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The Islamist President of Turkey has been heading towards a more authoritarian regime for several years now. His regime has been accused of everything from political and financial corruption to surreptitiously helping the so-called Islamic State.
Repression of the Kurds and his support for the terrorist Hamas organisation has gone hand in hand with suppression of political opponents. His demagogic style of government has included the construction of a huge presidential palace and the planning of a second folly that indicates the outlook of a megalomaniac.
Turkey is a country with a "hidden" history, one of ethnic cleansing and genocide.
The Armenian Holocaust cost the lives of around one and a half million people. To this day Turkey has denied this event ever took place. It is illegal to even discuss the issue in Turkey.
With this background in mind you'd think that Erdogan would be careful with his pronouncements which have been getting stranger all the time, but his latest verbal atrocity is frankly beyond belief. The reports:
Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has defended his push for a presidential system of government by citing "Hitler's Germany" as an historic example.
"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."
Quite clear. Quite dangerous.
Presidential aides have tried to play down these comments ( made in that haven of reason Saudi Arabia) by trying to claim they have been distorted.
Clearly they have not and Erdogan stands exposed to the world in his true light.
The link between Islamism and fascism has never been more obvious.