Friday, April 24, 2009

Don't Forget Armenia

"Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?" - Adolf Hitler
With all the attention accompanying ANZAC Day tomorrow, don't forget that April 24 is the 94th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Beginning one day before allied troops stepped onto the Dardanelles, one and half million (largely Christian) Armenians were butchered by the Ottoman empire. Assyrian and Greek populations (also mostly Christian in some sense) were also butchered throughout the empire (ending three millenniums of Hellenistic culture in Asia Minor. It lasted from 1915-1923.

Despite being the genesis for phrases like 'crimes against humanity' and 'holocaust', the Armenian Genocide is barely known and still officially denied by the Republic of Turkey (successor state to the Ottoman Empire). Indeed, a Turkish newspaper editor was murdered in 2007 after he had criticized the Turkish Government's denial of the genocide. Meanwhile the assassin was latter photographer in front of the Turkish flag with grinning police officers.

Don't forget Armenia. Lest we forget.

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