Has there ever been a dictator who changed his country for the better more than this guy?
He's definitely the most successful that's lived in our lifetime at least.
Given the state China was left after Mao, Deng's work is a goddamn miracle.
Hitler absolutely THRASHED germany though. He left it in utter ruins, all the men were dead, the women were getting raped. He could have prevented it too, by slowing down the soviet and capitulating to the americans/british.
Rome would have crumbled like Alexander's empire if it weren't for Octavian
>found Taiwan a lice infested former Japanese colony
>left it a leading world economy with diplomatic ties strong enough to resist mainland China
>have non-aggression pact with Russia
>invade Russia anyway, which hasn't been successful since the Mongols, because muh Judeo-Bolshevism
>while Britain is still unconquered
>keep the war going on your terms despite the advice of your experienced generals
At least he built highways
Takes over after arguably Africa's worst modern genocide, first as the man behind the man then as president, keeps the peace and strengthens its economy to a standard surpassing its neighbours despite massive ethnic divisions and reduces child mortality and malarial rates
If any Maoist would've been left in charge China would still be a shithole. Developing a legacy of pragmatism was probably the best thing that has happened to China's leadership practices in a century or two.
Wow I'd never seen Gaddafi young before, he was a handsome fuck
Ultimately then Franco failed, or if the dictatorship perpetuated, it still would have failed because support for it had declined a lot by the late 1970s. Had Spain not been taken over by a coup d'etat the socialists at least could have proven earlier that they were bad at governing, as you say. That would have allowed for a right wing coalition to take over peacefully. But instead Franco had to overthrow the regime, wreck the economy and cause untold suffering all to see spain revert once again into the socialist (center left-wing mind you) mode that continues to have resonance with the lower and middle classes. He basically failed to halt the inevitable