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Thread: ARMENIAN GENOCIDE OF 1915 - IT IS TIME TO ACKOWLEDGE ATROCITIES OF TURKS

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    Sen. Carl Levin commemorates Genocide

    Published: Tuesday May 24, 2011

    Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barrack Obama share a common flaw - honesty. All three U.S. presidents lied in fulfilling their campaign pledges they would recognize the 1915 genocide of the Armenian people at the hands of the Ottoman Turkish government.

    But there's more. Twice when a House vote on a genocide resolution was headed for a floor vote, the then Speakers of the House Dennis Hastert, a conservative Illinois Republican, and Nancy Pelosi, a liberal California Democrat, scuttled a vote that was certain to prevail on the genocide issue during their leadership terms.

    In his successful run for the White House in 2008 Obama assured Armenians "he would be the kind of president to recognize the 1915 genocide of 1.5 million Armenians." Yet when he issued his subsequent April 24 tributes to the Armenian people, he played a word game by not mentioning genocide - instead coughing up an old term that expresses a massive tragedy long before the term "genocide" was defined by the United Nations Commission on Genocide.

    In the aftermath of Obama's latest retreat to the Turkish lobby in the U.S. State Department, and Pelosi's shameful capitulation after pledging to California Armenians she was on the side of truth, should we just abandon the genocide issue? Emphatically no.

    If we do, as individuals or organizations, then shame on all Armenian Americans. As the descendants of the survivors we must not quit in our efforts. While a distinguished array of supporting Democrats and Republicans in Congress addressed the 97th observance of Ottoman Turkey's crime against humanity, one such person was Michigan U.S. Senator Carl Levin.

    I first met the Detroit Democrat in 1969 when he won a seat on Detroit's city council. Through the years our paths crossed often in my role as a newspaper reporter covering local politics. By 1978 Levin was on his way to the United States Senate - and he retained his quest of justice for the Armenian people.
    Last Sept. 10, after reading a copy of the memoir about the search for my Aunt Parancim and my family roots in the Keghi, Erzeroum and Moush regions of Turkish-held Armenia, the senator wrote a letter that I treasure for its motivating message.

    In his personal expression, the chairman of the Senate Armed Forces Committee wrote: "Mitch, thanks for sending me "Giants of the Earth."

    "It is a compelling, deeply moving, honest memoir - a tribute to Armenians lost in the genocide. I intend to refer to it when I speak in support of a resolution recognizing and memorializing the events you recount for what they were - a genocide. Best, Carl"

    Though the Senate was in recess for Easter Week and the April 24 observance, Levin was a man of his pledge when he issued his May 9 Armenian genocide statement on the Senate floor. The senator said: "We also remember the Armenian genocide when Turkish Ottoman authorities ordered the rounding up and detention of hundreds of Armenian intellectuals . What followed between 1915 and 1923 was an organized campaign that resulted in the deaths of over 1.5 million Armenians."

    Journalist Tom Mooradian, author of "The Repatriate," a chilling account of 13 years he spent exiled behind the Iron Curtain, says the massacre of Armenians during the genocide actually resulted in the "potential population growth loss of more than seven million. We should be a nation of 10 million Armenians by now. But our national birth rate was stunted by the genocide."

    Levin also stressed that "while the horrific abuses suffered by the Armenians have been described as the first genocide of the 20th Century." he added that the Ottoman Turkish regime's systematic engagement in the killing and deportation of the Armenian population cannot be denied."

    While he points out that "these acts were not committed by the present Republic of Turkey," the truth-seeking senator emphasizes "some have sought to deny that these events constituted genocide."
    Levin's position on denial of the 1915 genocide is a clear message to Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama - and the pro Turkish lobby in the U.S. State Department.

    By the 100th observance of the April 24 genocide Armenians worldwide need to rally under one banner of justice to force Turkey to admit to its past crimes against the Armenians - and a U.S. president who will speak truthfullly for justice and uphold his or her pledge on the April 24, 1915 genocide.

    Why does present-day Turkey still deny the truth? The United Nations Commission on Genocide ruled that penalties on the crime of genocide are not binded by a time limit. For Armenia that means reparations and territory illegally seized during the genocide and deportations.

    That's why Turkey refuses to admit it was genocide.

    So-called modern Turkey's greatest allies in denying the genocide have been the last three liars to occupy the White House.

    When Time Magazine named Carl Levin one of the 10 best senators it cited the "senator's respect from both parties for his attention to detail and deep knowledge of policy."

    We need more Carl Levins in Congress.

    Mitch Kehetian
    Detroit

    Kehetian is the retired editor of The Macomb Daily, and author of "Giants of the Earth" a recently published memoir on his 1969 mission into barren Turkish-held Armenia.

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    Sen. Carl Levin commemorates Genocide

    Published: Tuesday May 24, 2011

    Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barrack Obama share a common flaw - honesty. All three U.S. presidents lied in fulfilling their campaign pledges they would recognize the 1915 genocide of the Armenian people at the hands of the Ottoman Turkish government.

    But there's more. Twice when a House vote on a genocide resolution was headed for a floor vote, the then Speakers of the House Dennis Hastert, a conservative Illinois Republican, and Nancy Pelosi, a liberal California Democrat, scuttled a vote that was certain to prevail on the genocide issue during their leadership terms.

    In his successful run for the White House in 2008 Obama assured Armenians "he would be the kind of president to recognize the 1915 genocide of 1.5 million Armenians." Yet when he issued his subsequent April 24 tributes to the Armenian people, he played a word game by not mentioning genocide - instead coughing up an old term that expresses a massive tragedy long before the term "genocide" was defined by the United Nations Commission on Genocide.

    In the aftermath of Obama's latest retreat to the Turkish lobby in the U.S. State Department, and Pelosi's shameful capitulation after pledging to California Armenians she was on the side of truth, should we just abandon the genocide issue? Emphatically no.

    If we do, as individuals or organizations, then shame on all Armenian Americans. As the descendants of the survivors we must not quit in our efforts. While a distinguished array of supporting Democrats and Republicans in Congress addressed the 97th observance of Ottoman Turkey's crime against humanity, one such person was Michigan U.S. Senator Carl Levin.

    I first met the Detroit Democrat in 1969 when he won a seat on Detroit's city council. Through the years our paths crossed often in my role as a newspaper reporter covering local politics. By 1978 Levin was on his way to the United States Senate - and he retained his quest of justice for the Armenian people.
    Last Sept. 10, after reading a copy of the memoir about the search for my Aunt Parancim and my family roots in the Keghi, Erzeroum and Moush regions of Turkish-held Armenia, the senator wrote a letter that I treasure for its motivating message.

    In his personal expression, the chairman of the Senate Armed Forces Committee wrote: "Mitch, thanks for sending me "Giants of the Earth."

    "It is a compelling, deeply moving, honest memoir - a tribute to Armenians lost in the genocide. I intend to refer to it when I speak in support of a resolution recognizing and memorializing the events you recount for what they were - a genocide. Best, Carl"

    Though the Senate was in recess for Easter Week and the April 24 observance, Levin was a man of his pledge when he issued his May 9 Armenian genocide statement on the Senate floor. The senator said: "We also remember the Armenian genocide when Turkish Ottoman authorities ordered the rounding up and detention of hundreds of Armenian intellectuals . What followed between 1915 and 1923 was an organized campaign that resulted in the deaths of over 1.5 million Armenians."

    Journalist Tom Mooradian, author of "The Repatriate," a chilling account of 13 years he spent exiled behind the Iron Curtain, says the massacre of Armenians during the genocide actually resulted in the "potential population growth loss of more than seven million. We should be a nation of 10 million Armenians by now. But our national birth rate was stunted by the genocide."

    Levin also stressed that "while the horrific abuses suffered by the Armenians have been described as the first genocide of the 20th Century." he added that the Ottoman Turkish regime's systematic engagement in the killing and deportation of the Armenian population cannot be denied."

    While he points out that "these acts were not committed by the present Republic of Turkey," the truth-seeking senator emphasizes "some have sought to deny that these events constituted genocide."
    Levin's position on denial of the 1915 genocide is a clear message to Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama - and the pro Turkish lobby in the U.S. State Department.

    By the 100th observance of the April 24 genocide Armenians worldwide need to rally under one banner of justice to force Turkey to admit to its past crimes against the Armenians - and a U.S. president who will speak truthfullly for justice and uphold his or her pledge on the April 24, 1915 genocide.

    Why does present-day Turkey still deny the truth? The United Nations Commission on Genocide ruled that penalties on the crime of genocide are not binded by a time limit. For Armenia that means reparations and territory illegally seized during the genocide and deportations.

    That's why Turkey refuses to admit it was genocide.

    So-called modern Turkey's greatest allies in denying the genocide have been the last three liars to occupy the White House.

    When Time Magazine named Carl Levin one of the 10 best senators it cited the "senator's respect from both parties for his attention to detail and deep knowledge of policy."

    We need more Carl Levins in Congress.

    Mitch Kehetian
    Detroit

    Kehetian is the retired editor of The Macomb Daily, and author of "Giants of the Earth" a recently published memoir on his 1969 mission into barren Turkish-held Armenia.

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    Originally posted by OldE:
    Were those Ottoman animals special? Why such an atrocity is still not being recognized as a genocide?

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by iperson:
    It's interesting to note, OldE, how you seem to be diverting attention from atrocities committed by the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan in the 2000's by posting about Turkish atrocities in 1915.
    I suggest you ponder that, because between 1915 and 2000 there were many more atrocious crimes happen than those of and by Turks, including the Katyn massacre. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    It's interesting to note how you try to divert attention by implying that the massacre committed by Turks should be forgotten altogether.

    Are you on the payroll of Turkish Government and its' affiliates or what?
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    http://www.armenian-genocide.org/genocidefaq.html


    What is the Armenian Genocide?

    The atrocities committed against the Armenian people of the Ottoman Empire during W.W.I are called the Armenian Genocide. Genocide is the organized killing of a people for the express purpose of putting an end to their collective existence. Because of its scope, genocide requires central planning and a machinery to implement it. This makes genocide the quintessential state crime as only a government has the resources to carry out such a scheme of destruction. The Armenian Genocide was centrally planned and administered by the Turkish government against the entire Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire. It was carried out during W.W.I between the years 1915 and 1918. The Armenian people were subjected to deportation, expropriation, abduction, torture, massacre, and starvation. The great bulk of the Armenian population was forcibly removed from Armenia and Anatolia to Syria, where the vast majority was sent into the desert to die of thirst and hunger. Large numbers of Armenians were methodically massacred throughout the Ottoman Empire. Women and children were abducted and horribly abused. The entire wealth of the Armenian people was expropriated. After only a little more than a year of calm at the end of W.W.I, the atrocities were renewed between 1920 and 1923, and the remaining Armenians were subjected to further massacres and expulsions. In 1915, thirty-three years before UN Genocide Convention was adopted, the Armenian Genocide was condemned by the international community as a crime against humanity.


    Who was responsible for the Armenian Genocide? [top of list]
    The decision to carry out a genocide against the Armenian people was made by the political party in power in the Ottoman Empire. This was the Committee of Union and Progress (CUP) (or Ittihad ve Terakki Jemiyeti), popularly known as the Young Turks. Three figures from the CUP controlled the government; Mehmet Talaat, Minister of the Interior in 1915 and Grand Vizier (Prime Minister) in 1917; Ismail Enver, Minister of War; Ahmed Jemal, Minister of the Marine and Military Governor of Syria. This Young Turk triumvirate relied on other members of the CUP appointed to high government posts and assigned to military commands to carry out the Armenian Genocide. In addition to the Ministry of War and the Ministry of the Interior, the Young Turks also relied on a newly-created secret outfit which they manned with convicts and irregular troops, called the Special Organization (Teshkilati Mahsusa). Its primary function was the carrying out of the mass slaughter of the deported Armenians. In charge of the Special Organization was Behaeddin Shakir, a medical doctor. Moreover, ideologists such as Zia Gokalp propagandized through the media on behalf of the CUP by promoting Pan-Turanism, the creation of a new empire stretching from Anatolia into Central Asia whose population would be exclusively Turkic. These concepts justified and popularized the secret CUP plans to liquidate the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire. The Young Turk conspirators, other leading figures of the wartime Ottoman government, members of the CUP Central Committee, and many provincial administrators responsible for atrocities against the Armenians were indicted for their crimes at the end of the war. The main culprits evaded justice by fleeing the country. Even so, they were tried in absentia and found guilty of capital crimes. The massacres, expulsions, and further mistreatment of the Armenians between 1920 and 1923 were carried by the Turkish Nationalists, who represented a new political movement opposed to the Young Turks, but who shared a common ideology of ethnic exclusivity.


    How many people died in the Armenian Genocide? [top of list]
    It is estimated that one and a half million Armenians perished between 1915 and 1923. There were an estimated two million Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire on the eve of W.W.I. Well over a million were deported in 1915. Hundreds of thousands were butchered outright. Many others died of starvation, exhaustion, and epidemics which ravaged the concentration camps. Among the Armenians living along the periphery of the Ottoman Empire many at first escaped the fate of their countrymen in the central provinces of Turkey. Tens of thousands in the east fled to the Russian border to lead a precarious existence as refugees. The majority of the Armenians in Constantinople, the capital city, were spared deportation. In 1918, however, the Young Turk regime took the war into the Caucasus, where approximately 1,800,000 Armenians lived under Russian dominion. Ottoman forces advancing through East Armenia and Azerbaijan here too engaged in systematic massacres. The expulsions and massacres carried by the Nationalist Turks between 1920 and 1922 added tens of thousands of more victims. By 1923 the entire landmass of Asia Minor and historic West Armenia had been expunged of its Armenian population. The destruction of the Armenian communities in this part of the world was total.


    Were there witnesses to the Armenian Genocide? [top of list]
    There were many witnesses to the Armenian Genocide. Although the Young Turk government took precautions and imposed restrictions on reporting and photographing, there were lots of foreigners in the Ottoman Empire who witnessed the deportations. Foremost among them were U.S. diplomatic representatives and American missionaries. They were first to send news to the outside world about the unfolding genocide. Some of their reports made headline news in the American and Western media. Also reporting on the atrocities committed against the Armenians were many German eyewitnesses. The Germans were allies of the Turks in W.W.I. Numerous German officers held important military assignments in the Ottoman Empire. Some among them condoned the Young Turk policy. Others confidentially reported to their superiors in Germany about the slaughter of the Armenian civilian population. Many Russians saw for themselves the devastation wreaked upon the Armenian communities when the Russian Army occupied parts of Anatolia. Many Arabs in Syria where most of the deportees were sent saw for themselves the appalling condition to which the Armenian survivors had been reduced. Lastly, many Turkish officials were witnesses as participants in the Armenian Genocide. A number of them gave testimony under oath during the post-war tribunals convened to try the Young Turk conspirators who organized the Armenian Genocide.


    What was the response of the international community to the Armenian Genocide? [top of list]
    The international community condemned the Armenian Genocide. In May 1915, Great Britain, France, and Russia advised the Young Turk leaders that they would be held personally responsible for this crime against humanity. There was a strong public outcry in the United States against the mistreatment of the Armenians. At the end of the war, the Allied victors demanded that the Ottoman government prosecute the Young Turks accused of wartime crimes. Relief efforts were also mounted to save "the starving Armenians." The American, British, and German governments sponsored the preparation of reports on the atrocities and numerous accounts were published. On the other hand, despite the moral outrage of the international community, no strong actions were taken against the Ottoman Empire either to sanction its brutal policies or to salvage the Armenian people from the grip of extermination. Moreover, no steps were taken to require the postwar Turkish governments to make restitution to the Armenian people for their immense material and human losses.


    Why is the Armenian Genocide commemorated on April 24? [top of list]
    On the night of April 24, 1915, the Turkish government placed under arrest over 200 Armenian community leaders in Constantinople. Hundreds more were apprehended soon after. They were all sent to prison in the interior of Anatolia, where most were summarily executed. The Young Turk regime had long been planning the Armenian Genocide and reports of atrocities being committed against the Armenians in the eastern war zones had been filtering in during the first months of 1915. The Ministry of War had already acted on the government's plan by disarming the Armenian recruits in the Ottoman Army, reducing them to labor battalions and working them under conditions equaling slavery. The incapacitation and methodic reduction of the Armenian male population, as well as the summary arrest and execution of the Armenian leadership marked the earliest stages of the Armenian Genocide. These acts were committed under the cover of a news blackout on account of the war and the government proceeded to implement its plans to liquidate the Armenian population with secrecy. Therefore, the Young Turks regime's true intentions went undetected until the arrests of April 24. As the persons seized that night included the most prominent public figures of the Armenian community in the capital city of the Ottoman Empire, everyone was alerted about the dimensions of the policies being entertained and implemented by the Turkish government. Their death presaged the murder of an ancient civilization. April 24 is, therefore, commemorated as the date of the unfolding of the Armenian Genocide.


    Are the Armenian massacres acknowledged today as a Genocide according to the United Nations Genocide Convention? [top of list]
    The United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide describes genocide as "acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group." Clearly this definition applies in the case of the atrocities committed against the Armenians. Because the U.N. Convention was adopted in 1948, thirty years after the Armenian Genocide, Armenians worldwide have sought from their respective governments formal acknowledgment of the crimes committed during W.W.I. Countries like France, Argentina, Greece, and Russia, where the survivors of the Armenian Genocide and their descendants live, have officially recognized the Armenian Genocide. However, as a matter of policy, the present-day Republic of Turkey adamantly denies that a genocide was committed against the Armenians during W.W.I. Moreover, Turkey dismisses the evidence about the atrocities as mere allegations and regularly obstructs efforts for acknowledgment. Affirming the truth about the Armenian Genocide, therefore, has become an issue of international significance. The recurrence of genocide in the twentieth century has made the reaffirmation of the historic acknowledgment of the criminal mistreatment of the Armenians by Turkey all the more a compelling obligation for the international community.
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    You have to wonder. What goes through the minds of people doing the things done. It's one thing to defend. Quite another to make a spectacle of your enemies demise. Heads on sticks or piled in a heap, the people who did those things are what sort in civilized society. This like similar events illustrates the simple fact there are monsters amongst us waiting for an opportunity to manifest their imagination.
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    It was done by the government of so called "Young Turks", triumvirate of three pashas, headed by Talat. What was done then was no different from what was done later by Hitler. However, such act of massacre is still not recognized as genocide, due to vehement protests of current Turkish state.
    You are very right about those monsters lurking around. And i am not one to not call it it what it was. Genocide it was.
    Come next April, remember it. Call or email your Congressman and request that they vote to recognize this crime against humanity for what it was !
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