"At the conference, Mr. Schram criticized Mao but also explained why he thought many historians do not place Mao in the same global rogue’s gallery as Stalin, Hitler and Pol Pot. “In many ways his political instincts were sound,” Mr. Schram said. “He tried to invest in the Chinese people. But in his personal feelings he was emotional, wrongheaded and hysterical, and these qualities increasingly took over in the 1950s." Oh, no. That is not the reason. The reason why Mao is not treated as other Western villains is because Western governments and media don't want to upset the Chinese government. Pure and simple.