The evil that men do lives after them, the good is often interred with their bones
So let it be with Caesar?
Is it true that we do not posthumously celebrate philanthropy as much as we denounce/celebrate evil? Hitler versus Mother Teresa? Can you name a late philanthropist for every Jack the ripper, Osama Bin Laden, Saddam Husein, Gadaffi, Guy Fawkes and so on? Do we know of any good that any of these men did? They must have done some good, they were human.
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I can't find anything good that Hitler did or could have done
The authors presented a complete medical history of the man who unleashed World War II and the Holocaust in the name of racist delusional ideas about the superiority of the Aryans, wrote La Repubblica."- [[http://socyberty.com/history/hitler-was-a-drug-addict-and-suffered-from-many-diseases/#ixzz1e45oS2qR"]]
The man was pretty popular among the Nazis and the Aryan Germans, he couldn't have been all bad?
[[http://www.google.com.pk/search?gcx=c&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=hitler+philanthropy]] Not a good word about him.
Proponents of Hitler and whatever good he may have done(I'll never know) do exist, so it is not forgotten.
All the more disturbing is how acceptable calling people 'Yids' is in football and in life. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/88_(number)]]
Saddam Hussein a Misunderstood Philanthropist?
"I read an article many years ago about this village in Sri Lanka, who named their village after Saddam Hussein. The villagers hung pictures in their living rooms, and named there kids after him. My mind was blown away while reading this article. "-[[http://goo.gl/GRxL4]]
"According to this article, Saddam Hussein donated nearly a half-million dollars to a Detroit Catholic church in 1980 and was awarded with the key to the city. I wonder if they've changed the locks"-
"In this video, John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, reveals that Saddam Hussein had been sent by the CIA to assassinate Qassim because they didn't like very much that Qassim, like Hugo Chavez today, promised the Oil Revenue would have to be returned to the Irakian People."- [[http://goo.gl/6p0M7]]
An Australian government document on Kurd terror.- [[http://goo.gl/WKvqG]]
The point on the right lands in favor of the left, the good that Saddam did is interred with his bones and his sins live on.
OBL, the philanthropist?
"First of all, Osama bin-Laden had plenty of cash – inheriting a pile from his father’s construction business and growing it through shrewd investments, according to the BBC obituary.
Second, in common with politically-focused philanthropists from George Soros to David Koch, he was a rich man using his fortune to try to bring about his personal vision of a better world. (A vision, lest we forget, that briefly overlapped to a degree with the West’s when he was fighting to eject Soviet forces from Afghanistan in the 1980s.) Bin-Laden’s approach was described as “revolutionary philanthropy” in 2003 by Bruce Hoffman of the RAND Corporation in a fascinating article in The Atlantic , “The Leadership Secrets of Osama bin-Laden”. This included supporting conventional acts of charity, such as providing humanitarian assistance after last year’s floods in Pakistan. And, according to Hoffman, it also included “arms, material, and other assistance in order to further the cause of global jihad.”
Third, as Hoffman pointed out, this “revolutionary philanthropy” was very much results oriented: “Such philanthropy is designed not only to harness the energy of geographically scattered, disparate movements but also to ensure that al Qaeda operatives can, in turn, call on these local groups for logistical services and manpower.”
Even the terroristic killing of thousands of innocent civilians was justified on a “what works” basis, according to Hoffman: because, he believed, “the United States cannot bear the pain or the losses inflicted by terrorist attacks”, “In bin-Laden’s view, terrorism against the United States – and allied Western countries – therefore works.” We can only hope that the killing of bin-Laden will be taken as evidence that, in fact, terrorism does not work."
"Private armies, provided by companies such as Blackwater (now Xe Services), are increasingly used by governments and multilateral agencies; should the likes of Bill Gates make use of their services, too, on behalf of the poor?
These questions have taken us a long way from that merciless killer of civilians, bin-Laden, who in the end did the opposite of the true meaning of philanthropy, which is the love of humanity. Yet it troubles us that we cannot dismiss them all out of hand, though we think they are at best premature as a justification for action. One part of our vision of the world is that it should be governed by states that enjoy a monopoly of violence, and use that monopoly sparingly."- [[http://www.philanthrocapitalism.net/2011/05/osama-bin-laden-philanthropist/]]
A word from the economic hitman. [[http://goo.gl/DAVmC]]
Either way, once demonized by superpowers, his actions and the mass media, his death leaves him remembered as Evil and whatever good he may have had in him is forgotten or taboo.
What do you think?