Why did a German government official compare George W. Bush to Aldolph Hitler?
#22832. Asked by Billy. (Sep 26 02 11:58 PM)
Kainantu says: |
This is a relevant paragraph. If you are really interested read the whole article.
Schroder's victory was also a victory of a government one of whose leading members compared George W. Bush to Hitler. This was Justice Minister Herta Daubler-Gmelin, who told the Schwaebische Tagblatt, 'Bush wants to distract attention from his domestic problems. This is a popular method. Hitler also used it.' Daubler-Gmelin protested unconvincingly that she had said, 'We have known this debate since 'Adolf Nazi,'' and that she meant to draw no connection between Bush and Hitler. But to mention them in the same sentence and criticize them for the same offense is to say that Bush in some way is like Hitler - an insinuation that any American government must regard as monstrously offensive.
As did Condoleezza Rice: 'How can you use the name Hitler and the name of the president of the United States in the same sentence? Particularly, how can a German, given the devotion of the United States in the liberation of Germany from Hitler?'
Gerhard Schroder sent a letter of apology - sort of - to Bush. 'I want to let you know how much I regret the fact that alleged comments by the German justice minister have given an impression that has offended you.' But he kept Daubler-Gmelin in his government until after the election.
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