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Tuesday, 02 January, 2007

Heroes And Killers

Short biographies and background notes on selected world heroes and killers of the 20th century.

The heroes documented on this site are definitely not from comic strips. Their real-life heroism has been sustained over years or decades, often at a terrible personal cost. But while their acts can be at odds with their own immediate self-interest, they are in the interest of their community's long-term health. When considering what constitutes heroism and who are the true heroes it is these qualities that have been given priority on this site.

A common feature of all the killers described here is their unwavering belief in the rightness of their acts, if not those act's complete righteousness. None of those who are now deceased went to their graves with any sense of guilt or regret, and it is unlikely that any of those still living will. World-class killers are always loaded with hubris, an overweening belief in their own infallibility. They are paternalistic and proud. It is no coincidence that they are all men, just as it is no coincidence that they scorn democracy.