To: Verginius Rufus
I haven’t studied that horrible incident enough to give a definitive proclamation, but obviously it plays a part in it (along with politics and ethnic conflicts).
I think the vast majority of Americans (other than those of Armenian or Greek heritage) are totally unaware of the Armenian genocide. It was during World War I (at least the earlier phases) so that was offered as a reason to remove Christians from areas near the border with Russia, but that did not justify a policy of extermination. Some of the earliest evidence came from the US ambassador to Turkey (the US was still a neutral country in 1915).
It's common for Americans to self-flagellate over the internment of Japanese and Japanese-Americans living in the western US mainland during WWII, but there was no policy of killing them.
Hitler is supposed to have said, when launching WWII, "Who now remembers the Armenians?"
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