“We will not allow historical incidents to be taken out of their genuine context, and be used as a tool to campaign against our country,” are the words said by the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan after Pope Francis urged the Christian European Lieders to recognize the killing of “up to 1.5 million Armenians”[sic] by the Ottoman Empire soldiers in 1915 as “the first genocide of the twentieth century”. Not only that, but His Holiness urged the international community to recognize it as such. His choice of words sparked a diplomatic slap with Turkey, prompting Ankara to immediately recall its ambassador to the Vatican. That was almost nothing compared with what followed.
The European Parliament voted the killing as a genocide, especially since the Armenian lobby everywhere commemorates one hundred years from that troubled moments.
European Parliament President Martin Schulz told Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu on April 17 he “understands” Ankara’s reaction to that vote calling the 1915 mass killing of Armenians a genocide, but he wasn’t there when his companions voted.
Turkish official view now is that both Turkish and Armenians lost their lives in the war against the Tzarist Empire (in opposed armies, of course). It was only a chess move on the world map, during the first World War, the Russians only wanted control over the eastern Anatolia, so the Armenian male population joined the Tzar’s army against their own hosts only because they were Christians. So, the Ottomans ordered a mass deportation of the remaining Armenians, mostly women, old people and kids. “Go to Russia if you like it more than here!” were they ordered by the authorities. There were organized convoys and they were escorted to the borders. On their way, the convoys were attacked by Kurdish hordes living in the zone, in what some troublemakers consider even today, as Kurdistan. The Ottomans let them be, and maybe that was their main mistake, they haven’t protected the women from being raped. A lot of them also died from thirst.
There was also a matter of numbers. It is estimated that the deaths number in that convoys wasn’t greater than three-four hundred thousand, but the Armenians claimed first that the number was around four million. Anyway, even ten thousand is a lot, so the Armenian are right on pretending the recognition of a genocide, and I’ll tell you why. It is because genocide means extermination of a whole population, and if the remaining population of a certain ethnicity is one person, the killing of that last one person represents genocide.
Turks are not Ottomans. It’s been a hundred years. It was war. A la guerre comme à la guerre. I have seen mixed in the pictures presented as propaganda for the genocide recognition also pictures from the Ukraine’s Holodomor, where again, a whole population was forced to starvation by Stalin’s army. That was the second genocide of the past century (considering His Holiness words), or maybe the third (if you take the tentative to exterminate the Jews from Europe by both Stalin and Hitler). But killing four million people and not quite exterminating all the Ukrainians can count as genocide? They weren’t shot, they weren’t raped. They were just left to starve to death. In the mean time, Stalin is not even condemned, his name is commercially used for various vodka brands.
Germans are avoiding the term “genocide” referring to the 1915 killings, and the Americans as well. They say that it’s diplomatic to not bother their allies because they still have wars to fight. It smells like a bluff on a great scale.
The Ukrainians are busy with their archenemies, the Russians, and the Turks will support an eventual attack on their fellow Syrian Muslims, because it doesn’t matter they are Muslims, they are harboring the Islamic State and for that they have to pay, with or without Putin’s arbitrage, with or without the other European puppets taking sides in an improbable Slavic war.
Turkish President Erdoğan declared before any European vote regarding the “genocide” that he will ignore the result. What else to do? Some German Member of the European Parliament said that it was a “moral obligation” to recognize and commemorate such massacres, because his own people “committed genocides”. Turkish authorities don’t want to follow the German precedent, but it’s just a matter of time. Mr. Erdoğan looks tough but he and his government still depends on America, because without its cover, Turkey will be different. Many think that it can be for better.
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