From Reuters, with thanks to Ruth King:
ANKARA (Reuters) – The head of Turkey’s parliamentary human rights group has accused Washington of genocide in Iraq and
behaving worse than Adolf Hitler, in remarks underscoring the depth of opposition in Turkey to U.S. policy in the region.
The United Sates embassy said the comments were potentially damaging to Turkish-U.S. relations.
“The occupation has turned into barbarism,” Friday’s Yeni Safak newspaper quoted Mehmet Elkatmis, head of parliament’s human
rights commission, as saying. “The U.S. administration is committing genocide…in Iraq.
“Never in human history have such genocide and cruelty been witnessed. Such a genocide was never seen in the time of the pharoahs (of ancient Egypt), nor of Hitler nor of (Italy’s fascist leader Benito) Mussolini,” he said.
This is historically outrageous, but it will no doubt sway the credulous who have already swallowed gallons of anti-American propaganda. I will only ask when Hitler’s occupation forces ever risked their lives to rebuild the hospitals and schools of those who were occupied. And…where are the crematoria?
What will all these Lefties and Muslim radicals who are crying wolf about the Bushitler do when a real genocidal totalitarian comes along? Of course, they are not likely ever to have to face this question, because the genocidal totalitarian in question will most likely come from among them, and have their full support.
“This occupation has entirely imperialist aims,” he was quoted as telling the human rights commission on Thursday.
Elkatmis does not speak for Turkey’s government but he is a prominent member of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP),
a centre-right grouping with Islamist roots which has become increasingly critical of U.S. actions in Iraq.
“Islamist roots.” That may explain his huge historical blind spots. He probably has never noticed that little matter of the Armenian genocide, either, and probably would look at you quizzically if you asked him about the historical ravages of jihad and dhimmitude. The man should be presented with a gift package of books — perhaps a starter kit of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer and Islam and Dhimmitude by Bat Ye’or.