Several months ago, before I had adequately researched the subject, I had believed Benito Mussolini to have been nothing more than Adolf Hitler’s crony…inept, bumbling, and so forth.
Now I realize how wrong I was.
It was in fact Hitler that was an inept, bumbling fool.
In fact, it was his own arrogance, pride and general lack of sense that made Germany lose WWII. A series of spectacularly bad decisions (not speaking on moral grounds, that is obvious…speaking on military terms) gave the British (and subsequently Russia and the United States) a long enough reprieve to recover from the initial Blitzkrieg and defeat Nazi Germany.
Hitler’s own (failed) “Beer Hall Putsch” was in fact a copy of Mussolini’s (successful) “March On Rome”.
Am I saying I “Like” who Mussolini was? No.
But I think of it this way…
If you sat down with both Hitler and Mussolini to discuss the practical implications and applications of their philosophies (Fascism and Hitler’s version, dubbed “Nazism”), you would receive from Mussolini an intelligent argument expounding on the benefits of conflict and war in terms of strengthening the mind, body, and spirit. I wouldn’t for a second AGREE with it…but that’s what I would receive. From Hitler I would receive recycled cliches and blatantly stupid racism/hatred from someone picked on as a child. And then, after confusing him, he would shoot me and declare himself the winner.
Something to think about.
-Puppy >.< Grrr…