Adolf Hitler

Hitler was the lever that allowed the US, after his death, to gain access to the wealth of almost any country in the world. The US became every country\'s big brother, protecting them from big bullies (even if the big bullies happened to be their legally elected leaders, as Hitler was).

Of course, there was a price for the US--pay off the Big Jews. Give them a country, give them money, give them weapons, give them unconditional support. Pay the protection--we saw what happened to Hitler when he didn\'t!

So, Adolf Hitler--tragic hero, or thug? Everyone who reads this forum knows I\'ll plump for the first. In fact, I doubt that anyone in the 20th century, or perhaps much longer, fits so perfectly the pattern of a hero of Greek Tragedy.

Well, whaddaya know? I just looked up "Greek tragedy" +hero, in google, after I had written the above, and here\'s the first thing I got:

The Tragic Hero
A man who has achieved, or who has the ability to achieve, greatness but who through a weakness, or tragic flaw in his character, falls into the depths of misery and often to his death. - Audiences seeing this happen are supposed to feel a purifying of the spirit as they feel pity for the character because of the terrible woes he has suffered, and fear because of their increased awareness of forces in the world powerful enough to topple even the most mighty and most admirable of men.

Caught up in events of great magnitude, spectators are imaginatively liberated from all that is dull, petty and mean in life around them-they are stirred by the spectacle of human greatness, of man daring to reach out beyond reasonable limits in quest of some glorious ideal. Even when he fails, as fail he must, there is still, for the audience, the satisfaction of having viewed nobility in action.

The original sin of the Greek tragic hero is hubris, believing that one is god-like. Nobody can be tempted into hubris except one who is exceptionally fortunate. Sometimes he can manifest his hubris directly, but this does not change his character in any way, only he is punished for it by being made by the gods to sin unwittingly or involuntarily.

In Greek tragedy suffering is a visitation from heaven, a punishment imposed upon the hero from without. Through enduring it he expiates his sins and ends reconciled to the law, though it is for the gods not him to decide when his expiation is complete.