Today we’re going to take a look at some of
the most evil leaders in history, from the modern age all the way back to ancient Rome. From idealists trying to build their own vision
of a utopia at any costs, to the greedy only interested in furthering their own fortunes
and egos, to the outright insane, here are some of the most evil people to have ever
ruled. Before we start, let’s again point out,
that this video is called SOME of the most evil leaders in history. We’re not going to mention some of the more
obvious candidates – like Hitler, Stalin, or Mao Zedong – but rather focus on some of
the less obvious tyrants. Now, let’s start our tour of evil with a
household name from our own recent past- Saddam Hussein. The former President of Iraq held the country
in his iron grip for nearly a quarter of a century, and during that time exercised absolute
power without checks. Known for executing or exiling political opponents,
Saddam fittingly got his start by staging a palace coup that removed then-President
Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr from power. In what became known as the Ba’ath Party Purge
of 1979, Saddam ordered an emergency meeting of the party’s top council, and then after
breaking a senior member with days of physical torture and threats of violence against his
family, had that senior party official confess to a plot by the Syrian government and traitors
within the party to overthrow the government. The official was then forced to point out
other ‘conspirators’ who were summarily tried for treason and executed. Saddam would go on to rule Iraq and exercise
torture, extortion and exile to control his government, ordering the murders of rivals
and even going so far as to order the rape of their spouses and children. Not even his own family was spared his sadism
though; in 1995 two of his daughters fled the country with their husbands. He lured them back home with promises of forgiveness. Both of his sons-in-law were immediately arrested
upon their return and tortured before being executed. Perhaps Saddam’s most heinous and well-known
act of evil however was the 1982 massacre of 148 Iraqi Shiites. On a tour of his country, Saddam and his motorcade
stopped in Dujail, just north of Baghdad. While leaving, a group of gunmen surrounded
his motorcade and opened fire, killing several bodyguards but sparing Saddam himself. After a four hour firefight, his security
forces managed to kill most of the attackers, apprehending a few. In the following days, an enraged Saddam ordered
the rounding up of 400 additional suspects and family members of suspects. After days of torture, 148 relatives of the
shooters and alleged suspects in the plot were executed for the attempt on his life,
with the rest exiled into Iraq’s deepest desert regions. Saddam would meet his end in 2006; after being
captured by American forces, an Iraqi tribunal sentenced him to hang for the 1982 massacre. Though Saddam no longer rules Iraq, the spectre
of his brutality still haunts the nation, and the relationship between Iraq’s Sunni
and Shiite Muslims remains strained to this day. From the modern deserts of Iraq to the heights
of the Italian Renaissance, our next evil ruler comes from a time before the separation
of church and state. Pope Alexander VI was a wealthy businessman
who in 1492 bribed his way into the papacy, becoming Pope and God’s direct link between
himself and the Catholic masses of Europe- or at least that’s what the job description
says. In reality Pope Alexander was far from a godly
man, and in fact publicly shirked from any religious duties or ceremonies, interested
only in two things: expanding his personal wealth and indulging his lecherous appetites. A thoroughly morally bankrupt man, Pope Alexander
VI engaged in an incestuous relationship with his beautiful daughter Lucrezia, and also
used her to ensnare wealthy merchants into marrying her after paying a hefty dowry. As the head of the church, Pope Alexander
would then annul the marriage, keeping the dowry and leaving Lucrezia free to marry the
next highest bidder. When that wasn’t enough to satisfy his greed,
he would also confiscate land and financial holdings from Europe’s rich and elite via
the proclamation of various religious decrees- mostly stating that the church- and by proxy
God- had great need of that wealth. The Vatican’s coffers would thus be enriched,
but not before Pope Alexander siphoned off a generous amount for himself. History shows that the only thing the Pope
loved more than money however was lechery. Known for propositioning the wives and daughters
of those around him, the Pope was also an infamous whoremonger, throwing lavish parties
with upwards of fifty prostitutes at a time. Pope Alexander VI greatly admired machismo
and virility, and during these decadent parties he would order servants to track the number
of orgasms achieved by each man in a sort of competition. Eventually the Pope’s greed and lechery would
grow to be too much for European nobles, and Pope Alexander VI would finally meet his end
in 1503. The Vatican would struggle to rebuild its
image after his reign and the damage he caused financially and morally to the church would
be lasting- but because most clouds have a silver lining, Pope Alexander VI’s abuses
would help shape public consciousness and eventually lead to our modern democratic systems
separating church and state. Our next evil ruler is another household name
and revolutionary icon- Fidel Castro. After seizing power from a corrupt President
Fulgencio Batista and establishing free education and healthcare for Cubans, Castro came to
be championed as a hero of the people and an icon that stood up against corrupt American-style
capitalism. However, a closer look reveals that Castro
was in fact far from the heroic figure some have painted him to be, and rarely if ever
held the interests of his people over his own desire to rule. Immediately upon assuming power in 1959, Castro
solidified his grip on Cuba by executing 582 supporters of the former President Batista. Others would flee Cuba in a mass exodus to
the US and South America, fearful of Castro’s revolutionary courts which almost inevitably
ended in sentences of execution. In order to squash public dissent, Castro
would then go on to abolish freedom of the press, replacing private press services with
propagandist state-run outlets. Along with the press, Castro would go on to
abolish the freedom of assembly and religion as well so as to better control his people. A world-renowned revolutionary, Castro was
himself ironically terrified of the possibility of a revolt against his own rule, and along
with the abolishment of various civil liberties he would also establish a secret police tasked
with conducting surveillance of the population and arresting and interrogating political
opponents and dissidents. Many would endure torture and prison sentences. Castro would go on to expand his list of “undesirables”
to include members of the lgbt community and the clergy, tasking his secret police with
the rounding up of homosexuals and priests who alongside his political enemies would
be interred into labor camps for their own “re-education”. Though figures have been difficult to verify,
Castro himself admitted in 1964 to holding 15,000 political prisoners. Though directly responsible for the deaths
of thousands in Cuba, Fidel Castro would also be indirectly responsible for the deaths of
thousands more as refugees would for decades try to reach Florida’s coast on makeshift
rafts and boats. Castro’s total death count may thus never
really be known, but one thing is for sure: the man celebrated as a “people’s revolutionary”
would in fact be responsible for the mass-murder and torture of the people he was supposed
to have saved. Upon his death from heart failure in 2016,
thousands of Cuban refugees and exiles flooded the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami in
celebration, with hope in their hearts for a reconciliation between America and Cuba
and the reconnection of thousands of broken families. Typically, evil never really believes it is
in fact evil- men fool themselves into thinking they are serving some ‘greater good’, or that
their Machiavellian agenda is worth sacrificing for. Ancient Rome’s Caligula though held no such
pretenses, going so far as to boldly proclaim about his people: “If they hate me, let
them hate me- so long as they fear me.” Easily one of the most infamous evil figures
in history, the truth may be a bit more tragic than originally thought with modern historians
theorizing that Caligula may have suffered from the onset of severe mental illnesses
including paranoid schizophrenia. As evidence, they point to the first two years
of his reign which were relatively quiet and prosperous, after which Caligula seemed to
slip into a depraved and cruel state. One of his earliest acts of cruelty was directed
at his own nephew. Annoyed by the youngster’s persistent cough,
Caligula beheaded his young nephew and declared the juvenile ‘cured’. Seemingly driven by an insatiable bloodlust,
Caligula reveled in such acts of violent cruelty, even going so far as to enjoy his dinners
while watching prisoners sentenced to death sawed in half in front of him. Violence was only one of his appetites however,
and today his name is synonymous with sexual hedonism for a reason. As Caesar, Caligula would often force other
men’s wives and daughters into bed with him, killing any who protested or refused him. He would also hold lavish orgies, going so
far as to force people into sex acts with animals for his amusement. Lending credence to the theory that Caligula
suffered from extreme mental illnesses, he was well known to dress as various roman gods
and force people to worship him, a practice he may have picked up on from the ancient
Egyptians. Entire temples were built for his worship,
and perhaps thinking himself as equal to the gods, he once declared war against Neptune
himself- ordering the Roman navy to form a line across a stretch of ocean while soldiers
hurled their spears into the sea. Evil takes many shapes, but it is never as
empowered as when it is allowed to reign unchecked over the masses. Yet as revolutions throughout history have
shown us, the real power always rests with the people. The Reverend Charles F. Aked once said: “For
evil men to accomplish their purpose it is only necessary that good men should do nothing.”,
and as many tyrants throughout history have discovered, the strength of no king or despot
can stand against the might of a people unified by their yearning for freedom and righteousness. Our history should serve to remind us of that
fact, and empower us. So, why do you think that even today we continue
to be plagued by evil rulers? Have we really progressed as a civilization,
or have we merely been lulled into a sense of complacency by our modern conveniences? Let us know your thoughts in the comments! Also, be sure to check out our other video
called Most Evil Kids In the world! Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
forget to like, share, and subscribe. See you next time!

(Some Of The) Most Evil Leaders In the History of Mankind
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100 thoughts on “(Some Of The) Most Evil Leaders In the History of Mankind

  • December 2, 2018 at 9:06 am
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    Do you think people in the past had more courage to rebel against tyranny? Do we still have it in us to do it nowadays?

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  • February 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm
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    Stalin? Why him in communism everyone is equal

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  • February 13, 2019 at 7:33 pm
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    Ay Stalin is scum not evil he was still bad

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  • February 15, 2019 at 7:52 am
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    Where is my son?

    Getting cured!

    Well…not a wrong statement

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  • February 17, 2019 at 9:35 pm
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    Pol pot?

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  • February 20, 2019 at 11:48 pm
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    How is Ivan The Terrible not on this list? He got that name for a reason……..

    List of things Ivan has done:

    1. Executed and exiled many prominent boyars on accusations of conspiracy.
    2. Beat his pregnant daughter-in-law for wearing immodest clothing, possibly leading to a miscarriage.
    3. (After number 2 occurred): He and his eldest son engaged in an argument and Ivan struck him in the head with a staff, killing him.
    4. He reportedly tortured small animals as a boy
    5. He blinded the architect who made St. Basil's Cathedral so the architect couldn't "ever make anything better"
    6. He orchestrated the Massacre of Novgorod because he THOUGHT the citizens were traitors. Sources cannot agree on the number of deaths, listing them as low as 2,500 and as high as 60,000.

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  • February 21, 2019 at 5:12 am
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    Justin Bieber

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  • February 22, 2019 at 3:16 pm
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    How about Maximilianmus?
    Leader of bots

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  • March 1, 2019 at 2:19 pm
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    Regarding Castro I'm so disappointed upon your arguments, which you have made them totally deceiving for the public. First, after every revolution there are always political purges (just recall the French one in 1789 or 1848), and the 15K you mention and approved by Castro in 1964 are exactly those. Second, all Cubans that did not want to live under Castro were allowed to migrate and this is a world fact: 5 waves of Cuban immigrants are recognized officially even by America on agreement with Cuban government. Third, every government in the world has it's own secret agencies, and Cuban one is the same like in the rest of ex-socialist countries. So to mention it like one of the most evil it's a huge hyperbole considering the Cuban population as a share if total one of the world. So to finish, it seems like the Inforgraphics staff was short in history apparently to identify from hundreds of other evil persons rather than just draw Castro who amongst the totalitarian regimes is considered to be one of the most soft ones in political sciences.

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  • March 1, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    but no ceausescu?

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  • March 1, 2019 at 10:09 pm
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    An american blaming the communist and middleeast leaders not surprised at all 😂

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  • March 4, 2019 at 10:51 pm
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    Castro did everything for dat milk

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  • March 4, 2019 at 10:52 pm
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    And my prime minister is Castro’s son

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  • March 6, 2019 at 9:50 pm
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    Stalin and Castro evil leaders? You are probably American..

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  • March 7, 2019 at 8:28 pm
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    Caligula was just a master troll who got mad with power

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  • March 12, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    Popes are monsters, Roman Catholic Church is Satan’s house. Flee from that church.

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  • March 14, 2019 at 5:01 pm
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    THANOS IS A EVIL LEADER…

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  • March 17, 2019 at 2:20 am
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    At least slobodan Milošević isnt on the list there are a lot of lies about him

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  • March 17, 2019 at 4:04 am
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    Caligula was a bad person. Dictatorship and monarchy shouldn’t exist.

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  • March 17, 2019 at 9:42 am
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    Never mention other continents and there tyrants alway biases and never mention the real issue SIN, blinded.

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  • March 18, 2019 at 1:33 am
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    For those of you video game buffs, Alexander the sixth was in assassin‘s creed 2

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  • March 19, 2019 at 6:48 pm
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    Which vid was the blind emporeor of Rome

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  • March 21, 2019 at 1:54 am
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    In 5:44 that's the Puerto Rican flag…

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  • March 21, 2019 at 4:23 am
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    Now why did the Flag of Puerto Rico come up after the Cuban one? They’re very similar, but not the same. Tsk tsk.

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  • March 24, 2019 at 3:12 am
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    3:56 are they flossing?

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  • March 24, 2019 at 10:26 am
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    Wrong flag 😂😂

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  • March 25, 2019 at 1:06 am
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    donald truump ?

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  • March 26, 2019 at 12:56 am
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    "Some of the more obvious candidates like Mao Zedong" If you think that Mao Zedong was one of the "most evil leaders in history", you're an idiot who was fed propaganda in history class.

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  • March 26, 2019 at 11:37 am
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    The ending lesson is kinda false… try telling the North Koreans that…

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  • March 27, 2019 at 4:56 pm
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    Caligula make his horse as consul

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  • March 27, 2019 at 10:25 pm
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    You used the Puerto Rican flag at 5:45

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  • March 28, 2019 at 2:00 am
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    Geez is pope Alexander trumps past life?

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  • March 28, 2019 at 2:23 am
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    what about Americans killing 20 million Indians for 400 years. ?

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  • March 28, 2019 at 8:46 am
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    I've noticed that you leave off American presidents

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  • March 28, 2019 at 4:50 pm
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    Hillary Clinton

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  • March 29, 2019 at 5:11 am
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    If winston churchill isnt on there youve done yourself a disservice

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  • March 29, 2019 at 5:38 am
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    3:54 I think their flossing

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  • March 29, 2019 at 10:04 am
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    The big flag use to represent Cuba is the Puerto Rico Flag. are similar not the same.

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  • March 30, 2019 at 10:53 am
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    Its believed that claims against Caligula were mostly made up since he was VERY unconventional for an emperor

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  • March 30, 2019 at 7:47 pm
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    Pure propaganda at some points,gud video though.

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  • April 1, 2019 at 1:07 am
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    You forgot about my math teacher.

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  • April 2, 2019 at 8:54 pm
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    Western made video hardly put those who truely belong. Saddam was given gas by Vice President Bush 1 and slain by illegal by Bush 2 – over a million dead.
    Barac brought slavery to Libya and war to Syria in both cases supported AQ.

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  • April 4, 2019 at 6:45 pm
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    What more can you expect from a usa Channel. 😂😂

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  • April 8, 2019 at 2:24 am
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    I guess you guys are big for diversity or whatever but why was it that on the Cuban refugees there was trendy hipsters and Muslims? The people we received or mestizo 18 to 30 year old guys with the Cuban government deemed as pests to their society.

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  • April 9, 2019 at 5:23 am
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    "the attempt for my life has left me scarred"

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  • April 10, 2019 at 4:01 am
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    I have seen castro and sadam but i didn't see bush's why do u think bush's did better then what others did nah

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  • April 11, 2019 at 2:16 am
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    Ah yes, I remember Greenland being larger then China and Australia combined!

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  • April 11, 2019 at 11:39 am
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    4:04 are they flossing?

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  • April 14, 2019 at 1:04 pm
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    what about Osama bin Laden

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  • April 14, 2019 at 4:36 pm
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    You forgot NARENDRA MODI

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  • April 16, 2019 at 5:03 am
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    Hello person at the bottom of the comments

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  • April 19, 2019 at 5:57 pm
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    Fidel Castro? Lol

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  • April 23, 2019 at 8:21 pm
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    You forgot Darth Vader

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  • April 25, 2019 at 1:47 am
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    Castro wasn't evil

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  • April 25, 2019 at 4:12 am
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    I'm not seeing Reagan here.

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  • April 27, 2019 at 2:10 am
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    What about Gaddafi?

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  • April 28, 2019 at 11:24 am
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    fidel castro resigned in 2008!

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  • May 2, 2019 at 3:46 pm
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    what ab out Nixon and Boch hàaaaa 🤨

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  • May 9, 2019 at 8:56 pm
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    Ah whatever they just didnt do socialism right

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  • May 10, 2019 at 10:40 pm
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    Credit if you name both Bushs, Obama, Reagan, Blair, David Cameron, MBS.

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  • May 12, 2019 at 1:42 am
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    Why isn't Trump in this list?

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  • May 12, 2019 at 8:08 pm
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    what about hilter?

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  • May 13, 2019 at 12:55 am
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    What about all the americans president from 1954 to 2017? Starting war all over the world, playing police and acting like mafia or thugs. If you ask any people from those country America have destroy, most of them will have John F kennedy, Bush, Clinton, Obama and so on and on, but compare to all those, Trump is the only one that have not starting any war and even try to make peace with country like NK.

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  • May 15, 2019 at 2:09 am
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    forgot about donald trump

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  • May 17, 2019 at 4:44 pm
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    u mentioned everyone in every country except USA…. the wholesaler of massacre…

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  • May 17, 2019 at 9:49 pm
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    Caligula was the biggest troll ever 😂🤣😂
    Lets fight Poseidon!
    Throwing spears like an idiot in the water intensifies

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  • May 19, 2019 at 8:50 pm
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    so we not going to add Reagan in this list??

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  • May 20, 2019 at 5:21 am
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    Don't forget Mohamed the most evil leader of all!

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  • May 21, 2019 at 3:23 pm
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    what about YoUtUbE : war crimes include
    -demonetizing loads of creators
    -Logan pual
    -Jake pual
    -AND WORST I GET REPLIES FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT REPLYING TO ME AFTER I REPLY TO A COMMENT

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  • May 22, 2019 at 3:31 pm
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    You missed to mention Lula the most false Brazilian president

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  • May 29, 2019 at 2:35 am
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    Mao is not evil

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  • May 29, 2019 at 9:47 am
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    Number one: Aku, Shapeshifting master of Darkness.
    Caligula was crazy and he even had a horse that was a government offical

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  • June 4, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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    Infographics show: we won’t talk about obvious candidates.
    Infographics show: number ten: Suddam Huisain

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  • June 5, 2019 at 12:45 am
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    Why no U.S leaders here despite Guantanamo, The middle east, South America, Slavery, etc?

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  • June 9, 2019 at 12:32 am
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    Remember that until 1990 Sadam was our guy seeing how he was against Iran.

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  • June 9, 2019 at 4:53 pm
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    Saddam Husein had taught us all a valuable lesson : Never trust a tyrant to forgive you, he is always lying, even if it's to his own family. If you're in a family of a Tyrant, just run. Unless you're their favourite child or grandkid, they're unlikely to spare you.

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  • June 9, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    Well, Caligula died being chased by the Leader of his pretorians, after he cucked him with his wife. Never anger your bodyguards.

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  • June 10, 2019 at 2:36 pm
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    (Some of the) Greatest enemies of the USA

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  • June 11, 2019 at 11:49 pm
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    Castro
    Me spit
    My grandad Run Away

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  • June 12, 2019 at 3:24 am
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    What about morgz?

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  • June 13, 2019 at 6:36 pm
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    Jajajajaja

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  • June 20, 2019 at 3:29 am
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    You did not just use the Puerto Rican flag as Cuban flag in piece of s*** @5:44

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  • June 24, 2019 at 6:53 pm
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    Did the child stop coughing after he was decapitated? If so he did technically cure him. Not the best remedy for a cold but it Did have instant results.

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  • June 25, 2019 at 8:07 pm
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    1:10 why do the people in the background look like they’re wearing tea towels on their heads?

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  • July 1, 2019 at 6:03 am
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    Wow 😮
    No mention of any western leader, not even Jim Crow, not those who issued killing black slaves for reading, nor those who killed millions of people via proxy wars, not even the king of Belgium with all the atrocities in Africa.
    Shame on you and your racism.

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  • July 1, 2019 at 12:25 pm
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    Caligula: I've declared war on the sea once.
    Netherlands: Hold my beer!

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  • July 3, 2019 at 1:24 am
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    What about the founder of T-Series? Surely, that man is EVIL

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  • July 5, 2019 at 5:09 am
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    You forget about Trump!

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  • July 5, 2019 at 11:00 am
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    What about Roosevelt?

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  • July 8, 2019 at 8:46 pm
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    What Muhammad and all the caliphates after him? They're quite popular these days

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  • July 10, 2019 at 1:24 pm
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    You got the flag wrong 5:45–6:20 in the video

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  • July 21, 2019 at 10:32 pm
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    What about Andrew Jackson who directly caused death of 4000 natives or Theodore Roosevelt who order villages to be burned in Philippines?

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  • July 28, 2019 at 8:37 pm
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    What about the guy with the cool-aid in South America

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  • July 29, 2019 at 10:25 am
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    Caligula may have died from Neptune divine intervention because he declared war on him in the first place

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  • July 31, 2019 at 2:57 am
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    5:45 thats a Puerto Rican flag 🇵🇷 Not a Cuban flag 🇨🇺 Did i miss somthing?? @theinfographicsshow

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  • August 3, 2019 at 11:54 am
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    Uk royal family is one of them.

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  • August 7, 2019 at 11:27 pm
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    8:56 didn't know you were communist

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  • August 11, 2019 at 2:19 pm
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    5:45 that's the puerto rican flag lol

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