This video was first uploaded on February 14 but was just subtitled in English today. It shows a large number of Turkish nationalists within Germany praising Turkish leader Recep Erdoğan, who they call upon to lead a new Ottoman empire.
Normally, comparisons to Hitler are shunned, and often shut down online using "Goodwin's Law".
But what if the people or events being discussed really do compare to Hitler and his methods?
We know for a fact that Erdogan has praised Hitler's methodology.
From the IB Times:
Hitler's Germany had an effective form of government, according to Turkey's increasingly controversial President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Turkey's leader, whose AKP party won a convincing election victory last year, wants to change the Turkish constitution to grant the country's currently ceremonial role of president executive powers, making it more like the USA, France or Russia. [...]
He made the Hitler comparison on Thursday, when he was asked whether it was possible to combine an executive presidency with the Turkish state's unitary structure. He said: "There is nothing to say that you can't have a presidential system in a unitary state. There are already examples in the world. You can see it when you look at Hitler's Germany.
Whether one agrees with these statements or not, the fact that the Turkish leader chose to use that comparison shows that he studied Hitler's regime and admired it.
So it should be no surprise that the event in the video above appears to have been staged using a template based on some of Hitler's other tactics.
The video above was part of the staged series of mass demonstrations for Hitler, carefully scripted and preserved for all by his propagandist, Leni Riefenstahl, known as the "Nuremberg Rallies". The similarities are obvious.
But once you start looking...
At the Stalin Rallies, people had cards saying when to applaud and also when to stop. Because no one wanted to be the first person to stop applauding for Stalin.
One could easily imagine the same for Hitler and its a matter of record that in North Korea if you even abuse a magazine that contains a photo of the leader, and all magazines do, you could face three generations in a slave labour camp. That is, if you manage to reproduce once inside.
Turkey's president and would be dictator Recep Erdoğan clearly has ambitions which are a threat not just to his own people, but quite likely to all within striking distance of his regime and probably should be watched closely. As a NATO partner, it would be best for us to use a microscope.