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
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!