Retired Egyptian General Recognizes Severity of Holocaust

The Times' Lede blog reports on an unusual statement by a retired general who is currently advising Egypt's military junta:

In comments published by the Egyptian newspaper Al Shorouk on Monday, the adviser, Gen. Abdel Moneim Kato, said that the protesters who came under attack by soldiers were delinquents "who 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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