fusillade762: So Berlusconi's promising to make the trains run on time?
Gyrfalcon: ciberido: Gyrfalcon: JackCanuck: Mussolini was not a monster, and in fact was a pretty decent leader. He increased agricultural output, reduced malaria, improved the Italian economy, reduced the influence of the mafia, and restored Italian national pride. Furthermore, he guaranteed Austrian independence until it was clear that he would have no support from Britain or France, and was one of the few European leaders to actively stand against Hitler.You must be Italian. Mussolini was an idiot, and a very weak leader. He allied with Hitler very early on--after his support of the Fascists in Spain made him a viable leader in Hitler's eyes--to gain the support he needed in the Italian Parliament. He was only not bad compared to Hitler; kind of like having salmonella is not bad compared to cholera. He made no secret of his dreams of Mediterranean conquest and desire to expand his empire southward. He went after Ethiopia only because if he'd gone to Egypt first he'd have had to fight Britain before he was ready. (Since Egypt was under the British Protectorate at the time)No, he wasn't a virulent anti-Semite or race purist like Hitler, but Mussolini wasn't some kind of good guy who just got mesmerized by Hitler, either. He was a brutal dictator and just because he made the trains run on time shouldn't obscure that fact. A Fascist Italy alone might not have triggered WWII, but it might have led to a Fascist Mediterranean Axis, which wouldn't have been much better.That's a myth, actually. He didn't do a damn thing for the trains.Is there some kind of quirk that makes people have this need to correct every comedic tic and humorous comment in their writings? I mean, you read my whole post and that was the ONE THING you took out of it--that I made an inaccurate comment about Mussolini that referred to an unsourced (and probably apocryphal) quote about the trains? And you needed to come back here and fix that? Who the hell cares? (I mean, besides you, because you took tim ...
Lionel Mandrake: Bukharin: if it wasnt for WW2 and the alliance with Germany, he would be a regular old dictator swept into the dustbin of history and not have his name next to Hitler and Stalin in the same sentence of all the history books.And if my aunt had balls...
BumpInTheNight: You know who else thought he wasn't so bad?
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