Egypt,  History

Pleasant and unpleasant surprise

Jeffrey Goldberg offers a more intelligent observation than Carlos Latuff could ever hope to do on Abdel Moneim Kato, the Egyptian general who said anti-government protesters “deserve to be thrown into Hitler’s ovens.”

I’ve spent quite a bit of time in Cairo arguing with Holocaust deniers (arguing doesn’t work, by the way), so I was pleasantly surprised to read of a senior Egyptian official who understands that Hitler’s ovens were real, and that the Holocaust was a brutal affair. I was unpleasantly surprised, of course, to read of an Egyptian official who wants to punish his fellow Egyptians the way Hitler punished the Jews. Correct me if I’m wrong, but Mubarak’s military successors are trying very hard to win the let’s-outdo-Hosni-in-cruelty-and-sheer-idiocy competition.

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