Beside Leopold, Nero, Caligula, Attilo, Torquemada, Genghis Khan and
such killers of men are mere amateurs.
In fourteen years Leopold has deliberately destroyed more lives than have suffered
death on all the battlefields of this planet for the past thousand years. In
this vast statement I am well within the mark, several millions of lives with
the mark. It is curious that the most advanced and most enlightened century
of all the centuries the sun has looked upon should have the ghastly distinction
of having produced this moldy and peity-mouthing hypocrite, this bloody monster
whose mate is not findable in human history anywhere, and whose personality
will surely shame hell itself when he arrives there--which will be soon, let
us hope and trust.
- Mark Twain in Eruption
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