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In honor of Fidel Castro, this week’s greatest list will be the greatest dictators of all time. Sure dictators are usually considered evil people who are hated by millions of other people,and sure this list is full of some damn scary evil people, but you have to give them credit for something, and that’s what this list is for, besides #7 will just freak you out!

like always, full list after the click

7.The Pope


born: lots of years
Reign: the last 2000 years
The pope is the head of The Catholic religion, the largest signle organized religion in the world (as of 2004) with 1.1 billion participants. Everything the Pope says is followed by the vast majority of those 1.1 billion people.
In my book, that makes The Pope the ruler of the most people, and therefore, a dictator. Sure, The Pope is the exact opposite of what a dictator is generally considered, being the epicenter of all there is to be good in the world, but, if you look at the facts, the Pope is really a, dictator.

6. Benito Mussolini

Born on July 29, 1883, Mussolini was the fascist dictator of Italy in 1922, and just 4 years later, had complete control over the government, and the people of Italy. He allied with Nazi Germany durring World War II
5. Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon I Bonaparte, the Emperor of the French and the King of Italy, was born in Corsica on August 15, 1769. In 1784, Bonaparte was admitted to military school in Paris and was appointed to the second lieutenant of artillery after graduating at the age of 16. His reign began when he took part in coup to overthrow the French republic on November 9th, 1799. His empire was mainly autocratic and was heavily based on his naval prowess with which he captured much of Western and Central Europe. His downfall came after the Battle of Leipzig during his attempt to capture the Russian empire. He was exiled to the Elba island in 1813 after he abdicated the French throne. He attempted to return to his empire but was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. The British exiled Napoleon to the island of Saint Helena where he died May 5th in 1821.

4. Saddam Hussein

Born on August 28th, 1937, Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti is the deposed President of Iraq. The beginnings of his authoritarian government began with a coup of the Qassim government in 1963 and the Arif regime in 1968 by the Ba’ath Party. He was officially given the title of President of Iraq in 1979 after his cousin Ahmed al-Bakr stepped down. Since then, Hussein has maintained power through the Iran-Iraq War and the Gulf War as well as numerous ethnic and religious uprisings. On December 23rd, 2003, Hussein was captured by the US and is now on trial for crimes against humanity before the interim Iraqi government.

3. Kim Jong-il

Kim Jong-il, whose date of birth is debated, is the leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea. Soviet records state that Jong was born in Siberia in 1941, although his official biography says that he was born in North Korea on February 16th, 1942. He was given the highest ruling position after the death of his father, Kim Il-sung, in 1994. Out of respect and memory of his father, the position of president has been abolished, which makes his son’s official position the Head of State. Kim Jong still rules today with a wary attitude towards the US since President Bush has placed North Korea on the “Axis of Evil” alongside Iraq and Iran. He has however taken modest steps to improve relations with South Korea even though North Korea is still a communist nation with very secretive nature.

2. Fidel Castro

Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, born in Cuba on August 13, 1926, is one of the few remaining dictators. He rose to power after the fall of the US supported reign of Fulgencio Batista after the Battle of Yaguajay in December of 1958. Under his rule, Cuba has been a communist nation and remained close with the fallen Soviet Union. Before and after his acquisition of power, Castro fiercely opposed the United States and their relationship has been stressed by the Bay of Pigs invasion and Cuban Missile Crisis. Currently, Cuba is being ruled by the Vice President, Fidel’s brother Raul, while Fidel is recovering from intestinal surgery.

1. Adolf Hitler

Born on April 20, 1889, Adolf Hitler, went on to become the most (in)famous dictator of all time. After the disastor that was World War I, Hitler and his National Socialist German Workers Party (better known as the Nazi party) took control of the wreaked German state with help from his massivly popular life changing book, Mein Kampf. In 1933 he became Chancellor of Germany, and a year later, he upgraded himself to Führer, of the Third Reich (Germany). He went on to lead the Germany, and the world, into World War II. Under his reign, 11 million people died. The Holocaust claimed 6 millions of those lives, in the form of Jews, and other minority groups.

When the end was near, in April 1945, rather then be captured by Allied troops, Hitler comitted suicide with his newlywed wife Eva Barun.

*special thanks to Maria for help with the write ups (her’s are the ones with no spelling/grammar errors)

**sorry for missing last week’s greatest list, thats why this week’s one is soo much better!

41 responses to “the greatest… dictators

  1. -Fernando Rios

    I consider the Pope a dictator because of the history of the Pope. In the 1500s-1700s they had much power at their disposal, and shaped much of the world. Popes started wars (the Crusades), and ended them at the same time.
    The vast majority of Popes haven’t been evil dictators like the rest of the list, but, because of the power they hold over so much of the world, they essentially are, dictators.

  2. I was researching and stumbled upon your site. This list was enjoyable to read, and I agree with you partly, I especially agree with you about the Pope. –In my opinion, he belongs even higher on the list… However, you forgot the greatest known killer in history. Yes, in this country, Adolf Hitler is the most infamous. Yet, in terms of most people killed, ethnic cleansing, relocations, genocide, gulags (death camps) and all the other monstrocities we associate with WAR and prejucice, Joseph STALIN out does even Hitler in numbers (and maybe in brutality), much less the other members of the greatest seven dictators. Hitler killed 6 million Jews and approximately 1.2 million others. On the other hand, Stalin is said (by the more conservative counts) to be responsible for the deaths of 7 1/2 million people. Many have estimated 20 million, but these counts are believed to be somewhat inflated. I encourage you to read an article by professor William D. Rubinstein:
    http://www.socialaffairsunit.org.uk/blog/archives/001190.php.

    It’s very good. I will check back here to see your new lists.

  3. @Jessica
    That is true Stalin does have more murders under his belt then Hitler, or anyone else for that matter.
    But this list is not about the people with the most murders, or worst human leaders, its about the greatest dictators the world has seen.

    Stalin was a good leader, but I don’t know how well he could be classified as a dictator, and that’s the reason he’s not on the list.

  4. In my humble opinion, where can we find George BUSH?
    He is responsible for a lot of crimes against humanity, Iraq, torture (guantanamo ). If Saddam was on trial, he is not better, meaning that he should face trial for crimes against humanity.

  5. sorry, i cant let this go. napoleon was an artillerist and had little “naval prowess”. it was he who introduced the civil “nepoleonic code”, the laws that began equality and promotion through meritocrosy into 19th century europe. you do yourself a disservice by including such a person in a “dictator” list as kim jong, saddam,hitler. why castro? where is stalin?
    and why oh why the pope? how many has he killed today?
    go and learn your history alittle deeper

    1. Of course Castro!! He is the longest ruling dictator in History! And I agree with the creator of this thread. You shouldn’t mistake dictators with mass murderers although they often overlap. The reason why Castro is still alive is because he didn’t kill as many as other dictators. Instead he imprisoned or forced his enemies out.

  6. @Lieven, crimes against humanity does not constitute a dictator, and this will not be turned into a political debate.

    @mikej you don’t need to kill anyone to be classified as a dictator, and, last time I checked the Pope was the person who called for the Crusades, and you could argue that more then a few people died because of that.

  7. bonaparte, even though his stupidity cost him 2/3 of his army of 600,000 men, was a popular ruler with his people while in power.
    and i agree with what the other guy said about stalin. he did completely outdo Hitler. your list should be revised.

  8. Fuck you! Castro is not a dictator..I think many of our (American) presidents are worthy of being put in this funky blog..How abut George Bush: Terrorist #1!!!

  9. a ver a ver

    mmmm si son dictadores pero hay otros gobernantes que en mucho menor tiempo hacen estragos a la humanidad

    ejemplo

    george w bush… es un puto psicopata de mierda ha matado mas gente bajo la fuckin freedom flag y su “democracia”
    dime que guerras ha causado fidel castro????

    dime que paises ha invadido????

    ninguno verdad

    saludos

  10. adolf hitler was not a dictator
    this is because the time he was on power
    was to few to be considered a dictator.
    however, i do agree with the rest of the
    men except the pope john paul II, he was
    nice.

    1. How can you say Hitler wasn’t a dictaotor, he ordered the social alienation and murder of millions of his enemies, (Jews, Bolcivics and political rivals) and contributed towards the start of WW2 and severely damaged Germany. Not to mention terrorising the public into voting him into power.
      Learn your history!

  11. It is this strange thing, that people consider that someone is a dictator if he is evil, and that someone who is evil is dictator…

  12. Well… That’s just plain dumb. Where are Stalin and Pol Pot? Where is Franco? And Mao? Where is the Rockefeller family, uhm? The Tsars, the pharaons, the Plantagenets. Someone said Pinochet, I agree, but what about Somoza, Bokassa, or Baptista (who assassinated tens of thousands before the Cubans revolted and threw him out), Duvalier? Idi Amin? The Shah? I’ll stop here before I break my fingers on the keyboard. Sometimes… it’s almost no fun to see how ignorant ignorance can get.

    Man… You need to go to the library. Let’s have this conversation in three years, when you’ve read 600 more books.

  13. OMG, give me a break! I came here looking for information, only to find stupidity. The 1.1 billion people who recognize the Pope as their spiritual leader do so
    ____________________________________________

    >>>>>>********VOLUNTARILY***********<<<<<<<>>>>>*********OF THEIR OWN FREE WILL**********<<<<<<<<
    _______________________________________________________

    If they should choose to leave the Church, the Pope will not come to their house and execute them and their family!

    Please say you see the difference. Please?

    1. a smart one, for clearly i’ve written something that you would like to comment on, unfortunately you choose to post meaningless crap for your comment, instead of a real response, fortunately, that’s your problem, not mine.

  14. i don’t concur with this stupidity that the pope is a dictator.
    like the other guy said the popoe does not go into your house and go kill you because you don’t agree with him!!!!!

    1. and like I’ve said, killing people is not a requirement, or even anywhere in the definition of a dictator. The term describes a person who has sole absolute power, the Pope has that, stop bitching

  15. You are a NO GOOD JERK and you clearly need a life i’m just sayin i mean how old are you anyways the pic that shows up says you 5

  16. fidel castro is a dictator to you. Many cubans think so too, must addmit. But ur goverments through history enforced that idea, that’s because americans are in the opposite side of his ideas. No need to say what i’m saying.

    One last thing. What about the latin american dictators during the 70’s? You know who put them in charge back then? The U.S. Goverment.

    This post is too “north american”, sorry.

    1. it is a biased list based off of my opinions, I never said it was the end all be all of dictators in the world.

      I also never said anything about the Latin American dictators, or who put them there, or why. I have no intention of making this a political or ideological debate, (in fact, I’ll be surprised if you even reply to this comment seeing as this post is 4 years old, and you’re probably a random stumbler), but I will say this:
      I write what I care about, and honestly, I don’t care about the Latin American dictators or how they got there, doesn’t interest me in the slightest.

  17. Every human being fought for their freedom, but there is no a plan B for them to continue to live forever in that freedom. Or Mostly the imperialist power looked further to corrupt that freedom by means of their resources hold by freedom party and comprise the technology for the int’l guys.

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