Running Head: BIN LADEN AND HITLER: SIMILARITIES
Bin Laden and Hitler: The Similarities Between Them
University of Phoenix
COMM / 215
October 12, 2005
Osama bin Laden and Adolf Hitler: The Lesser of Two Evils
Fear, hate and disregard. Are these feelings prominent when you think of Adolf Hitler or Osama bin Landen? These names bring equivalent emotions to the same nation of people Americans. Although these two historical figures posses different ideologies, the complicity and the similarities between them, including their desire for control, can and did result in massive devastation. Hitler worshipped Germany, as bin Laden worships Allah. They are evil, evil in that they wanted to destroy a race of people who simply sought the goals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These God given and American instilled rights have been ringing in the ears of both sets of victims whom have been terrorized by these men. These victims lived their lives seeking these rights, some to achieve victory and others to pay the ultimate sacrifice in their quest. While one of these men only lives in history books, the other still threatens the rights of humankind. Perhaps the answer to achieving a second story that can only be told in a history book is to examine the practices of both, determine their similarities and maybe even utilize our past experience to accomplish the end of a second dark era. First, we must discover the similarities between Osama bin Laden and Adolf Hitler. History of Adolf Hitler
The existence of Adolf Hitler (Hitler) began at 6:30 p.m. on the evening of April 20, 1889. Hitler was baptized as a Roman Catholic and had dreams of becoming a Roman Catholic Priest. As a child, Hitler became obsessed with a book on the War of 1870-1871 between the Germans and the French, convinced it had been a glorious event (The History Place, 1996). In his second year of high school, Hitler developed a passion for politics, German history and mythology.
At the age of 24, Hitler left Vienna to avoid mandatory military service in the Austrian army and moved to Munich. On August 3, 1914, he enlisted in the German Army. After World War I, he joined the German Worker's Party where he eventually became their leader. In 1920, Hitler chose a symbol to represent the German Worker's party, which to this day is the most notorious symbol in history, the swastika. Hitler also changed the German Worker's Party name to the National Socialist German Workers' Party, better known today as Nazi.
On January 30, 1933, Hitler was elected as Chancellor of the German Nation. Hitler, a man who spent his life despising the democratic republic was now its leader, but this too changed. In March of 1933, a vote that would change the history of Germany was taken. By an outrageous amount of votes, Hitler and the Nazis legally brought down the German Democratic Republic. From that day forward, under Hitler's rule, the State, not the individual, had rights. From the instant that Germans were born into this world, they were to serve the State and obey its dictator. Anyone who disputed this would be killed. Between late April and early October 1933, Hitler and the Nazis had successfully taken away rights, jobs, hopes, dreams and even lives of the Jewish community in Germany. That is when Hitler's Germany, known as the Gestapo, was born. The Gestapo was the official secret police of Nazi Germany responsible for the recruitment, imprisonment and torture of the Jewish population.
In the short time since Hitler was elected dictator of Germany, he had taken over Europe. In his conquest, he sent innocent people to torture prisons; if they survived, they would end up in a concentration camp. This all occurred because at one moment in time, these people possessed unGerman thoughts and ideas. Hitler even implemented the Nazi way of life in each and every school and university. They taught Nazi propaganda as truth. Men who...
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