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IN History & Culture ON 18 Dec, 2014
"We stopped checking for monsters underneath our beds when we realized they were inside us."
History may show a myriad of instances that display courage and valour, but very few can be called for as acts of kindness. Hard to believe that the human race was nothing but barbaric at one point, this is a collection of those leaders that proved that we indeed aren't at the peak of evolution on these very accounts.
This man was responsible for over 20 million deaths during his rule. He worked on the principle of eliminating anyone who opposed him. He encouraged people to spy on one another, expanded the secret police and orchestrated the great Purge - political repression to 'rid' the communist party, military or just about anything he considered a threat.
In about eight years under his rule, Uganda lost half a million lives. His weapons were - genocide and extrajudicial killings. He seized power in a military coup and was often referred to as "Butcher of Uganda".
An ardent disciple of Karl Marx, his beliefs on communism were firm ; he believed the rich abused the poor and that those making a profit were abusing everyone else. In his eyes, equality was what was required. He strategically and systematically eliminated any opposition, about millions of people including those from his own political party.
He was the second king of Belgium. Founder of the Congo Free State, as authorized by the colonial Nations of Europe in the Berlin Conference, he paid little attention to improving the lives of the natives and thoroughly exploited it for Ivory and Rubber through forced labor. This came at a heavy price - an average of 10 million natives.
Genghis Khan was responsible for conquering 11-12 million square miles. Although very little has been extracted from his life, estimated death during his reign are 40 million. This comes out of a Census of China which showed a plummet in the population during the Middle Ages.
In order to mobilize Germany for war, Hitler imposed some Nazi regimes - racial "Hygiene" was what he believed to maintain and thus started out by banning the marriage of Jewish and Non Jewish Germans. Soon enough, he was responsible for the deaths of 11 to 14 million people including 6 million Jews in what is known as "Holocaust"
Known as the "Dracula" he gave the world ruthless a whole new meaning. He avenged his father's death by killing hundreds with excruciating pain - inserting blunt stakes through their abdomens. In attempt to "Clean up" a city, he burnt the sick and poor alive.
For someone who was in power for only four years, it comes as a dire shock to see that more than 1 million people died as a result of starvation, murder or forced labor. One detention center which had an estimated of 20,000 prisoners had only 7 survivors, such was the brutality he thrust upon his people. He buried the bodies in mass fields that came to be known as "Killing Fields"
He came into power in Chile through a Military coup. He's known to have been suspended from a Human's rights trial in the early 2000s on accounts of being mentally unfit for it. Although later in 2004 his immunity from prosecution was scrapped, but he died before he could stand for his own trial. In the first three years alone of his regime, 100,000 people were imprisoned.
His opponents faced torture and execution. Saddam, initially the deputy of Al Bakr, forced the latter to resign after he decided to unite Iraq and Syria, a move that would have left him effectively powerless. After he came into power, he declared 68 members of Ba'ath party as traitors and sentenced 22 of them to death. This was the beginning of his dictatorship. Although he brought up the oil industry, improved the health care, raised social services and education, he was a ruthless leader and slowly eliminated all his political foes.
His ideals, popularly known as Marxism-Leninism-Maoism led him to be an efficient leader and as some may call him, a visionary. Although historians believe that he was a cruel dictator who abused his people and was responsible for the deaths of over 40 million people through starvation, forced labor and executions.
Known as the "Countess dracula" She was one of the most horrifying serial killers the world has seen. She used to torture and kill women, sometimes drink their blood.
He came into power by electoral - and is known to have taken the lives of 20,000 civilians in the name of treason. During his time in the office in Zimbabwe, over 1 million lost their homes and livelihood.
Due to his acts of attacking other Asian countries, he was directly responsible for the deaths of over 5 million individuals.
The most prominent words in his dictionary seemed to be violence and aggression. He took the lives of his own people, over 1.6 million.