Writer : Onajoko Deborah (AKA Derby County)
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Benito Mussolini, the prime minister of Italy (1922-1943) and founder of the Fascist system of government. Similar to Napoleon I, Mussolini also fought for the superiority of his country and total control over his territories. Mussolini just like Bonaparte was born into a seemingly politically active family with a father who in his case was a socialist.
Young Mussolini was said to have had violent traits during childhood, he was expelled from a religious boarding school once for stabbing a roommate on the hand. Unlike Napoleon I, Mussolini didn’t have his start in the army, rather he started as an editor of the then official Italian socialist news paper the “Avanti”. He was also an ardent supporter of the communist theory propounded by Karl max and a renowned socialist before creating and converting to fascism .
Having grown up a socialist youth, Mussolini was originally an atheist who believed Jesus and Mary Magdalene were in a relationship and that bible stories were believed only by “fools”, Mussolini’s atheist theory took him as far as writing an anti-clerical pulp novel and organizing rallies against the Catholic Church. Mussolini would however take a paradigm shift towards Christianity after taking power and make amends for his previous actions by placing a ban on homosexuality and free mansory, exempting the clergy men from taxes, placing penalties on abortions and placing harsh punishments concerning adultery despite having quite a number of mistresses himself.
Just as Napoleon’s first major military action was to seize a new colony for France, Mussolini’s first military action was the seizing and occupation of corfu in 1923. Mussolini described the fascist empire as that of “civilization and humanity”, ironically Italy invaded and annexed Albania three years later. Unlike Napoleon Bonaparte I, Mussolini did not prove to be a good warlord as Italy lacked adequate military equipment and war strategy. Although the Second World War began in 1935, Italy could not participate until June 1940 after which they suffered several push backs and defeats in which Germany had to come to their rescue.
On July 25, 1943, king victor Emmanuel informed Mussolini that his office of prime minister was to be taken away from him and handed to another, after which Mussolini held a “puppet government” in the German occupied side of northern Italy from 1943 to 1945. At the terminus of the World War II, Mussolini was captured trying to sneak over the Swiss border by disguising as a German, after which he was executed and became a dangling corpse on a Milan square. It is paramount to note that although Mussolini became the Italian prime minister in 1922, he didn’t become a fascist dictator until 1925 where he declared himself dictator of Italy .
Writer: Onajoko Deborah
- ” It is humiliating to remain with our hands folded while others write history” — Benito Mussolini .
- “Obstacles do not exist to be surrendered to, but only to be broken.” — Adolf Hitler.
- “It is not heroes that make history but history that makes heroes” — Joseph Stalin.
- “In times of difficulties, we must not loose sight of our achievement” — Mao Zedong.
- ” Everything is decided by a person’s thought, and if he is ideologically motivated there is nothing he cannot do” — Kim II Sung.