“Nazi’s not as bad as IS” says Abbott
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has argued that Islamic State is worse than the Nazis in World War Two.
‘The Nazis did terrible evil but they had sufficient sense of shame to try and hide it. These people boast about their evil. This is the extraordinary thing,’ Mr Abbott said on 2GB.
‘They act in the way medieval barbarians acted only they broadcast it to the world with an affrontery that is hard to credit and it just adds a further dimension to this evil.’
It comes after former commander of US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan general David Petraeus raised the prospect of Australia joining the air strikes against I.S. Targets in Syria.
At the 2015 Lowy Institute lecture on Wednesday, Mr Petraeus said bombing the militant group in Syria would add to the coalition’s efforts against the terror organisation.
Mr Abbott said the decision would be made next week, but emphasised everything possible needed to be done to defeat I.S.
The prime minister made similar comments last year on 2GB.
‘The atrocities that were committed by the Nazis, by the communists and others, they were ashamed of them, they tried to cover them up. This mob, by contrast, as soon as they’ve done something gruesome and ghastly and unspeakable, they’re advertising it on the internet for all to see which makes them, in my mind, nothing but a death cult,’ he said.
More than six million Jews were killed by Hitler’s Nazi regime and its collaborators from 1941 to 1945 in what is known as the Holocaust.
The Jewish community slammed Mr Abbott’s comments, labelling them “injudicious and unfortunate”.
“Whilst there is no question that Islamic State is a profoundly evil organisation, the Prime Minister’s comments suggesting that it is in some respects worse than the Nazis were injudicious and unfortunate,” Robert Goot, President of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, told News Corp Australia.
“The crimes of Islamic State are indeed horrific but cannot be compared to the systematic round-up of millions of people and their despatch to purpose built death camps for mass murder.
“There is a fundamental difference between organised acts of terrorism and a genocide systematically implemented by a state as essential policy.”
Later in the day the Prime Minister said he was not in the “business of ranking evil” and stood by his comments.