Napoleon's genocide 'on a par with Hitler'

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Napoleon's genocide 'on a par with Hitler'

Post by Ezili Danto » Sun Nov 27, 2005 12:37 pm ... world.html
The Crime of Napoleon by Claude Ribbe

[quote]Napoleon's genocide 'on a par with Hitler'
By Colin Randall in Paris
(Filed: 26/11/2005)

A French historian has caused uproar by claiming Napoleon provided the model for Hitler's Final Solution with the slaughter of more than 100,000 Caribbean slaves.

In The Crime of Napoleon, Claude Ribbe accuses the emperor of genocide, gassing rebellious blacks more than a century before the Nazis' extermination of the Jews.

The book

His accusations refer to the extreme methods used to put down a ferocious uprising in Haiti at the start of the 19th century. Then known as San Domingo, the colony was considered a jewel of the French empire and to save it troops launched a campaign to kill all bl
acks aged over 12.

"In simple terms, Napoleon ordered the killing of as many blacks as possible in Haiti and Guadeloupe to be replaced by new, docile slaves from Africa," Ribbe said yesterday.

He said he had found accounts from officers who refused to take part in the massacres, especially the use of sulphur dioxide to kill slaves held in ships' holds.

His book is already provoking controversy prior to its publication on Thursday. The newspaper France Soir juxtaposed images of Napoleon and Hitler yesterday before asking: "Did Napoleon invent the Final Solution?"

But in an editorial, it condemned the "inanity" of Ribbe's argument. Ribbe, 51, who is of French-Guadeloupe extraction, said he was unrepentant.

"I want the French to know exactly what happened in that period," he said. "As for the good things Napoleon did, that is irrelevant. Hitler developed the autobahns and inspired the Volkswagen; are we supposed to excuse him for his war crimes?"

Ribbe, who was recently appointed a human rights commissioner by the prime minister, Dominique de Villepin, added: "I was taught to think of Napoleon as a superstar. To mention his crimes against humanity has been a taboo."[/quote]

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Post by admin » Sun Nov 27, 2005 12:45 pm

I wrote this recently in a different post on this forum on November 19:

"I find it amazing that so many people are engaged in trying to kill Dessaline's legacy, when we would not even be in the game without him. If the French had their way, they would have exterminated all the rebellious Africans back in 1802, even if it meant having to renew their commodity by going back to the source. Whichever way you look at it, Dessaline did not commit any crime against the French that the French did not do to the Haitians (or their African forced labor chattel, if you will) over and over and over and over and over. And when they did, they did not bother to explain to their kind or to posterity why they felt it necessary to commit those acts, the way Dessaline explained to the nation why he felt that it was absolutely necessary to get rid of the remaining French for the survival of the people he had just led to freedom. Now, if you feel that you would have been more humane or intelligent than Dessaline, say so. But I am not sure that anyone else would have had the qualities it took to be victorious over the likes of Rochambeau and the much celebrated Napoleon (who was directly responsible for the deaths of SEVERAL MILLION PEOPLE, including his own). But History would portray Dessaline as the barbaric and savage one, and Napoleon as one of the greatest heroes the world has ever known. "

I am grateful that we have today people of Claude Ribbe's stature who will not let the world forget.

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