President Bush, Hitler do share similarities


Published: Tuesday, February 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 31, 2005 at 10:41 p.m.

Dawn Taylor (Jan. 26) stated that people who compare President Bush with Hitler "lack any grasp of history at all." I would suggest she consider these similarities.

Hitler used the Reichstag fire and fear of Communist terrorism to acquire special anti-terrorism powers and then misused them to imprison his political enemies.

Bush used the trade center attack and the fear of Muslim terrorism to get the Patriot Act powers and then imprisoned and denied due process to many innocent Muslim Americans.

Hitler used a trumped-up murder as a pretext to invade Poland. Bush used false WMD charges as a pretext to invade Iraq.

Hitler ignored all treaties and laws of civilization when it suited his purpose. A memo circulated in the Bush White House in 2004 cited the president's "complete authority over the conduct of war, overriding international treaties" in his fight against terrorism.

When Hitler came to power, he focused all Germany's efforts on building the strongest military in the world so he could invade other countries in the name of Lebensraum.

When Bush became president, he spent billions on the military, already the largest in the world, so he could invade other countries in the name of freedom.

Bush may not be another Hitler, but history shows that people in power often feel they are chosen by God for their particular mission and are thus infallible.

Americans need to be aware that this could happen here or we might wind up like Nazi Germany.

Sam Ulbing,

Alachua

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