Beware of those rewriting history:
Armenian Martyrs’ Day
Denialists of all stripes, from US and EU officials who find turkey’s past “annoying”, to the turks themselves who believe such raids were justified to “pick up deserters” (yeah, little old men, deserters. right.) have managed to decrease the general public’s awareness of these atrocities. But they happened. There was no Photoshop in 1915. All of the horrible pictures you see here are real.
Turkey has funded the $750,000 Chair for Ataturk Studies at Princeton University. Two years ago at PU there was a debate on the subject
In FrontPage Mag: Armenia’s Tears
Q. Most readers are not familiar with the historical background, so could you briefly review the Abdul Hamit era, and the triumvirate of the Young Turks or the Ittihad, in other words, the origin of the genocide.
A. The Armenian genocide was the culmination of a decades long process of persecution of the Armenians in the Ottoman empire. That persecution was punctuated in the last two decades of the 19th century during the reign of Sultan Abdul Hamit, the so-called Red Sultan.
Q. Red for blood?
A. Yes. In the period of 1894-1896, some quarter of a million Armenians fell victim, directly and indirectly, victim to a series of atrocious massacres, and what is significant about these pogroms was that there was no retribution against the perpetrators. In other words, impunity became the hallmark of the history of the Armenian persecution and it is the dominant feature of the tragedy of the Armenian people. We have yet to appreciate the incredible ramifications of the problem of impunity in international conflicts. In the most recent three volume Encyclopedia of Genocide, I have a separate article analyzing this problem in order to emphasize [its] immense destructive potential.
And what does that have to do with today’s events?
I believe that the greatest danger to Armenia comes from Islamic Turkey. I think the Turkish government that is also essentially Islamic, even though the Turkish government is going through the motions of embracing European values, I call this expedient adaptiveness. That is, to accede to the European Union, and then to use sheer demography, to become a dominant force in the future in Europe. By sheer demography, I mean by rapid population growth, Europe may be inundated by Moslem Turks, who then are bound to change the nature and design of European civilization. It should be noted that the present Turkish government is a reflection of an overwhelming ascendancy of Islam in Turkey, in particular in terms of the Islamic Turkish masses, The proliferation of mosques in Turkey today is a signpost of the ascendancy of Islam; the same proliferation is observable in those European countries with sizable and growing Muslim populations.
Jeremayakovka looks at “The Battle of Algiers” – A Black & White Blueprint For Full-Color Fauxtography