The Turkish denial policy against countries, which recognize the Armenian Genocide brings its counter actions at last: the US State Department calls to US citizens to try not to visit Turkey because of anti-American mood spread by Turkish government. They mention the upcoming revolutionary party anniversary as well as Kurdish Novrus Bayrami celebration, calling Armenians to try to avoid large groups of people even if demonstrations look peaceful.
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An update to the story posted today earlier “Turkey returns to its dark-ages policy when facing the Armenian Genocide“: Bulgarian parliament is to discuss the Armenian Genocide resolution too. Along with USA and Spain, Bulgaria is going to discuss on the issue too. Despite the huge economic influence of Turkey on this country, the MPs of Bulgaria have already done a huge step forward for genocide recognition and prevention process.
In the context of historical justice and world recognition of the Armenian Genocide, Turkey as well should definitely review its denial policy and accept what was done by the older generation. Otherwise the same shadow of the Armenian Genocide is going to follow the current inhabitants of Turkey troubling regional relations between neighbors yet for long.
The London Daily News criticizes the recent Turkish Prime Erdogan threats to deport the Armenian population of current Republic of Turkey. The editorial says:
Turkey once again is retreating into “dark ages mode” with threats by Prime Erdogan following comments during a recent visit to London to expel 100,000 Armenians in Turkey “if necessary I will tell the 100,000: OK, time to go back to your country”.
Such intentions to solve the Armenian Question once and for all are not new for Turkish government, which 95 years ago started the deportation of the entire native population of historical Armenia occupied by Ottoman Turks. The results of it everybody knows today: more than 1,5 millions of native Armenians slaughtered, more than 500,000 escaped to foreign countries forming the Armenian diaspora all around the world, which is one of the largest in the USA, Russia, France, Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Argentina, Australia and others.
Returning to the recent events: on March 4, 2009 The Foreign Relations Committee of US Congress adopted the Armenian Genocide Resolution to enter agenda of US Congress. Later on 11th of March Swedish parliament in addition to the Armenian Genocide Recognition resolution approved years ago, approved a law-project on the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek Genocides committed by Ottoman Turkey in the period of 1915-1923.
Turkish denial position was expected: Turkey called its ambassador back from USA and Sweden. Turkish Prime Minister claims later:
“There are 170 thousand Armenians living in Turkey. 70 thousand of them are Turkish citizens. If necessary, I will tell the remaining 100 thousand to leave. I can do so because they are not Turkish citizens and I’m not obliged to keep them in my country,” BBC Turkce quoted Erdogan as saying.
A number of political, non-governmental organizations and mass-media called it “blackmail“. Innocent victims of the first genocide of 20th century must be recognized and the results of the genocide overcome regardless the one-day economic profit from relations with Turkey.
Anyway the Swedish case had quite an interesting overcome: Swedish prime-minister expresses his excuses to the Turkish counterpart for the Armenian Genocide resolution. But Social Democratic Party of Sweden has sued the Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.
Today, regardless the economic blackmail by Turkey and its denial policy against the Armenian Genocide revognition, 22 countries of the world, 43 states of the USA, Roman Pope, European parliament and a number of other international organizations have already adopted laws on condemning the Armenian Genocide. While Turkish position still remains unchanged. As Bernard-Henri Levy, one of main scholars of Jewish genocide, says:
I was asking myself what would have happened to the survivors of Holocaust, what would have happened to the Jews of my generation in the aftermath of the Holocaust if they were faced with a structurally revisionist Germany, a Germany denying the crime. This is the situation of Armenians. And this is what makes the situation particularly tragic.
The yesterday’s video from CBS “60 Minutes” on the Armenian Genocide.
At 6 A.M. Pacific Time the discussion on the Armenian Genocide is going to start in US Congress Foreign Relations Committee. I’m already watching the Online Armenian TV, which will broadcast the discussion live: http://horizonarmeniantv.com
Video shown recently on CBS channel. Turkey surly starts protesting, well let them do. Actually they’d better accept the real way of things, come to peace with their history and start watching the Armenian Genocide in its legal aspects, rather than put everything to historians and with this try to block the dissemination of the truth. As Karen Vrtanesyan writes in his blog:
There will be lots of references to the CBS’s «Battle Over History – 60 Minutes» video, which speaks about the Armenian genocide. I don’t share the excitement of fellow Armenians, because the documentary has a serious flow: our battle isn’t «over the history», but over the future. Genocide is not a historical category, it is a legal category by definition.
Actually it’s the Turks who do their best to make everyone believe that «leaving the genocide to historians» is the only rational thing to do.
Turks would never invest so much effort and resources into the whole process of genocide denial if it was «just part of the history».
On March 4 Armenian Genocide Resolution will be put on voting in US Congress. Millions of supporters of the resolution, together with all international organizations working and investigating genocides around the world hope at last the time has come for justice to be recognized. Armenian Horizon TV will broadcast the discussion live at 6:45 A.M. Passific Time as well as we will be able to watch it online at http://horizonarmeniantv.com
Mark Maccarly, advocate of Vardges Eghyan, claims the National Archive of the United States refuses to present them documents, which according to the terms should be presented in the period of 20 days, but even after numerous requests were not given. Vardges Eghyan works on cases of compensating the issues of Armenian Genocide victims once secured by US companies. The laywer claim, those documents are proposingly contain certain data on the list of countries who organized the genocide, that is why now the archive keeps off showing them.
US presidentation candidate sen. Barack Obama tells America deserves a president who is able to tell truth about Armenian Genocide and any other genocides. Obama critisizes Bush administration position in Armenian Genocide Recognition, claiming his administration is going to solve the problem.
Anyhow most of the US presidents of the recent times, including Georgia W. Bush used the genocide adoption factor during election campaign, but till now no action is taken.