The late Christopher Hitchens on Turkey’s Armenian Genocide denial

January 2, 2012

In December 2011, the world lost the brilliant voice of Christopher Hitchens. Earlier this evening I came across this article Hitchens wrote for Slate Magazine (Slate.com) in April 2010:

Shut Up About Armenians or We’ll Hurt Them Again
Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan’s latest sinister threat.
Slate.com | April 5, 2010

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Thoughts about Armenian Genocide denial

April 12, 2010

In his Slate article, Christopher Hitchens writes:

“April is the cruelest month for the people of Armenia, who every year at this season have to suffer a continuing tragedy and a humiliation. The tragedy is that of commemorating the huge number of their ancestors who were exterminated by the Ottoman Muslim caliphate in a campaign of state-planned mass murder that began in April 1915. The humiliation is of hearing, year after year, that the Turkish authorities simply deny that these appalling events ever occurred or that the killings constituted ‘genocide’.”

But, the more I read, the more I’m beginning to think that the Turkish government is humiliating its own countrymen and further damaging its country’s reputation in the eyes of the world. Armenians don’t need Turkey to validate our history. We know what happened, as does most of the world.

The problem is that denial of the Armenian Genocide is hurtful and harmful. It is my sincerest wish that the remaining Armenian Genocide survivors could hear Turkey’s apology in their lifetime. But, that is not realistic. Especially, as long as nations, including the United States, Great Britain and Israel continue to look the other way as Turkey continues its multi-million dollar annual campaign to spread disinformation. The leaders of the world must muster up their moral courage and stand up to Turkey (as President Obama had promised he would when he was Senator Obama).

Read Hitchen’s article:

Shut Up About Armenians or We’ll Hurt Them Again—Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan’s latest sinister threat
Slate | April 5, 2010



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