Pro-Government Egyptian Paper: Erdogan is Europe’s New Hitler

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech in Istanbul, Saturday, July 16, 2016. Forces loyal to Erdogan quashed a coup attempt in a night of explosions, air battles and gunfire that left some hundreds of people dead and scores of others wounded Saturday. The chaos Friday night and Saturday …

Turkey and Egypt have been engaged in an all-out media war since President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Cairo of being instrumental in last week’s failed attempt to overthrow him.

Erdogan told the Qatari news network Al Jazeera that his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fatah Sisi, knows nothing about democracy, having killed thousands of his own people.

The pro-Sisi newspaper Alyoum Alsabee likened Erdogan to Adolf Hitler, saying that Turkey may be plunged into civil war as a result of his campaign against his rivals.

Karim Abdulsalam, one of the paper’s prominent columnists, wrote that “Erdogan’s demeanor brings back terrifying memories of Europe in 1933, when Adolf Hitler swindled his way to power with populist slogans.”

He then goes on to compare “the Sultan’s” purges to Hitler’s, accusing him of setting up loyalist militias and pitting them against the country’s armed forces, and preventing millions of his citizens from leaving the country or communicating with the outside world.

“Europe’s feckless response to Erdogan’s antics will no doubt turn him into a new Hitler, armed with modern weapons,” Abdulsalam said.

Khaled Salah, the paper’s editor-in-chief, also attacked the “tyrannical” Erdogan, accusing him of staging the coup “so that he could retaliate by slaughtering the opposition.”

He went on to wonder why human rights organizations remained mute following Erdogan’s “slaughter of the justice system.”

He accused Erdogan of staging the coup as a ploy to finish off judges, journalists, public servants, and political opponents. “In the name of citizenship we see a massacre of the systems of government.”

Earlier this week, Breitbart Jerusalem quoted an Arab intelligence source saying that Turkish intelligence is looking for evidence of Egypt’s and the UAE’s involvement in the attempted coup.