Re: Keep the Monarchy!Jun 10th, 2012
George Jonas on the dumping of European monarchies....
The continentís royals may not have been much to write home about, but they were still a breath of fresh air compared to the scum that eventually replaced them.
Tzar Nicholas II was succeeded by V.I. Lenin and J.V. Stalin; Kaiser Wilhelm II by Adolf Hitler; and King Peter II of Yugoslavia by J.B. Tito (who at least stood up to both Hitler and Stalin). King Victor Emmanuel III (himself a fascist) was succeeded by Benito Mussolini (fascism personified); autocratic King Carol II of Rumania by killer Nazi Ion Antonescu first, then killer communist couple Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu next; and Hungaryís Regent Miklos Horthy (a fascist with scruples) by Ferenc Szalasi (a Nazi without) and later by Matyas Rakosi (a short, bald, communist version of Dracula). Perhaps no one could have ruled Greece worse than hapless King Constantine II, except the infamous Colonels who dethroned him in a 1967 coup díetat.
This leaves Spainís Alfonso XIII. He alone would have been inferior as a national leader to the dictator Francesco Franco who forced him to abdicate, though the kingís reign would have been less bloody and autocratic.