Turkish President Erdogan, after emulating Blair, emulates Hitler

This video says about itself:

1 January 2016

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan defended his project for greater presidential powers by citing Adolf Hitler’s Germany as a historic example, during a press conference in Ankara, Friday.

After Turkish President Erdogan emulated Tony Blair … and after Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu (whose relationship with Erdogan, after earlier problems, recently improved) whitewashed Hitler by claiming the 1940s mass murders of Jews were supposedly not a nazi German, but a Palestinian initiative … now Erdogan whitewashing Hitler.

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Turkey’s President Erdogan cites ‘Hitler’s Germany‘ as example of effective government

Mr Erdogan defends push for his own position as president to be strengthened

Turkey and Western powers escalate war rhetoric in response to Istanbul attack: here.

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  2. Saturday 2nd January 2016

    posted by James Tweedie in World

    Power-obsessed president reveals ambitions

    TURKISH President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday compared his quest for absolute power to that of Adolf Hitler.

    Mr Erdogan, having cut short a visit to Saudi Arabia to discuss the Syrian conflict, was speaking at a press conference after the death of prominent pro-government journalist Hasan Karakaya.

    He was asked whether his plans to add executive powers to the office of president — still a nominally neutral head-of-state role — was compatible with a unitary state.

    “Yes,” he replied. “There is nothing to say that you can’t have a presidential system in a unitary state.

    “There are already some examples in the world today and also some from the past. You see it when you look at Hitler’s Germany. Later you see the example again in various other counties.”

    A senior Turkish official latter tried to play down the would-be sultan’s comments, telling the Independent newspaper: “There are good and poor examples of presidential systems and the important thing is to put checks and balances in place.”

    “Nazi Germany, lacking proper institutional arrangements, was obviously one of the most disgraceful examples in history. That’s his point.”

    But other analogies can be made between Mr Erdogan and the nazi fuehrer.

    He has made aggressive claims to represent all Turkic peoples — from Europe and the Middle East to China and Siberia — and has been accused of seeking to annex swathes of northern Syria to Turkey.

    His ruling AKP party has also cracked down on dissent, jailing journalists who exposed covert aid to Islamic State in Syria, and ruthlessly suppressed the country’s Kurdish minority.

    In April last year Mr Erdogan hit out at nations which acknowledged the Ottoman Empire’s genocide of Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks during the first world war.

    Earlier this week, the head of Russia’s Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov said Mr Erdogan’s personal ambitions were blocking a peace deal for Syria.

    “Erdogan and America are saying that until Assad retires they are not even going to raise the question about stabilising the situation,” he said.

    “So many people are suffering because of their personal ambitions, a whole country has been destroyed because of them.”



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