Today, it is 100 years since the Armenian Genocide in April 1915.
The Ottoman Empire forced Armenian civilians out of their country, marching them to prison camps and murdered as much as 1,5 million people. Christian Armenian men, woman and kids were killed, but Turkey and the United States still does not officially recognize the tragedy as a genocide.
What in the world is going on here?
(A telegram sent by Ambassador Henry Morgenthau, Sr, to the State Department on 16 July 1915 describes the massacres as a “campaign of race extermination”.)
The Armenian Genocide is also known as Armenian Holocaust, the Armenian massacres and, traditionally by Armenians, as Medz Yeghern («Great Crime»). The Ottoman Empire started the Genocide on 24 April 1915, arrested and executed some 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople.
The genocide was carried out during and after World War I and implemented in two phrases; the wholesale killing of the able-bodied male population through massacre and subjection of army conscripts to forced, followed by the deportation of woman, children, the elderly and infirm on death marches leading to the Syrian desert.
Driven forward by military escorts, the deportees were deprived of food and water and subjected to periodic robbery, rape, and massacre.
Raphael Lemkin was explicitly moved by the Armenian annihilation to coin the word genocide in 1943 and 1944 and define systematic and premeditated exterminations within legal parameters.
The Armenian Genocide is acknowledged to have been one of the first modern genocides.
It is because scholars point to the organized manner in which the killings were carried out in order to eliminate the Armenians, and it is the seconds most-studied case of genocide after the Holocaust. To date, 23 countries have officially recognized the mass killings as genocide.
(Of this photo, the United States ambassador wrote, “Scenes like this were common all over the Armenian provinces, in the spring and summer months of 1915. Death in its several forms—massacre, starvation, exhaustion—destroyed the larger part of the refugees. The Turkish policy was that of extermination under the guise of deportation)”
Pope Francis spoke at the Vatican a few days ago to mark the centenary of the slaughter, and said it is «widely considered the first genocide of the 20th century». A quote from Pope John Paul II, who said some of the same words in 2001, but Pope Francis said more;
Equating the destruction of the Armenians to the Nazi Holocaust and the Soviet bloodbath under Stalin. But that`s not all. He also linked the genocidal Ottoman assault on Armenia, the World`s oldest Christian nation, with the epidemic of violence against Christians today, especially by such radical Islamist terror groups as ISIS, Boko Haram, and Al Shabab.
Turkey reacted angrily.
The Turkish foreign minister denounced the pope for fueling «hatred and animosity» with his «unfounded allegations.» The Turkish government denied, and to this day, the use of the word «genocide» to describe the killing of the Armenian is a criminal offence in Turkey.
Some Turkish authorities claim it is an international conspiracy against them. Someone who look like friends, but want to kill them. The Turkish Prime Minister claim that the Pope are joining a conspiracy of an evil front against Turkey.
Tayyip Erdogan blocked Twitter and Facebook last year. Turkey is one of the strictest internet censors in the world. Erdogan said the social media is the worst menace to society.
Hundreds of eyewitnesses, including the neutral United States and the Ottoman Empire’s own allies, Germany and Austria-Hungary, recorded and documented numerous acts of state-sponsored massacres.
Photographs exist that may suggest the Germans participated in the mass killing. One photograph shows two unidentified German army officers standing amidst human remains. The discovery of this photograph prompted English journalist Robert Fisk to draw a direct line from the Armenian Genocide to the Holocaust.
The powerful Ottoman interior minister during World War I, certainly didn`t disguise his objective. «The Government… has decided to destroy completely all the indicated (Armenians) persons living in Turkey,» he brusquely reminded officials in Aleppo in a September 1915 dispatch. «An end must be put to their existence… and no regard must be paid to either age or sex, or to conscientious scruples.»
(Mehmed Serif Pasha was a prominent member of the Young Turk government who, in a New York Times article dated 10 October 1915, condemned the massacres and declared that the Armenians were being “annihilated” due to CUP’s policies).
Eitan Belkind was a Nili member who infiltrated the Ottoman army as an official. He was assigned to the headquarters of kamal Pasha. He claims to have witnessed the burning of 5,000 Armenians. Lt. Hasan Maruf of the Ottoman army describes how a population of a village were taken all together and then burned. Vahakn Dadrian wrote that 80,000 Armenians in 90 villages across the Mus plain were burned in «stables and haylofts».
Trabzon was the main city in Trabzon province; Oscar S. Heizer, the American consul at Trabzon, reported: “This plan did not suit Nail Bey… Many of the children were loaded into boats and taken out to sea and thrown overboard”. (This exactly whats going on in Libya today).
Dr. Ziya Fuad and Dr. Adnan, public health services director of Trabzon, submitted affidavits reporting cases in which two school buildings were used to organize children and send them to the mezzanine to kill them with toxic gas equipment.
Jeremy Hugh Baron writes: “Individual doctors were directly involved in the massacres, having poisoned infants, killed children and issued false certificates of death from natural causes.
About 2 million Armenian lived in the country in 1914 (before the genocide started). By 1918, 10 percent was left. Many was killed while others fled for their lives. The percentage of non-Muslims in Turkey fell from 19 percent in 1914 to 2,5 percent in 1927. Less than 0,2 percent is non-Muslims in Turkey at the moment.
Turkey is now a secular state with no official state religion. Islam is the dominant religion of Turkey with 99,8 percent of the population being registered as Muslim. That`s more than Iran at 99,4 percent.
The Armenians were not only victims of genocide, but also of jihad. The jihadists of 1915 murdered «bishops, priests, religious men and woman, the elderly and defenseless children and the infirm.
Eyewitnesses want to remind us that the jihadist savagery of ISIS and Al Qaeda is not an innovation.
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