Egyptian Speaker Cites Hitler As Model For Infrastructure Leadership

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Ali Abdel Aal, Egypt’s parliamentary speaker, triggered an outcry after he used Adolph Hitler as a model for infrastructure leadership. Abdel Aal explained “Hitler had his mistakes, but what allowed him to expand eastward and westward was that he created a strong infrastructure.” Well, that and a combination of war crimes, genocide, and wanton destruction. Most people do not start with the good roads on that list of notable elements of Nazi rule.

Abdel Aal insisted that his words were taken “out of context” but, unless the preceding line was “I am about to say something really moronic and grotesque to show children how not to speak”, I don’t think context will be much of a defense here. It is akin to saying Mussolini “made some mistakes” but “kept the trains running on time.”

It was a telling reference in a country that has been condemned for its repression and denial of basic rights. He was praising President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi for his effort to “build a modern Egyptian state.”

Abdel Aal tried to explain why “harsh” measures are a sign of greatness: “Building nations in times of transition requires harsh measures… because it is during these times that institutions are built and infrastructure is laid down.”

Most people would not view Hitler as good company but most would not try to sell a country on authoritarian measures as a path to “greatness.”

18 thoughts on “Egyptian Speaker Cites Hitler As Model For Infrastructure Leadership”

  1. Strike a spark and watch the fires blaze. Was it just a week ago I mentioned that Genocide has it’s twin meaning large scale selected murder in Dem-ocide. The dictionary prior to PC is a wonderful source of truisms.

  2. Benito Mussolini made the trains run on time using fascist tactics and methods. Something Benita Pelosillyni has only used to make things that work fail.

  3. The Nazis had a presence in the Middle East. That legacy continues, unfortunately. Combine that with the anti-semitism that is a key element in the Qu’ran, along with children taught that the Holocaust never happened, and you get statements like this.

    Brainwashing is difficult to overcome.

  4. Put everything else aside and thing about the infrastructure that Hitler built early in his career. Our freeway system is modeled after his Autobann. Eisenhower was smart enough not to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

    1. Shame the left doesn’t have an Eisenhower and is so far backwards and incapable of keeping the National Defense Highway System aka Freeways in operating order.

  5. More serious than this recent hoopla, is the fact that the government has obviously been involved in a major pyramid scheme for years!

  6. “Dictator”. A “tator” is a reference to a potato. A “dic” is a reference to a first name Dick. Or…. Mao was a tatortot. Hitler a German all the way but not with LBJ. Stalin was a horse of another name. Mao created a country that allows capitalist oligarchs to make billions. They now roam the world spending money in our plush hotels. Russia is a slow boat to China. Germany has revived since WWII and since the Berlin Wall came down. We had one American President who achieved something since Hitler. “Mister Gorbachov: “Tear down that Wall!” Who said that?

  7. He was praising President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi for his effort to “build a modern Egyptian state.”

    I take it you hadn’t noticed much of what has gone on in Egypt over the last nine years. I’m afraid your best approximation of just and prudent government there is a conventional military regime. Some countries have perfectly wretched political cultures, and Egypt is one.

  8. Well, to be honest, Hitler was pretty good at convincing other countries to do his demolition work for him. . . I am sure the Third Reich saved a bunch of money having the U.S. Eighth Air Force knock down buildings. For free! Plenty of shovel ready jobs!

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  9. From the above: “Only five years later, when he sensed that revolutionary fervor in China was waning, Mao proclaimed the Cultural Revolution. Gangs of Red Guards — young men and women between 14 and 21 — roamed the cities targeting revisionists and other enemies of the state, especially teachers.

    Professors were dressed in grotesque clothes and dunce caps, their faces smeared with ink. They were then forced to get down on all fours and bark like dogs. Some were beaten to death, some even eaten — all for the promulgation of Maoism. A reluctant Mao finally called in the Red Army to put down the marauding Red Guards when they began attacking Communist Party members, but not before 1 million Chinese died.”

    ———

    Kinda sounds like Antifa to me. But I can understand why Mao targeted the “intellectuals” and “professors.” Although we can watch people like Rachel Maddow bark like a dog nightly if we wish, and a whole host of others like Don Lemon, and Joy Reid, it would be nice to see them wear an actual dunce cap instead of the virtual one. And the whole ze and zer crowd, too.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  10. “Building nations in times of transition requires harsh measures… because it is during these times that institutions are built and infrastructure is laid down.”

    And here I thought infrastructure was built out of cooperation. People mutualliy deciding as a community (through city councils and voting) that electricity would benefit the community as a whole, so they pool their resources (via taxes) to lay down electrical infrastructure so everyone can turn on lights.

    Of course, putting up the West or the United States as great examples would have really gotten him in hot water.

  11. https://www.heritage.org/asia/commentary/the-legacy-mao-zedong-mass-murder

    “The Legacy of Mao Zedong is Mass Murder”

    Can you name the greatest mass murderer of the 20th century? No, it wasn’t Hitler or Stalin. It was Mao Zedong.

    According to the authoritative “Black Book of Communism,” an estimated 65 million Chinese died as a result of Mao’s repeated, merciless attempts to create a new “socialist” China. Anyone who got in his way was done away with — by execution, imprisonment or forced famine.

    For Mao, the No. 1 enemy was the intellectual. The so-called Great Helmsman reveled in his blood-letting, boasting, “What’s so unusual about Emperor Shih Huang of the China Dynasty? He had buried alive 460 scholars only, but we have buried alive 46,000 scholars.” Mao was referring to a major “accomplishment” of the Great Cultural Revolution, which from 1966-1976 transformed China into a great House of Fear.

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    The most inhumane example of Mao’s contempt for human life came when he ordered the collectivization of China’s agriculture under the ironic slogan, the “Great Leap Forward.” A deadly combination of lies about grain production, disastrous farming methods (profitable tea plantations, for example, were turned into rice fields), and misdistribution of food produced the worse famine in human history.

    Deaths from hunger reached more than 50 percent in some Chinese villages. The total number of dead from 1959 to 1961 was between 30 million and 40 million — the population of California.

    Rounding up enemies

    Only five years later, when he sensed that revolutionary fervor in China was waning, Mao proclaimed the Cultural Revolution. Gangs of Red Guards — young men and women between 14 and 21 — roamed the cities targeting revisionists and other enemies of the state, especially teachers.

    Professors were dressed in grotesque clothes and dunce caps, their faces smeared with ink. They were then forced to get down on all fours and bark like dogs. Some were beaten to death, some even eaten — all for the promulgation of Maoism. A reluctant Mao finally called in the Red Army to put down the marauding Red Guards when they began attacking Communist Party members, but not before 1 million Chinese died.

    All the while, Mao kept expanding the laogai, a system of 1,000 forced labor camps throughout China. Harry Wu, who spent 19 years in labor camps, has estimated that from the 1950s through the 1980s, 50 million Chinese passed through the Chinese version of the Soviet gulag. Twenty million died as a result of the primitive living conditions and 14-hour work days.

    Such calculated cruelty exemplified his Al Capone philosophy: “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.”

    And yet Mao Zedong remains the most honored figure in the Chinese Communist Party. At one end of historic Tiananmen Square is Mao’s mausoleum, visited daily by large, respectful crowds. At the other end of the square is a giant portrait of Mao above the entrance to the Forbidden City, the favorite site of visitors, Chinese and foreign.

    Repression continues

    In the spirit of Mao, China’s present rulers continue to oppress intellectuals and other dissidents such as human-rights activist Liu Xiaobo. He was sentenced last month to 11 years in prison for “inciting subversion of state power.” His offense: signing Charter 08, which calls on the government to respect basic civil and human rights within a democratic framework. .

    China presents itself as a vast market for U.S. companies and investors. But some U.S. companies are taking a second look at doing business in a country which considers Mao Zedong its patron saint. Google has said it is reconsidering its operations in China after discovering a sophisticated cyber attack on its e-mail which the government must have initiated or approved.

    Google has revealed what many in the Internet world have known for some time — China routinely hacks into U.S. and Western Web sites for national security and other valuable information. Mao would have enthusiastically applauded this intellectual rape.

    would President Obama be so ready to kowtow to China if in the middle of Beijing there was a mausoleum of Hitler and, hanging from the gate to the Forbidden City, a giant swastika?

  12. Hitler: bad, > 6 million dead

    Stalin: good, > 60 millions dead

    Mao Zedong: better, > 65 million killed in less than 2 years

    “According to the authoritative “Black Book of Communism,” an estimated 65 million Chinese died as a result of Mao’s repeated, merciless attempts to create a new “socialist” China. Anyone who got in his way was done away with — by execution, imprisonment or forced famine.”

    Fidel Castro: Michael Moore and Barack Obama’s hero

    Hugo Chavez: si se puede

    Ernesto Maduro: no homeless or hunger, per Chicago Teachers Union

    there are dictators and then there are dictators

    1. Jane,
      Hitler killed way more than 6 million–that is the estimate for the Jews he killed in the Holocaust. That does not include any of the other groups he targeted or those who died as the result of his wars.

      “according to R. J. Rummel, the Nazi regime was responsible for the democidal killing of an estimated 19.3 million civilians and prisoners of war.[345] In addition, 28.7 million soldiers and civilians died as a result of military action in the European Theatre of World War II.” From Wikipedia.

      48 million is far fewer than Mao’s 65 million and Stalin’s 60 million, but Hitler should be smeared for the full horror of the lives he killed.

      Great info and great article on Mao! Thank you for the link!

    2. Adolf had more than six million. There were homosexuals, gypsys and many other groups. Same with Stalin/Lenin. and Mao who targeted groups and individuals. The left in the USA were or are pikers comparatiely even though the socialist regressives were in full competition with the nationa and international socials during the Great Socialist Wars of the 20th Century.

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