Dead lions

Mussolini dead

This image is from a famous photograph of the dead Mussolini after he was killed by Italian partisans and hung upside down in a gas station in Milan like a dead rabbit. He was hung next to other Italian fascists including his mistress, Clara Petacci.

An ignominious end compared to the power he had had while in power. In films from that period, we see him happy and strutting.

Hitler suicided in a bunker in Berlin. Saddam Hussein was pulled out of a spider hole, an underground bunker near Tikrit, Iraq. Mussolini was hung upside down in a gas station in Milan.

Does this mean that all dictators come to humiliating, pathetic ends?

No, but the examples of Hitler, Mussolini, and Saddam Hussein could give a moment of pause to anyone considering trying to live like a lion by grabbing control of his government.

Anyway, I’d rather be a human being than a lion or a sheep.

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Mostly Trump: 76 Political Cartoons from 2016 Copyright © 2016 by Thomas R. Hersh, Ph.D., P.C. All Rights Reserved.

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