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Gaddafi will take his place among some of the worst 'killlers' in history. This cartoon was republished by Radio Netherlands Worldwide.

03 Mar 2011

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Comments

Imortalone:

I reckon it could be Mr Magoo - shortsighted and a bit dim!

08 Jul 2011

Is that Andy Warhol ?!

08 Jul 2011

Wasn't Stalin the biggest murderer in history?

24 Mar 2011

the racist democratic west including israel is the biggest murderer in history

24 Mar 2011

...and also Gaddafi is still alive. Dead or alive they are part of the same gang :-)

24 Mar 2011

Castro isn't quite dead yet.

23 Mar 2011

great... great.... great cartoon...

19 Mar 2011

@yusefghanima:
Absolutely yusefghanima, why not American presidents (several of whom oversaw serious attempts to wipe out the North American aboriginals), and why not Churchill and other British prime ministers, and why not Che Guevara? You will see that I included several Western leaders in my (rather long) comments below, and also many more that Jan-Erik could have validly included, but, as he says, it’s a cartoon not a wall painting!
When I compiled the list I did take Jan-Erik’s description “killers” literally and tried not to judge whether or not the killing was justified or appropriate (although I did exclude national leaders in time of generally acknowledged wars – except, of course, where they used the war as an excuse to kill off their political and/or business opponents). Even then we are only considering the leaders here, but there had to be many more people who pulled the trigger and planted the bomb because they thought the killing was justified. As Alexander says, tyranny of any kind is bad, but it can be debated for years as to whether and how much it is justifiable, and sometimes it really is a necessary evil.
But many books have been written on the subject of justification (or otherwise) of mass killing, and often without any satisfactory conclusions. The main point for me is that Jan-Erik has published a cartoon that makes me think, and it also makes me think about what I think and why. It certainly appears to have stimulated others to do the same, given the 25 comments (so far); and the comments themselves do likewise. That’s has got to be a “good thing” and indicates a resounding success in my book.
Finally, I have to contradict yourself, yusefghanima, and Jan-Erik. I suggest there is NO truth, only the pictures inside our own heads.

08 Mar 2011

There is only one truth, but non of us own it

06 Mar 2011

"There is more than one truth" :-)

06 Mar 2011

Western nonsense, where are the American presidents, Churchill, and other British prime ministers! Why are the leaders of the resistance against western imperialism there, because the western media and historians said bad things about them! If Castro there why not Che!

06 Mar 2011

What a large collection of the worst people in the world. I agree with you regarding Castro. He killed many of his own people who spoke out against him. Tyranny of any kind is bad, no matter the reason.

03 Mar 2011

Congratulations Jan-Erik!

03 Mar 2011

so good and it's the truth

03 Mar 2011

Wauw, it's a great cartoon, very eye opening and sharp! very good!

03 Mar 2011

A wall painting - now that's a great idea. The Sistine Chapel must need redecorating by now!

01 Mar 2011

Yes it´s a long list...and as a cartoonist I would end up with a wallpainting..

01 Mar 2011

Regarding Castro.
Dictator since 1959, murdered and tortured many cubans.
If you google you will find that some people claim he killed up to 30.000.
I think he fits in even if he in the beginning had good intentions.

01 Mar 2011

Maybe not actually the worst, but certainly some of the most infamous of late; but so few of so many … and not a little biased towards the “victors”, eh?
Any glaring omissions? Off the top of my head I’d include (modified in light of your response below): Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il, Robert Mugabe, Ratko Mladic, Than Shwe.
I’m not including military casualties in warfare (legitimate or not), only intentional civilian and non-combatant deaths. One might justify including any of: JFK, LBJ, Nixon, Kissinger, two Bushes, Blair, McMillan, Putin. The following would qualify (though they may not be recognisable enough for a cartoon): Jonas Savimbi, Mullah Omar, Yahya Khan, Mobutu Sese Seko, Charles Taylor, Paul Koroma, Al Zarqawi, Foday Sankoh, Michel Micombero, Hassan Turabi, Jean-Bedel Bokassa, Kabuga, Ismail Enver, Menghistu, Yakubu Gowon, Jean Kambanda, Halie Selassie, Mohammad Reza Pahlevi, Batista, Rafael Trujillo, Hissene Habre, Hafez Al-Assad, Antonio de Oliveira Salazar, Chiang Kai-shek, Guy Mollet, Suharto, Tito, Bomber Harris (or should that be Churchill?).
Also many if not most Caribbean and Central and South American despots & dictators (many of these sponsored by Washington) - Efrain Rios Montt, Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier, Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, Maximiliano Hernandez Martinez, Anastasio Somoza, Jorge Videla, Mario Sandoval Alarcon, Suazo Cordova, Hernando Martinez, Alfredo Cristiani, Hugo Banzer, Alfredo Stroessner. And various invaders - Cortez, Napoleon, Atilla the Hun, Emperor Hirohito, Hideki Tojo, Fumimaro Konoe. For that matter why not include Queen Victoria and Elizabeth I of England, and Leopold II of Belgium; the forces they sent out weren’t just there to hand out sweeties!
Historically one might also consider Robespierre, Vlad the Impaler, Ivan the Terrible, Tallat Pasha, most Roman Emperors, Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Caligula, the Borgias, Tomas de Torquemada, several Popes and a significant number of priests and Mullahs, …
I’m sure I’ve missed a lot. I haven’t considered Central and Eastern Europe (apart from Russia), the Caucusus, the Baltic countries … and where else? In fact, are there any fair, honest and benign ones at all?

01 Mar 2011

Thanks for your prompt response. Sorry to spell your name wrong below, Jan-Erik. That last comment should have read “…it was not so much intentional, but more as a result of ego and incompetence”.

01 Mar 2011

Incidentally, with respect to Castro, I’m sure it is true that his policies led to impoverishment and avoidable early death of a lot of his people, but I reckon it was not so much intentional as a result of ego and incompetence. I think it was to his credit that he was determined not to become just another Washington-controlled puppet; and heaven knows there have been plenty of those that really were (and are) vicious brutal greedy despots.

01 Mar 2011

Almost
It´s not supposed to be Than Shwe even if he could join the team.
Right answer is – Augusto Pinochet

01 Mar 2011

Brilliant and another vote, Jan-Eric.
I’ve put a name to everyone as best I can: Gaddafi, Hitler, Franco, Mussolini, Pol Pot, Mao Tse Tung, Idi Amin, Fidel Castro, Ceausescu (?), Than Shwe, Milosevic, Stalin, Saddam Hussein, Ayatollah Khomeini, Karadzic, Osama Bin Laden. Was I right?

01 Mar 2011

Good!

28 Feb 2011

Thanks all.
I got two mails about adding Castro to the team..
I thought it was a good idea. But, there are many on the list.

28 Feb 2011

Excellent, powerful and great artwork.

27 Feb 2011

very good....

27 Feb 2011

Another excellent Gaddafi cartoon!

27 Feb 2011

Very good... Realy !!!

27 Feb 2011

great

27 Feb 2011

great

27 Feb 2011

great

27 Feb 2011

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