You wrote, “But genocide is not the word to use — I found that out real quick when I lived in Ankara, “
I beg to differ. The deliberate attempt to exterminate a race of people is genocide. Exactly what the Turks were guilty of.
How long did you live in Ankara ? My father’s Armenian family lived in Turkey for more than 2500 years. Those who survived lived to tell the tale .
With apologies to ‘They Might Be Giants’
Why did the Armenians get the works?
That’s nobody’s business but the Turks.
I know that the Ottoman Empire did in fact do those horrible things. But I do not choose to refer to it as genocide -- so would you have me punished for that? I asked this question up in reply #20. You want me to be arrested, jailed, fined? Called names?
Some say that Europeans committed genocide on the Indians in America. The UN definition of genocide includes expelling people as well as killing them. So we committed genocide or did we do terrible things -- either way it is just as terrible without calling it genocide.
There are Kurd and German connections to the mass killings not just Ottoman Turks. What about them?
There were also hundreds of thousands of others killed as a result of W.W.I. Russia and Armenia were fighting Germany and the Ottoman Empire.
How many Armenians did the Bolsheviks kills when they forced Armenia into the U.S.S.R in 1918? Are those victims worth less than the victims of the Ottoman Empire?
Why are the Germans, the Kurds, the Communists being excused? It appears to me that they are. Maybe they did not kill as many but the dead were done just as wrong.