Originally Posted by rdawson808
Do we not stop at some point and say "Damn your fine clothes and aesthetic sense, you're still a fascist and fought on the side of genocide and that makes you NOT worth admiring"?
How can you say that D'Annunzio "fought on the side of genocide"? He died in 1936, as I recall. Even in the early years of the Nazi era, relations between the two dicatorships were by no means so cordial as they later became. As I recall, I think even Churchill was quite eager to play off Mussolini against Hitler. Even as late as 1940, the Anglo-French allies tried to keep Italy neutral during the war.
Moreover, as I recall, it was the Fascist Grand Council that deposed Mussolini and sought peace with the allies in 1943. Italian Fascism may have been a bad business, but I fail to see how having supported it during the 1920s and 1930s makes one complicit in genocide, even posthumously.