Turkish PM says negotiating with Assad like shaking hands with Hitler

Godwin’s Law: It always comes down to Nazis and Hitler

(Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Tuesday negotiating with President Bashar al-Assad would be like shaking hands with Adolf Hitler, highlighting Turkey’s differences with Washington over dealing with the Syrian leader.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday the U.S. would have to negotiate with Assad, though the State Department later said he was not specifically referring to the Syrian leader and that Washington would never bargain with him.

Speaking at an AK Party meeting in Ankara, Davutoglu said voices in the West which say there is a need to negotiate with Assad “make us question our human values”.

“Despite all these massacres, despite the use of chemical weapons that crossed the red line, if you still shake the hand of Assad, that handshake will be remembered throughout history,” he said in a speech broadcast live.

“There’s no difference between shaking hands with Assad, or with Hitler, Saddam, Karadzic, Milosevic”…

This is from a regime that refuses to admit the Turkish role in death of hundreds of thousands (perhaps over a million) Armenians during WW I.  And a regime that extremely anti-Israel and treats its few remaining Jews with great suspicion.  

As for Assad, it seems to me that no player in Syria has clean hands. That is how civil wars  go.  Before the war broke out, Turkey was quite happy with Assad.  Now he is seen as harbinger of Shiite Islam and Iran.