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1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Dominique Mathura
Armenian Genocide

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 “The attempt to justify and rationalize the death of a whole nation, including women, children, the old and infirm, must itself be considered a crime against humanity.”
― Taner Akçam, A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Does the death of one million people bother you? Can you still live your peaceful life knowing how disgusting the world and its rulers can be? and to put the icing on the cake the denial of their actions is pure nuisance in itself You’re probably thinking what is It that I am speaking of. Well I am not going to sugar coat it and nor is it a topic that many will view highly. The Armenian Genocide remains one of the most heated topics of the 20th century history. So, what’s really the deal?

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 History

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 We’ll let start with a brief history of what happened. In the past the Armenians lived in the Eurasian region of the Caucasus for about 3000 years. The Kingdom of Armenia was a self-governing entity: at the start of the 4th century A.D., Christianity became the first nation in the world to become an official entity. But most of the region’s control changed from one empire to another. Armenia was under the powerful Ottoman Empire in the 15th century. The Ottoman rulers were Muslims. They permitted religious minorities such as the Armenians to uphold some independence, but also subjected Armenians, who they considered ” infidels, ” to unfair and biased treatment. Christians had to pay higher taxes than Muslims and had very few political and legal rights. The Armenian people flourished under Ottoman rule notwithstanding these problems. They inclined to be better knowledgeable and richer than their Turkish neighbors, who turned out to be more bitter. This bitterness was compounded by uncertainties that the Christian Armenians would be more faithful to Christian governments than to the Ottoman caliphate. These doubts became increasingly severe when the Ottoman Empire crumpled. Towards the end of the 19th century, the dictatorial Turkish Sultan Abdul Hamid II, who was above all loyalty announced that he would solve the ” Armenian Question” once and for all.

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 However, lets fast forward a bit, A new government came to power in Turkey in 1908. A group of reformers calling themselves the ” Young Turks ” overthrew Sultan Abdul Hamid and set up a more modern constitutional government. At first, the Armenians were relieved that they would have an equal place in this new state, but soon they learned that what the nationalist young Turks wanted to ” Turkify ” the empire. In 1914, World War 1 happened. The Turkish government joined The Austro – Hungarian Empire and Germany. (At the same time, the religious authorities of Ottomans declared jihad or holy war against all Christians but their allies.) Military leaders began to debate that the Armenians were conspirators.As the war got more severe, Armenians prepared voluntary battalions to aid the Russian army in fighting the Turks within the region of the Caucasus. Due to this the Turkish general became suspicious and the government pushed for the “removal” of the Armenian people from the war zones.

7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 The Genocide Begins

8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 In 1915 the Armenian genocide began. The Turkish government detained and killed hundreds of Armenian scholars. The Turks took Armenians out of their establishments and send them on death marches without food or water. During these marches, it was known that the Turks would strip the Armenians from their clothes and force them to walk under the boiling sun until they perished. Pure Cruelty! Some other disturbing things the Turks did was throw people in the river, throw them off cliffs, crucified them and burned them alive.

9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 0 To continue the dreadfulness, the Turks would abduct children convert their religion to Islam and give them away to Turkish families. Women were raped and were forced to serve in the Turkish harems or be slaves. Their homes were seized by the Muslim Turks. Many reports vary on the number of how many Armenians died however for me it’s one too many.

10 Leave a comment on paragraph 10 0 Why is it so controversial?

11 Leave a comment on paragraph 11 0 The fact that American news outlets have been hesitant to use the word genocide is a sad case in itself. Because turkey is an essential affiliate to the United States and the Turkish government have been unwilling to recognize the genocide of the Armenian people. Finally, in 2010 the U.S. congressional panel acknowledged the genocide. Today it is still prohibited to talk about what transpired to the Armenians during that time.

12 Leave a comment on paragraph 12 0 There was a Hollywood movie based on the forty days of Musa Dagh that the Turkish government forced Hollywood to drop the movie. However, in the most recent years the Armenian genocide has come to some light. However, some may have changed but some have remained the same. The Turkish government has done an exceptional job constructing a wall of obligatory muteness. From my point of view until turkey confesses their sinful responsibilities is when the Armenians and the world might feel some type of liberation which in reality there is no relief from a genocide. Doğu Perinçek, chairman of the Turkish Workers’ Party, defined the genocide of up to 1.5 million Armenians – a fact Turkey argues as well as the amount of those killed – as an “international lie” in Switzerland in 2005.

13 Leave a comment on paragraph 13 0 With all the evidence how can he say it’s an “international lie”? if it was an international lie then why are they denying it? why doesn’t turkey accept the term genocide to describe what has happened to the Armenians? If it’s a lie, then why did the Turkish government make it illegal to talk about the Armenian genocide? Nothing here makes sense! The Turkish government seem very shady. They are responsible, there silence is to be blamed! Who is going to take accountability? A genocide is something that one never gets over nevertheless of how many years have passed! This is pure horror and to top of everything their denial is more of a crime against humanity. What do you think? Whose to take Accountability?

14 Leave a comment on paragraph 14 0 Works Cited

15 Leave a comment on paragraph 15 0 .(n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.history.com/topics/world-war-i/armenian-genocide


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