Well, someone had to create the standard of maximum historical negativity in the modern era.
For many modern people, the Nazis fit that. The other two comes close.
There is nothing wrong with that in my eyes. Germany and Japan have done a lot for reeducation of their people and they should be praised for that. No
doubt their self-chastisement which lasted for decades added to the image of Nazism.
There is something like an added layer which I can speak as someone in spiritualism and occultism - and these are more personal observations - namely
that anything or anybody have to do with the active Nazi movement has a special dark weight on it. As open Nazi sympathizers are in power in my native
country now, this can be felt sometimes.
Again, the question of annihilation - well, the Soviets did it sporadically, and only through a longer period of time. They also annihilated entire
little nations. Nazis did it with horrible speed and efficiency, and for a reason incomprehensible for a normal person. Some of the cultural
revolution's excesses are also plain mad like melting iron in schoolyards. But the Nazi idea that Jews were not real people - they were, according to
the ideology, non-human fake beings created by the enemies of mankind to hold back their evolution - is clearly paranoid, if a person would profess
it, it would be judged psychotic. If such a person couples that with violence, we are talking about raving madness married to violent action and a
hysterical mindfit which Hitler clearly possessed. That is partly why Nazism deserved the pedestal of historical evil.
One last point is that surviving Jews are by and large an intellignet type of people and they did a fairly good job of documenting. Israel and modern
Germany co-operated sometimes in redressing historical wrongs.
Also, of the two similar empires, Hitler's and Stalin's in the 40's there were many historical and spiritual reasons why it could be said that a
compromise with the Soviets was still the lesser of the two evils.
As far as inhumanity and numbers of people killed or kept in fear, you are right, Mao is probably No. 1, and Stalin outdid Hitler. The recent
award-winning film "The Soviet Story" by a Luthuanian filmmaker points out eery similarites between the Soviet and the German nationalist leader. They
copied each other's methods and they were actually good pals until they desided to cheat each other.
Imagine a world where they did NOT overturn the Molotov-Ribbentropp pact - and the Allies never won. All of Asia is ruled by fascist imperial
Stalin was an idealist and a paranoid power maniac, yet he was more grounded. He was more realistic. Usually he wanted long-term rule and exploitation
and his own praise while no doubt he started the country through a bloody modernization. Clearly he thought there was something good in what he was
doing - even if it required bloody sacrifices.
Anyway, efforts should be made to elevate these three to an almost identical status. Those oppressed by Stalin were more heterogeneous - all former
intelligentsia, kulaks, Ukranians, Jews (they were transported to a camp style "homeland" called Birobidjan - near the border of Mongolia, all
shamanic and smaller peoples, and sometimes only suspicious people as well as their relatives.
The choice is superempires anyway. Romanians recall Ceaucescu's dictatorship worse than Stalin's but they are a much smaller country. Pol Pot was no
idle loafer either.
As far as my knowledge goes, the Nazis were also big with inhuman tortures and gestures too extreme in any society - like borrowing a baby on a street
from a Jewish woman then smashing its head in front of the mother's eyes.
The hopelessness and depression, alcoholism and nepotism gripping all soviet lands were another specialty...
You in essence you are right - I am wriiting too long already, but I agree these three should be the epitomy of evil empires in recent history.
I'd add that in older times, the Assyrian empire was not very nice either, with tens of thousands impaled and left to rot - which correspeonded to
millions today. The Aztecs were no picnic either...
edit on 2/8/2011 by Kokatsi because: typo correction