Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Armnenian "Genocide" 1915

The University of Minnesota’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies has compiled figures by province and district that show there were 2,133,190 Armenians in the empire in 1914 and only about 387,800 by 1922.
Post 1914????

Hence, one can not deny that:
  1. Horrible killing happened in the Eastern Anatolia and some of the states in which Armenians had a significant presence.
  2. Young Turks were extremely brutal in Anatolia, Middle East, Egypt and Arabia
  1.   The declaration of the genocide is a political move to benefit of the 100th memory of the massacre.
  2.   The Turkish denial is a political/financial defensive position because they already signed cooperation protocols in 2009
  3.   The Arabic support in some countries is not reasonable but politically and ideologically motivated by some of the Islamist movements aligning with current Turkey.

So it is a war between the Young Turks and Eastern Anatolia Armenians. Why it was converted into Ottoman Empire Defense? I guess the main challenge to the Genocide in some countries in 2015 (especially in Lebanon was motivated by political ideologies not by historical facts). 

Wilson puts it in a concise and short blurb (
"The region that was called "Ottoman Armenia," the "Six Vilâyets" of Sivas, Mamüretülaziz, Diyarbakir, Bitlis, Van, and Erzurum, was only 17% Armenian. It was 78% Muslim. This was to have important consequences for the Armenian revolution, because the only way to create the "Armenia" the revolutionaries wanted was to expel the Muslims who lived there."

The New York Times reported that: "The Young Turks, who called themselves the Committee of Unity and Progress, launched a set of measures against the Armenians, including a law authorizing the military and government to deport anyone they “sensed” was a security threat. (they did the same in the Arabic Middle East as well) (…/times…/topics_armeniangenocide.html)

Third, the greatest cost to villagers was the forced purchase of guns. The villagers were turned into rebel "soldiers," whether they wished to be or not. If they were to fight the Turks, they needed weapons. The revolutionaries smuggled weapons from Russia and forced the Armenian villagers to buy. The methods used to force the villagers to buy were very effective, as British consul Seele reported:
"An agent arrived in a certain village and informed a villager that he must buy a Mauser pistol. The villager replied that he had no money, whereupon the agent retorted, "You must sell your oxen." The wretched villager then proceeded to explain that the sowing season would soon arrive and asked how a Mauser pistol would enable him to plough his fields. For reply the agent proceeded to destroy the poor man's oxen with his pistol and then departed.(Wilson)

Even Europeans, friends of the Armenians, could see that the revolutionaries were the cause of the curse that had descended on Eastern Anatolia. Consul Seele wrote in 1911:
"From what I have seen in the parts of the country I have visited I have become more convinced than ever of the baneful influence of the Taschnak Committee on the welfare of the Armenians and generally of this part of Turkey. It is impossible to overlook the fact in that in all places where there are no Armenian political organisations or where such organisations are imperfectly developed, the Armenians live in comparative harmony with the Turks and Kurds. (Wilson)

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