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Monday, September 23, 2002

Unbearable Likeness




Heil to the Chief

Heil to the Chief the Court has chosen for the nation,
Heil to the Chief! We must obey him, one and all._______
Heil to the Chief, as he destroys cooperation_____
In flagrant violation of an international call.____

Your unilateral aim will make our grand economy weaker,
A sleight of the hand, by a Bush, is worth two.__
Heil to the second, we all regret is our commander,
Heil to the President! Emperor of the few!
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George W Bush has been compared to Hitler by the German justice minister as relations between Berlin and Washington plumb new depths. Herta Daeubler-Gemlin said the US president "wants to divert attention from his domestic problems. It's a classic tactic. It's one that Hitler used."
German minister hits out at 'Hitler' Bush, epolitix, September 20, 2002

Q Ari, are U.S.-German relations being threatened by the tone of the Iraq debate in the political campaign there? That's including the Justice Minister's equating President Bush's tactics with Hitler, and Chancellor Schroeder's ruling out German involvement in any Iraq war.

Well, let me say I've noted the report out of Berlin where the German Justice Minister likened President Bush's actions to those of Adolf Hitler. And the United States and Germany have had a very long and valuable relationship, and the relations between the people of the United States and the people of Germany are very important to the American people. But this statement by the Justice Minister is outrageous and is inexplicable.
White House Press Secretary, Ari Fleischer, September 19, 2002

Germany's justice minister has denied comparing U.S. President George W. Bush to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. Herta Daeubler-Gmelin blamed "erroneous and inflammatory" newspaper reports for the scandal which has dominated the last day of campaigning ahead of German national elections on Sunday.
Minister denies Bush 'Hitler' slur, CNN, September 20, 2002

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder apologised to US President George Bush on Friday for the offence caused by a report that his Justice minister had compared Bush’s methods to that of Hitler’s. The election-eve report in a regional daily angered a US Administration already upset about the centre-Left chancellor’s voluble — and highly popular opposition to a prospective US-led war in Iraq.
Kevin Liffey, Schroeder says sorry after his minister draws a Bush-Hitler parallel, Indian Express, September 21, 2002

I think this is all very plain for everybody to know and plain to see, and I'm not going to belabor the point. Things were said that I think, in the President's judgment, were excessive during the campaign and raise a sense of anti-Americanism and criticism of the United States and the United States policies from an ally. These criticisms were not muted.
And it is the right of anybody to do that in a democracy, and German leaders exercise those rights. And now the German people have exercised their right and they have spoken. And the United States government will work with whoever people elect around the world in free -- freedom of democracy. And that's what will happen here.
But nobody should be under any illusions or mistakes that, now that the election is over, that everything goes back to the way it was. That's not the natural result of the manner in which that campaign was waged. And I think that's plain for everybody to know and see.
White House Press Secretary, Ari Fleischer, September 24, 2002

 
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