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A new U.S. resolution acknowledging the Armenian Genocide has Turkey outraged

A new U.S. resolution acknowledging the Armenian Genocide has Turkey outraged

Armenian girls crucified
Country: 
Turkey
News Date: 
31/10/2019
Lancastrian
Summary: 

An ugly truth of history has just been acknowledged.  On October 29, the US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly (405 to 11) in favor of , which acknowledges the Armenian genocide perpetrated by Ottoman Turks during WW1.  

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Nor is this a new issue.  The Honorable Henry Morgenthau, U.S. Ambassador to Turkey from 1913-16, wrote the following in his memoir:

When the Turkish authorities gave the order for these deportations, they were merely giving the death warrant to a whole race; they understood this well, and, in their conversations with me, they made no particular attempt to conceal this fact. . . I am confident that the whole history of the human race contains no such horrible episode as this. The great massacres and persecutions of the past seem almost insignificant when compared to the sufferings of the Armenian race in 1915.

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Whereas the genocide is largely acknowledged in the West—long before this new resolution over 40 American states had acknowledged it—one of its primary if not fundamental causes is habitually overlooked: religion (Muslim Turks vis-à-vis Christian Armenians). 

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As one Armenian studies professor , “If it was a feud between Turks and Armenians, what explains the genocide carried out by Turkey against the Christian Assyrians at the same time?” The same can be said about the Greeks (some 750,000 of whom were liquidated during WWI).  From a Turkish perspective, the primary thing Armenians, Assyrians, and Greeks had in common was that they were all Christians—“infidels.” 

And the same can be said of all those Christians and other non-Muslim minorities who were targeted for what the U.S. acknowledges was a —another genocide that was also conducted during the chaos of war, and against those whose only crime was to be “infidels.”