Armenian Genocide. Turkey, Republic of, and the Armenian Genocide. Turkey must end its 100 years of genocide denial. Exactly 100 years ago, on 24 April 1915, the Turkish government arrested 250 Armenian intellectuals and cultural leaders in Constantinople, so beginning the Armenian genocide.
From late spring of 1915, massacres were carried out throughout Turkey. What Obama’s Refusal to Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide Tells Us About the U.S. — and the Rest of the World. (This post is from our new blog: Unofficial Sources.)
Today, April 24, 2015, is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Armenian Genocide. During the next several years, about one and a half million Armenians were murdered by the Ottoman Empire: shot, worked to death, or marched into the Syrian desert to starve or die of thirst. An American official who was an eyewitness wrote home, “The whole country [is] one vast charnel house, or, more correctly speaking, slaughterhouse.” For most Americans, this seems like it happened a million years ago on another planet. But as with everything important about history, if you pay attention you’ll realize it was yesterday, two blocks away from where you live.
So what happened is a historical fact, and it shouldn’t be difficult to get presidents and prime ministers to say, “Today we remember the Armenian Genocide.” During Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, he explicitly promised that “as President I will recognize the Armenian Genocide.” Armenian massacres: What happened during the genocide and why does Turkey deny it?
Across eastern Turkey, long columns of Armenians were ambushed by soldiers and Kurdish gangs, who slaughtered them by the hundreds of thousand.
Instructions from provincial Ottoman officials, notably the governor of Diyarbakir province Mehmed Reshid, gave impunity to the attackers, many of whom plundered and looted Armenian property. The killings were carried out under the glare of international publicity, including from missionaries - America was yet to join the war, and dramatic witness accounts of hundreds of people being killed, or even burned alive, appeared in the western press.
Photographs show whole valleys littered with skulls. Armenian historians now claim 1.5 million people were murdered or starved to death in the Syrian deserts. Asked later how as a doctor he justified his policies, Reshid said: “My Turkish identity won out over my profession. Thecostofdenial. ARMENIAN GENOCIDE CENTENNIAL. Turkey, Armenians Dispute ‘Genocide’ Century Later. As the Ottoman Empire was collapsing during World War I, violence on a massive scale resulted in the deaths of up to 1.5 million ethnic Armenians in a campaign of mass expulsion.
The Armenian population in the empire before the war was about 2.1 million. But how to categorize the events is a prickly issue for today’s Turkey. Armenian National Institute. Armenian Genocide denial. Armenian Genocide denial refers to the denial of the genocide against (already systematically discriminated) Armenians committed by the Ottoman Empire under the rule of the Young Turks from 1915 to 1918.
Turkey denies that the Ottomans were responsible for the killing of one million Armenians during World War I, arguing that: The death toll has been inflated; Ethnic violence killed Turks as well; Deportations and death marches were simply "temporarily relocation" of Armenians for "security reasons" (ie. the pesky Armenians were being overtly "rebellious," "hostile," or pro-Russian); and The Ottoman leadership didn't intend to exterminate the Armenians, so it can't be called a "genocide. "  World War I and aftermath Nope, not a genocide!  Recognition Recognition of the Armenian Genocide is a thorny issue since Turkey occupies a very strategic position in the world.  Within Turkey. US academics join rush to deny Turkish massacre of Armenians - World - News - The Independent. Thanks to the diligent work of the Turkish embassy in Washington, a group of passive US congressmen and pro-Turkish academics at several leading American universities, the century's first holocaust - in which 1.5 million Armenians were slaughtered - is being transformed, against all the evidence to the contrary, into a mere side-effect of the First World War rather than a deliberate act of race persecution.
Barely an hour after The Independent had telephoned an American public relations company which is bidding to work for the Turkish government,documents was delivered to my Washington hotel, all of them purporting to prove that the Ottoman Turks never set out to slaughter 1.5 million Armenians in 1915. Armenian Genocide denial. The denial of the Armenian Genocide is the assertion that the Armenian Genocide did not occur in the manner or to the extent described by scholarship.
Denial of the Armenian Genocide may be either forbidden or enforced in some countries. Turkey Will Continue to Deny an Armenian Genocide. Historical evidence indicates that during World War I, Ottoman leaders — specifically Mehmet Talat, Ismail Enver and Ahmet Cemal, the Young Turk triumvirate — decided to eliminate Anatolia’s Armenians.
On April 24, 1915, the day before Britain and France attacked at Gallipoli, some 250 Armenian notables in Istanbul were arrested, packed into trains and sent to join the hundreds of thousands of other Armenians soon to be massacred or driven out to their deaths in the Syrian desert. Children were kidnapped. Property was seized. Many people were shot dead. Many died of thirst. The Burning Tigris The Armenian Genocide and America's Response. Fires of Hatred Ethnic Cleansing in Twentieth-Century Europe. The Armenian Journey - A Story Of An Armenian Genocide.