It's not even an issue whether anyone “believes” it. The Turkish people are not stupid. They have cell phones, the Internet etc. They read books, they know it happened. To believe otherwise is simply an insult to their intelligence. The government there chooses not to officially recognize the event because they feel it's politically embarrassing, period. That is their right, but for the government of France to publicly spank them for obvious political reasons is pretty hypocritical given the historic past.
posted on 01/05/2012 1:47:12 PM PST
RE: "The government there chooses not to officially recognize the event because they feel it's politically embarrassing, period."
I would have to disagree. The government of Turkey has acknowledged the horrific deaths -- on both sides. I attempted to offer a little more information above.
There has been no attempt to hide the horror of those W.W. I and following events. But genocide is not the word to use -- I found that out real quick when I lived in Ankara.
I have done only cursory searches but it seems to me that the primary issue is not the horrors -- no one anywhere denies the actions of the Ottoman empire against the Armenians -- but keeping the charges of "genocide" going is a means to an end. That's how I read the above article linked in my first reply.
Armenia calls eastern Turkey, western Armenia. The Armenian want it back and then some -- I suppose they lost it to Mustafa Kemal during the war for independence after W.W.I.
posted on 01/05/2012 2:12:37 PM PST
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