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Nothing makes a person look better than embalming fluid and a clean suit or classy yet demure dressing gown. Once a person dies you’d think they were sainted superheroes who had devoted their lives to the betterment of all mankind and improving the quality of pizza, porno, and awesome muscle cars, at least based on some of the obituaries you’ll read out there. And while maybe one or two people fit that description, does everyone?

Mobutu Sese Seko was a brutal dictator in the Congo for years, who stole billions of dollars and let his people suffer. After he died, they built him a monument. Why? Because the dead are nearly always forgiven of their sins in the eyes of people who want to pretend monsters don’t exist. Look how popular Stalin is in Russia. I have it on good authority that, when he was alive, Stalin was an utter dick. Just a floppy dong of an asshole. But in death, he’s a tourist attraction. People put posters of him on the wall. You can find galleries on the internet showing how handsome he was as a young man, because a murderous thug is A-OK in a historical sense if he looked like an underwear model before his policies killed millions.

If you want a more divisive example (yes, I’m aware people still know that Stalin was a doucheass), look at Antonin Scalia. When he died, his obituaries exalted his long service and dedication to justice. Most also avoided his staunch opposition to Roe v. Wade, same-sex marriage, homosexuality in general, and how he once attributed the decay of society to women who swear. 

4 Reasons Society Takes It Easy On Horrible People

Between 1947 and 1989, the defining imperative of American “international leadership” was anti-communism. At times, anti-communism nurtured ideals of freedom, human dignity and peace. In the name of anti-communism, America protected fragile democracies in West Germany, Italy and Japan. In the name of anti-communism, the United States fed Europe’s starving post-masses via the Marshall Plan. In the name of anti-communism, the United States committed itself to Western Europe’s defense, thus keeping German nationalism in check and laying the groundwork for a postwar economic boom.

But anti-communism also justified America’s overthrow of elected governments in Iran, Guatemala and Chile. It justified Ronald Reagan’s decision to label Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress a terrorist organization and America’s longtime assistance to the kleptocratic Congolese dictator Mobutu Sese Seko. And far from keeping the peace, it led the United States to drop more bombs on Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War than it had during World War II.

—  Peter Beinart at The Atlantic. What John McCain Gets Wrong About Trump’s Nationalism
The last seventy-five years of American foreign policy are not the story of a country consistently pursuing democratic ideals, only to see them undermined now by a fearful “blood and soil” isolationism.
If you steal, do not steal too much at a time. You may be arrested. Steal cleverly, little by little.
—  Mobutu Sese Seko, a notorious kleptocrat, had spent decades stripping Zaire/DRC bare, looting the country to live a life of obscene luxury. In 1976 he decided to spearhead an anti-corruption drive in the government. His advice to top officials in 1991, however, was not to fight corruption, but how not to get caught being corrupt!

Something wonderful is happening in Burkina Faso these days. Apparently the people are saying NO to the murderer of Thomas Sankara. They are fed up with the traitor and want him to go away.
The spirit of Thomas Sankara will forever hunt Blaise Compaore. He took away one of the few good sons of the motherland. I think he should have the same fate as Mobutu Sese Seko.