Taro Aso is the Deputy Prime Minister of Japan who delivered a controversial speech in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Tuesday. His words seemed to have suggested that the representative is praising the leadership of the Nazi head Adolf Hitler by saying he “had right motives.” The Hitler comment didn’t go unnoticed, and a U.S. Jewish group demanded solutions.
The Hitler Comment Was an Attempt to Underline the Traits of Political History
On Tuesday, Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso addressed to his fellow lawmakers of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party in a speech. However, at some point, the official intended to make politicians realize that they would go down in history for their results and not motivations for taking certain actions.
To better underline his message, Aso resorted to an example from the international history. His choice stopped at World War Two and one of its main players, Adolf Hitler. People use this historic character as an example of what happens when a bad leader gains supreme power in a totalitarian regime. However, Aso made a reference to Hitler in order to show how history masks good intentions and brings forth the bad outcomes only.
“Hitler, who killed millions of people, is no good even if his motive was right.”
Taro Aso Retracted the Controversial Claim He Made in His Speech
As a consequence, Aso’s Hitler comment sparked large uproar. The opposition that consists of Democratic Party used this speech to question his capability to accomplish two major roles at the same time. Taro Aso is both deputy prime minister and minister of finance.
A day after his controversial speech, Taro Aso released a statement through which he made public his true view on Hitler. With this occasion, he admitted that the Nazi leader was guilty of numerous crimes and he also retracted his comment.
Therefore, the Japanese conservative claimed that his Tuesday message wasn’t in tune with his personal feelings. Instead, the message attempted to underline the effect of history which only caused misunderstanding.
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