assyrians  (1915-20)

He began his career as a Turkish military officer and leader in the Young  Turk revolution. Eventually he rose to power and led the Ottoman Empire in both  Balkan Wars and World War I. As a war minister Enver was not very useful, and  was defeated over and over. His crushing loss at the Battle of Sarikamish needed  a scapegoat, and that’s when he decided to blame Armenians for the failure. That  is what began what is now known as the Armenian  Genocide. The word “genocide” was coined to describe this event.

Etymology from Wikipedia: Coined in 1943 by Raphael Lemkin  (1900–1959), a PolishJewishlegal scholar, to describe what the Turkish  government (ca 1915–18) perpetrated against the Armenian  people, now called the Armenian  Genocide. From the stem of Ancient Greek (génos), “race, kind” or Latin “tribe, clan” (-cide).

5. Hideki Tojo (5 million deaths)

Breakdown: Waged unprovoked wars against China, USA, Netherlands, and  France.

Hideki Tojo was a general in the Imperial Japanese Army. He  assumed the position of Prime Minister and held Army Minister concurrently. As  if that wasn’t enough he also held other major positions like Home Minister,  Foreign Minister, Education Minister, and Commerce Minister. His major  contributions to education were teaching militaristic and nationalist  indoctrination. His version of homeland security was approving eugenics measures  which essentially made a distinction between pure blood and mixed blood Japanese  families.

During World War II Tojo started winning battles and the public loved him for  it. He really bought into the Nazi Kool-aid, and held steadfastly with Germany.  When the tide turned, and he began losing, it was devastating. Eventually he  went into seclusion. He was tried for war crimes and found guilty of waging wars  of aggression, wars in violation of international law, and waging unprovoked war  against many countries. Not to mention ordering, authorizing, and permitting  inhumane treatment of Prisoners of War.

Imposing statue of King Leopold II on his horse is proudly found at Place du Trône which is surrounding the Royal Palace in Brussels, Belgium. How about a Hitler statue of same sort in Germany?

NewsRescue- Imposing statue of King Leopold II on his  horse, proudly found at Place du Trône surrounding the Royal Palace in Brussels,  Belgium. How about a Hitler statue of same sort in Germany?

4. Leopold II of Belgium (2-15 million deaths)

Breakdown: Created a colony called the “Congo Free State”, enslaved  its people, and forced them into labor plants.

Leopold II was the King of the Belgians, and believed in  colonialism. He thought acquiring colonies overseas was essential to a great  country and was always scheming. The problem was Belgium really didn’t care, and  so Leopold went into business for himself. He started a company that seemed like  it was doing good called the International African Society. A year later he used  that company to travel to Congo, laid claim to a plot of land 14 times the size  of Belgium, and made 14 countries agree (USA included) that he was free to rule  it with his own private militia. He then forced the indigenous populations into  forced labor, created a bustling rubber industry, and abused his workers  grievously.

Missionary John Harris on returning from Congo said: “I have just returned  from a journey inland to the village of Insongo Mboyo. The abject misery and  utter abandon is positively indescribable.”

Estimates of the death toll range from two to fifteen million which could all  have been avoided if 14 countries didn’t hand him the keys to the car!

3. Adolf Hitler (17 million deaths)

Breakdown: Concentration camps and civilians in WWII.

Adolf Hitler was the leader of the Nazi Party. He was  the absolute dictator of Germany from 1934 to 1945. He gained support  by promoting values like German nationalism and anti-semitism. Hitler was  appointed chancellor in 1933 and began the Third Reich. Hitler was power hungry  as all hell, hated the shit out of Jews (and others), and wanted  hegemony  in Europe. The militarization that was needed to complete such a lofty goal led  to the outbreak of World War II. Nazi forces engaged in the systematic murder of  as many as 17 million civilians,an estimated six million of whom were Jews,  and 1.5 million Romanis.

2. Jozef Stalin (23 million deaths)

Breakdown: The great purges and Ukraine’s famine.

Jozef Stalin was the first Secretary of the Communist Party from 1922 – 1953.  After Lenin’s death in 1924, he became the leader of the Soviet Union. Stalin  didn’t take long in launching a new economy that screwed up food production  across the country so bad it caused massive famine. Between 1922-23 it reached  such catastrophic proportions everything  went to shit. In Ukraine this dark period is known as Holodomor. Its widely believed  that Soviet policies caused the famine there and was designed as an attack on  Ukrainian nationalism. Estimates on the total number of casualties within Soviet  Ukraine range from 2.6 million to 10 million! During the late 1930s Stalin  launched another wonderfully titled initiative called the Great Purge (also known as  the “Great Terror”). It was a paranoid campaign to kill off the people who  opposed him, and his targets were often executed.

In 1939 Stalin agreed to a non-aggression pact with the Nazis. Eventually  Germany violated the pact, the Soviet Union joined the allies, and they racked  up 23.9 million deaths (the largest death toll in the war).

1. Mao Zedong (49-78 million deaths)

Breakdown: Policy reforms like the Great Leap Forward and the  Cultural Revolution.

Mao Zedong was a Chinese revolutionary, political theorist,  and communist leader who led the People’s Republic of China. Mao, while  controversial, is still widely considered a savior of the nation. I did a  semester abroad in China in 2001 after falling in love with its history, and was  surprised in my conversations that many people thought Mao had done 70% – 80%  good things. During  his first five years from 1949 – 53 he is said to have  systematically killed between 4 to 6 million people by sentencing them to die or  by sending them to “reform through labor” camps. He organized mass repressions,  established execution quotas, and defended his actions in these early years as  necessary for securing power for “The People’s Republic of China”.

His social programs the Great  Leap Forward and the Cultural  Revolution are two of the most ill-fated, poorly named, initiatives ever.  The first was an effort to rapidly industrialize China. His focus was on making  China a premier exporter of steel, and to this end he asked everybody to  make  it. The problem was it got many citizens to make smelting shops in  their backyards. Not only was the steel of little value, but it was made from  everything lying around the house including their own cooking supplies! Without  the tools to make food, no money coming in from the steel, and no money to  survive ~ a lot of people starved to death. The estimates on this  program alone are 20 million deaths! Think about that number. Really think about  it. Then ask yourself… why would you EVER let someone back into power after such  an insanely bad decision.Well, they took the reigns away from him for a short  time.

In the interim Mao started the socialist education movement. He aimed the  concept at young ones who would eventually wrest the power away from the older  guard. By 1964 this movement was renamed the “four cleanups movement” whose goal  was cleansing politics, economics, ideas, and organization of “reactionaries”. This led to the formation of the “Red Guards” who were  organized to punish intellectuals and take out Mao’s political adversaries. The  Cultural Revolution was now underway, and its overriding mission was to abolish:  Old Customs, Old Culture, Old Habits, and Old Ideas. Something Mao fervently  believed in was that destruction and chaos could bring re-birth. So he told his  followers to destroy buildings, sacred objects, talk back to ones elders, punish  them, turn them in, and kill those who did not agree. By 1968 things were  starting to look pretty good for Mao all over again, and so he put into place  the decade long “Down to the Countryside Movement” which forced young  intellectuals to move out to the country to become farmers. Sadly, the people he  pushed out there were the same Red Guards who had helped him get power.  Estimates of the death toll are between 40,000 – 7 million depending on who you  ask.

Finally, there is the 100 flowers movement which just needs an abbreviated  mention here. Mao asked people to come forth and tell him how he should govern  China.  Intellectuals and liberals bit at the chance to tell him what they  really thought, and were encouraged by the Communist party to do so. Then in a  sudden change of heart, or an incredibly crafty mission to out his haters, the  government persecuted 500,000 of them who were considered to be “dangerous  thinkers”.

Mao is essentially like that girlfriend/boyfriend who keeps on taking a shit  on you, but is so damn charming you hardly notice. His policies and political  purges from 1949 to 1976 caused the deaths of 49 to 78 million people.

The moral of the story is ~

Let’s stop allowing evil political dictators to take office. And if we do  have someone bad in office we can find better ways to get them out than  murdering them, wars, and aggressive confrontations. Link:  http://popten.net/2010/05/top-ten-most-evil-dictators-of-all-time-in-order-of-kill-count/

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  1. ABUGU AUGUSTINE says:

    This is terrible, really really terrible and unbelieveable yet, the killing is still ongoing in many different parts of the world. O God, the world needs Thy Saoshyant to show us the way out.

  2. Bridget peter says:

    This is quite educative as it is entertaining. Very insightful and a warning of a stitch in time. More ink to your pen man!

  3. Olamiposi says:

    I must kudos your ever informin,entertaining and educating post..KUDOS!!!This post is just it..please do not relent..More greese!!!

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