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Is Egypt headed down the same road as Nazi Germany?

It would be dangerous to ignore the similarities between Morsi's Egypt and Hitler's Germany.

Egyptian protester on barrier surrounding palace
Photo by: REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih
The current political atmosphere in Egypt closely resembles that of 1933 by Germany. Much like Hitler and his Nazi party, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi came to office after a narrow democratic electoral victory. Both were elected during a time of great upheaval among the masses when the populace was yearning for change. Morsi, who was jailed under the rule of deposed president Hosni Mubarak, can be seen to share with Hitler a desire for revenge against the established social order and intolerance toward adversaries. Both Hitler and Morsi sought to overthrow the established order.

During the past six months, Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood party have taken all necessary measures to consolidate his grasp on power. Similar measures were taken by Hitler in 1933, including control of the media, the army, local municipalities, the police force and jurisdictional institutions. In Egypt,only close allies of Morsi were appointed to key positions. In September 2012, former members of deposed president Hosni Mubarak’s National Democratic Party were fired from the National Council for Human Rights, a watchdog organization of the Egyptian government. In every area that the Brotherhood assumed control, accusations of corruption and loyalty to Mubarak’s regime were used in an intense cleansing campaign.



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