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Created by John Eipper on 12/11/16 9:39 AM

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Castro and Franco, Again (Massoud Malek, USA, 12/11/16 9:39 am)

On December 10th, José Ignacio Soler wrote:

"According to [the logic of numbers murdered], it is going to be hard to decide who is more evil--Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot or any other bloodthirsty dictator. The truth is that it does not matter how many people died because of them... It does not matter if one or two, hundreds or thousands of people died. They are responsible for the same crimes and they are all criminal of the same kind."

When I joined WAIS, I never expected to read posts like the one our editor posted about putting Castro on the same page as Hitler. The truth is that six million Jews perished because of a man called Hitler.

Up to 400,000 (or more) people in Spain were killed, raped, and tortured because of Franco. The mass killings of the Republican loyalists, liberals, Socialists, Trotskyists, Communists, Anarchists, Protestants, Freemasons, freethinkers, intellectuals, and people branded as Catalan and Basque separatists started in 1936 and continued until 1945.

From 1936 until his death in 1975, Francisco Franco tolerated only Catholicism. He banned the Catalan and Basque languages outside the home, forbade Catalan and Basque names for newborn babies, barred labor unions, and created a vast secret police network to spy on citizens. In mid-1940s, Franco himself admitted that he had 26,000 political prisoners under lock and key. He sympathized with Hitler and sent nearly 50,000 volunteers to fight alongside the Germans on the Soviet front.


When I visited the Killing Field in Cambodia, I had to walk over bones and teeth of victims of Pol Pot.

By some estimates, Stalin was responsible for the deaths of 20 million people during his brutal rule.

Under Castro's Cuba, no Jews were gassed, and Cubans experienced neither White Terror nor Red Terror. Nowhere in Cuba do you walk over human bones and teeth. Unlike China's famine under Mao, Cubans didn't starved to death under Castro. With a population of eleven million, it was impossible for Castro to kill 20 million Cubans.

I would like to make it clear to defenders of Hitler, Franco, Pinochet, Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot, that according to my logic, the numbers matter.

Finally, should WAIS 2017 move to neighboring Haiti in order to please some WAISers?

JE comments: Grim math, and a grim topic, but José Ignacio Soler was not "comparing" Castro to Hitler--to Franco, yes.

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