Originally Posted by Camp David
Wait... you're smearing one of history's most distinguished and preeminent ocean explorer, navigator, and discoverer of the New World with the petty words of socialist labor advocate and atheist? Predictable you are...
HAPPY COLUMBUS DAY EVERYONE!!!
It's not surprising that someone such as Columbus should be a hero for the Right.... in many respects he personifies the murderous ignorance, greed and xenophobia which have unfortunately been elevated to the status of Holy Writ ever since the current Right-wing political agenda was formulated by the likes of Hitler, Franco, Mussolini and Thatcher.
The disgrace is not so much the crimes of Columbus - an area in which he ranks alongside Pol Pot and Saddam Hussein - as I do not subscribe to the belief that one can judge figures of the past by mores of the future in every case but rather (as usual) the Right's celebrating of yet another criminal.
For example: after stealing the land for Spain he set to use the populace to mine the gold in much the same way that Nazis made prisoners work for the Reich in concentration camps; with no mercy and driven to the limit of human endurance until they died when they would be replaced by the next victim.
Within only two years, 125,000 - ie half of the population - of the original natives on the island were dead.
He also instituted a system of sexual slavery where girls from 9 - 10 years old were sold to be used for his staff. From his diary:
"A hundred castellanoes are as easily obtained for a woman as for a farm, and it is very general and there are plenty of dealers who go about looking for girls; those from nine to ten are now in demand."
So to genocide we can add prostitution, abduction, slavery and paedophilia.
But there's more:
If a native resisted slavery, he would cut off a nose or an ear. If slaves tried to escape, Columbus had them burned alive. Other times, he sent attack dogs to hunt them down, and the dogs would tear off the arms and legs of the screaming natives while they were still alive. If the Spaniards ran short of meat to feed the dogs, Arawak babies were killed for dog food.
A great Christian supported and celebrated by other Christians like Camp David.