September 19, 2002
German "Attorney General" says Bush is like Hitler

Herta Däubler-Gmelin, Germany's "Minister of Justice," a position roughly comparable to the Attorney General's in the US, has made waves in Germany by comparing Bush to Hitler. (German version here.). At a meeting of labor union members she said that Bush's plans for attacking Iraq are a way to distract from his domestic problems, "a favorite method since Hitler." Her in-depth analysis of US domestic politics continues: it's not about oil, because "the Americans themselves have enough oil anyway." It's Bush's domestic problems that are the true reason for wanting to wage war in Iraq; with just 70% approvral ratings, that is understandable.

Being in charge of Germany's justice system, she also threw in that Americans "have a lousy legal system," not in the least because of the death penalty. Then she added that if today's insider trading laws had been in force in the 80's, Bush would now be in prison.

Of course, once the storm over her comments started to brew, she clarified everything: "I did not compare the persons of Bush and Hitler, but their methods." Ah, that clears it up then. But wait, there's more: she also said it's an evil campaign trick to say that she compared Bush to Hitler. Well, if that's the case, she played it on herself, finds herself up a creek full of a substance which flows freely within her head, lacks a paddle, and is now trying desperately to salvage the situation. More of her hypocrisy: "I would be very sorry, if this affair would cast even a tiny shadow on the respect that I have for the American president." So she compares him to Hitler and says he's a crook who ought to be in jail. That's some respect you've got there.

The storm in Germany is brewing though. Guido Westerwelle, the leader of the Free Democrat Party has called for her resignation, and called upon Schröder to fire her if she does not go voluntarily. He also said: "Who in the presence of 30 labor unionists makes this statement and then comes up with the excuse that she had not been informed of the presence of the press, only underlines a mentality that is not acceptable in government. The excuses of Däubler-Gmelin only make matters worse."

The Secretary General of the Christian Social Union, the Bavarian offshoot of the Christian Democrats, accused the government of "campaigning with anti-Americanism." He also said he detected a planned "escalation of the debate," with first the German Go-It-Alone route on the war, then the Social Democrats' parliamentary leader comparing Bush to Caesar, and now the culmination with the Nazi comparison. Finally he said that the Social Democrats are trying to create the impression that the real enemy is Bush, and not Saddam.

I just wish more German politicians would voice that kind of view. It'd be a start, at least.

Posted by qsi at September 19, 2002 08:23 PM
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People are missing this gem from ol' Herta (former Justice Minister) Daeubler-Gmelin:

Auch die britische Regierungschefin Maggie Thatcher habe 1982 einen Krieg um die Falkland-Inseln (Malvinas) geführt, um die Wahlchancen ihrer Tory-Partei zu verbessern.

The British Prime Minister Maggie Thatcher also conducted a war in 1982 over the Falkland Islands (Malvinas), in order to improve the electoral chances for her Tory Party.

So, Herta compared Thachter to Hitler too!

I wonder if she'll compare Chancellor Schroeder to Hitler, since he participated in the Afghan campaign, Kosovo and Bosnia?

Posted by: Jabba the Tutt on September 23, 2002 01:44 AM

As Hitler rose to power, his political and military ascent was aided by the unwillingness of those who understood the rising danger he represented to speak out without fear of retribution.
I have been listening to the political response to Herta Däubler-Gmelin’s comments comparing the tactics of the Bush Regime to those used by Hitler. My sadness turns into horror as I realize that the tightening noose of political thought control originating in the US White house, is now strangling freedom of expression, silencing not just American dissent against this insane march toward a new “oil war” —but silencing European dissent as well.
Ugly truths are frightening. That is why they must be faced with even greater strength and courage, to overcome that fear.
King George Bush II usurped the throne --formerly known as the democratically elected Presidency of the United States-- in a rigged election presided over by his brother. That juggernaut was then consolidated in a judicial coup that placed an undemocratically elected “official” in the White House. King George’s open contempt for the temperance and council of the international community and the UN is a just another reflection of his contempt for the US Congress, the American people and the democratic process as a whole, either here or abroad.
As the creator of CIA, Al Quida, the Taliban, Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussain, the Shah of Iran, and virtually the whole parade of fascists and dictators who have been the scourge against justice and freedom in the past century, the US government –without the knowing consent of the American people-- has covertly been the principle exporter and proponent of terror and military murder all over the world. Now that terror has reached a new a dazzling height as it consolidates its grasp on the world community, in one of the most viscous and unbridled power plays ever achieved in modern times, as the Bush Regime tramples on democracy in it’s arrogant march toward World War IV.
(Why WW4? Because World War III has been so well managed and covertly achieved, spanning the most deadly decades in human history theses past thirty years, that most people are scarcely aware that it has even come and gone. European and American people that is. Ask the people in Africa or South America, or Asia; that is where World War III has been waged…)
With a covert and insidious process of deceit and manipulation, Hitler’s operatives set fire to the Reichstag. Similarly, “former” KGB agent Putin’s operatives set fire to the apartment houses, frightening more Russians to vote for him. And last but not least, with fear mongering justifications, the Bush Regime uses the attacks on the World trade center and the Pentagon (which to this day remain quite suspicious and uninvestigated) to launch “a war against terrorism,” (AKA: a war of terrorism) against any nation on earth that harbors “terrorists,” in an open ended new “cold war” with shadowy enemies lurking everywhere and –much to Resident Bush’s delight—no end in sight.
When Minister of Justice Herta Däubler-Gmelin had the courage to speak up, I felt a glimmer of hope. Now I realize that the danger is growing stronger and stronger by the day.
In the defense of liberty and justice for all the peoples of the world, let us not mince our word to placate tyrants and war mongers. I and millions of dissenting Americans, silenced by our corporate media owned by military conglomerates, see through the transparent façade with which the Bush Regime smiles out at the world, mouthing the platitudes of democracy, even as they devour democracy alive.
George Orwell had it right after all --he just got the year a few decades off: “War is Peace.” Isn’t that what King George Bush II says? We must wage war to attain peace. Beware the wolf in sheep’s clothing, lest you invite him into your house, and wake up to find all that you love and hold most dear, nestled in the distended bowels of his ravenous belly.

Posted by: Marco Zonka on September 26, 2002 10:02 PM

Bush simplifies the conflict as a conflict between good and evil. This is a story told like in a movie for a small child, but in the real world there is no good and evil, there is no black and white, the world exists in different shades of gray.

Posted by: chris on February 20, 2003 08:13 PM

This has become especially obvious when Germany, France and Russia with many European countries following declared that prior to a military solution all peaceful methods to solve the conflict potential should be exploited.

Posted by: chris on February 20, 2003 08:14 PM
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