Here’s precisely the problem with the cult of personality and idolatry which characterizes our current fetish with the ‘great leaders’ of history:
No person is so saintly that he/she deserves to be idolized
Who’s the latest victim to hoist himself on his own petard? Why it’s none other than that Tory saint himself, Winston Churchill – the man once voted the Greatest Briton of All Time.
In a previously unpublished essay found buried in Cambridge University’s archives, Winston Churchill wrote that the Jews were “partly responsible” for the holocaust and the other “antagonisms” visited upon them by the Nazis.
At another point in the essay, Churchill wrote that it was especially important for Jews themselves to contemplate anti-semitism, I presume, because under his logic they are partially responsible for the hatred visited upon them.
You can access the article disclosing this discovery here.
This just goes to show that humanity will not have rest from its ills so long as we continue to view history as the grand narrative of ‘great leaders’ with ‘good guys’ and ‘bad guys’. Not only does this view of history stymie critical thinking, but the ‘good guys’ are never as good as we imagine and it’s never as savoury to hate the ‘bad guys’ as we are promised.