Turks killed 30,000 Armenians in Adana before the Armenian Genocide

Robert Fisk: New light on an old horror – and still there is no justice
Independent | September 10, 2011

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Use Google News to search Erdogan and follow what is unfolding in Turkey and the Middle East today. The Islamist leader of Turkey is pursuing a neo-Ottoman path to quench his thirsty ego. 

Although Turkey is currently a democracy, much of Erdogan’s behavior and policies are reminescent of Turkey’s Ottoman rulers, as well as those seen from up-and-coming dictators. Here are just a few red flags which have gone up since Erdogan’s reelection:

  • Turkey’s senior military resigned en masse
  • Turkey is imposing stricter censoring of the press and the Internet
  • The Turkish military has killed large numbers of Kurds in Iraq

Now, Erdogan is using the pretext of the Palestinian cause and the Arab Spring as a platform to stir up anti-Israel/anti-Semitic sentiments, to position himself as a democratic visionary for the Middle East. Since Turkey’s poor human rights record within its borders remains an obstacle to its acceptance into the European Union, the Turkish Prime Minister’s credibility as a benevolent leader is more than questionable.

Also, consider the hypocrisy and manipulation of the Erdogan flotilla circus. It is a fact that Turkey has sustained an illegal and crippling blockade of Armenia for nearly two decades. For Erdogan, it is okay for Turkey to blockade the Republic of Armenia (which is not threatening Turkey’s safety), but it is not okay for Israel to blockade Gaza (to prevent trafficking of arms used for terror attacks against Israel).

Furthermore, recent news reports tell of the Turkish government’s plan to return the properties it appropriated from its country’s religious minorities. Yet, despite appeals to the government to return these properties (since these news reports), all ill-begotten lands remain in the hands of the Turkish government.

For Erdogan’s record and Turkey’s responses regarding the Turkish government’s shameful denial of the facts of the Armenian Genocide, search Google. This blog also offers extensive information about the Armenian Genocide and Turkey. (A word of caution: beware of sites hosted by genocide denial groups purporting to provide facts—you can spot one wherever you read the words ‘so-called genocide’).

Erdogan is a genocide denier with an Ottoman-inspired world view. He is exacerbating and exploiting the Middle East’s instability for his own gain. The citizens of the world and our leaders must be vigilant if we are dedicated to peace and a better life for all peoples in the Middle East. It is the responsibility of each and every individual to know our collective history. If we fail to understand the lessons of the past, we will no doubt repeat the pain and suffering of the generations who came before us. Education is empowerment. And, with knowledge we can speak truth to power.

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One Response to Turks killed 30,000 Armenians in Adana before the Armenian Genocide

  1. An Irish Reader says:

    This is slightly off-topic, but there is a historian in Ireland,
    Dr. Pat Walsh, associated with the Athol Books publishing
    group. Athol Books are a group of extremely Anglophobic Irish historians with a complex history, led by a strange man named Brendan Clifford, who was once described online as “Ireland’s
    answer to Lyndon LaRouche ” :

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_and_Irish_Communist_Organisation#cite_note-54

    http://www.indymedia.ie/article/80451

    Dr. Walsh has been working with
    Athol Books since the late 1980s, publishing a book in the early 1990s, “Irish Republicanism and Socialism” attacking the very
    political movements he now supports.

    Pat Walsh has published several books
    including “Forgotten Aspects of Ireland’s Great War on Turkey”
    in 2009, and
    several articles about Turkey in WWI, all with a very
    strong anti-Armenian bias. Walsh’s material has been published on the websites of extreme Turkish nationalists
    such as the Ataturk Society UK.
    Walsh has also attacked Robert Fisk for supporting
    the Armenians and published anti-Armenian material claiming that the true responsibility for the Armenian attacks lies with the British
    government:

    If the deaths of Armenians are seen as ‘genocide’ the power that was most responsible for it was Britain. In the interests of destroying Germany and conquering the Ottoman territories it made the Ottoman State an impossible place for Armenians to live in the space of a few months after they had lived in it peacefully for centuries.

    “Acts of Contrition: Irish and Turkish”.
    Irish Foreign Affairs .April, 2010, Athol Books.

    If you do a web search for “Pat Walsh” and “Armenian
    Genocide”, you will get links to dozens of articles
    by Walsh on anti-Armenian websites. I am not
    aware of any person in the Athol Books group who
    disagrees with Walsh’s anti-Armenian opinions-
    indeed in another Athol magazine, “Labour
    and Trade Union Review” (April 2010), writer Sean McGouran
    makes the false claim that “there appears to have
    been no central plan to exterminate Armenians”
    and later sneers “This operation must have been
    planned well in advance-unlike the Armenian “genocide”.”

    The Athol Books group’s stance on the Armenian issue
    is deeply worrying, as it raises the possibility the group may
    be allied with groups who advocate Armenian genocide denial.

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