71 year old billionaire and Formula One controlling Chief Bernie Ecclestone, during an interview with The Times of London, praised totalitarian dictators and claimed that Adolf Hitler knew how to "get things done".
During a rant on the weakness of contemporary politicians, the 71 year old Ecclestone stated:
"In a lot of ways, terrible to say this I suppose, but apart from the fact that Hitler got taken away and persuaded to do things that I have no idea whether he wanted to do or not, he was in the way that he could command a lot of people, able to get things done. In the end he got lost, so he wasn't a very good dictator because either he had all these things and knew what was going on and insisted, or he just went along with it ... so either way he wasn't a dictator."
He also criticized democracy, claiming that "it hasn't done a lot of good for many countries - including this one [Britain]."
From there, the whackadoodle went on to praise totalitarianism...
"Politicians are too worried about elections. We did a terrible thing when we supported the idea of getting rid of Saddam Hussein. He was the only one who could control that country. It was the same [with the Taliban in Afghanistan]. We move into countries and we have no idea of the culture. The Americans probably thought Bosnia was a town in Miami. There are people starving in Africa and we sit back and do nothing but we get involved in things we should leave alone."
This is not the first time that a rich old person in a position of high power within a major sports league extolled the virtues of the loathed Nazi dictator.
In May of 1996, former Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott famously claimed that Hitler started out good.
"Everything you read, when he came in [to power] he was good...They built tremendous highways and got all the factories going...Everybody knows he was good at the beginning but he just went too far."