Turkey has recalled its ambassadors to France and Canada. It’s that fictional Armenian genocide thing again. Seems like people just won’t let that story die, no matter how the Turks stonewall.
And stonewall they do. Despite the overwhelming evidence of the central planning, the release of murderers from prisons to carry out the butchering, and the deaths of at least one million people, Turkey continues with its “that’s our story and we’re sticking to it.”
The latest dust up is the result of remarks by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the debate currently going on in France to have the Armenian genocide placed in the same legal category as the Jewish Holocaust carried out by the Germans.
Turkey recalled its envoy to France prior to a debate by French lawmakers on May 18 about a law that foresees a one-year jail term and a 45,000-euro ($58,000) fine for persons who deny that genocide took place. Turkey’s parliament is sending a delegation to France…in order to convince their French counterparts not to pass the bill…
Canada’s PM came in for his share of Turkish wrath when he said that Canada will continue to acknowledge that the genocide took place.
The world has been “acknowledging” Turkey’s mass butchering, starvation, and forced displacement of its Christian population since 1915.
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.
Unfortunately, that’s all they did: publish reports. Reports which Turkey continues to deny to this day.
Nor has Turkey finished with its minority populations. Massed on the border of Iraq, and in cahoots with Iran, Turkey is carrying out its annual Spring cleaning of the Kurds in its midst.
What Turkey cannot face is its continuing denial and its ongoing culpability in the murders and silencing of those who dissent.
The Armenians were unfortunate enough to be a Christian minority in a country suffering the loss of the last shreds of the Ottoman Empire. Turkey was determined to get rid of them to ensure its monolithic hold on the state.
The Kurds are largely Muslims, but that will not save them. They insist on speaking their own language and preserving their own culture. For that, even the Kurds elected to the Turkish parliament may be jailed and tortured.
You see, they got away with mass murder almost a hundred years ago. Except for a few “reports” and tut-tuts, Turkey paid no real price:
…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.
As a matter of fact, Turkey now has the nerve to threaten France with economic sanctions should it continue to tell the truth.
Our Secretary of State was recently in Turkey. In fact she was there as Turkish troops were massing on the border of Iraq for the Spring activities. Don’t you wonder how the Turks interpret her visit? And what does President Bush have to say about this treatment of our allies, France, Canada, and Iraq?