- May 2009
While I agree with most of your post, I don't agree with the last point about totalitarian leaders. I don't think totalitarianism is necessarily "evil" any more than democracy or communism. In terms of individuals, I would rate Stalin, an Allied leader, as more cruel than any of those you listed with the exception of Hitler. Also, while Hirohito was an emperor, his government had a lot of authority that wasn't directly controlled by him. He could overrule or ratify things if he chose, but I wouldn't really consider him totalitarian. Finally, Franco was not a ruler of any country involved in World War II.I can't help but think of The Holocaust, and The Rape of Nanking.
Both countries committed horrible deeds in both. It is well known that japanese soldiers bayonetted infants in Nanking, to "set an example" to the Chinese. The Holocaust is well documented so I wont go into detail. But did any of the Allied governments do such horrible things? No, we stopped it as best we could. We also weren't the antagonists in the war. None of the allied goveernments were guided by totalitarian rulers (Hitler, Hirothito, Mussolini, and Franco for example).
In the Persia V Greece part....
David V Goliath scenario, I think we we all like rooting for the little guy.