There are few things I feel as passionately about as the recognition and truth of the Armenian Genocide. I’ve come across many people in my life, both those who I love dearly as friends/family, and those who I’ve met as strangers in other countries who deny the Genocide by either claiming: 1) It was a justified measure of violence taken against Armenians who were rebelling and/or violently opposing the Turkish state 2) The Ottoman Empire had nothing to do with the massacre of Armenians, it was merely the newly “secularized” Turkish Republic and the Young Turks aka the Committee of Union and Progress - completely ignoring the Hamidian Massacres ordered by Sultan Abdul Hamid II or 3) That there was no genocide at all.
Let me get this straight. I do not despite Turkish people. That is not aligned with my faith or my morals. Neither do I necessarily despise the Turkish state. What I do despise is this false ideology and fabricated history literally written by Attaturk himself. I despise sympathizers of the perpetrators of the Armenian Genocide and the Hamidian Massacres. I despise all those who justify and sympathize Turkish insurrection against innocent Armenians throughout Anatolia .
Please, if any of you still have any doubts of the Armenian Genocide, message me and we can discuss your questions further. The most repulsive thing for me is that people are still convinced of this denial narrative the Turkish state has put forward from the very beginning (denial of Genocide & censorship of news beginning in 1916 with “official narratives” being published). There was no “war.” There was killing. Complicated, systematic, centralized killing.
If any of you hesitate to say the word Genocide, as our past American presidents have, I urge you to please educate yourselves. And perhaps start with lead Turkish scholar, Taner Akçam’s work on Talat Pasha’s official killing orders. The truth is, Turkish and Ottoman history is bloody, and all turko/ottoman-philes should be aware of the full history. Of all the genocides committed in the world, the Armenian Genocide is the one that stands out because of its active denial. The Holocaust, the Rwandan Genocide, Kosovo, have been recognized. A state cannot go on to live in impunity. And this false narrative affects the minds of all so deeply believe it. If anything, ideology is the root of all differentiation, then discrimination, then acts of genocide.
So please, let’s talk.