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January 06, 2010



"...acknowledgement of the Armenian Genocide has much to do with the fact that the first genocide of modern times was of Christians by Muslims..."
Twisting history a tich there, M.H.
It's true, your statement, but it wasn't WHY the Turks ethnically cleansed (slaughtered)the Armenians.
The Armenians had basically been a fifth column inside Turkey during WWI. Siding with the Russians against the Turkish-German alliance simply begged for retribution when the Turks lost huge areas of the Ottoman Empire to the Allies. It was Turks being Turks; violent.


Mick H

Well... whether religion was or was not the prime motivation for the genocide is basically beside the point here. Indeed I'm not saying that they were killed simply because they were Christian, so I'm not sure why you think I'm twisting history. It's a complex subject, but in Peter Balakian's The Burning Tigris there's a photograph of the sheikh-ul-Islam, the spiritual leader of the Sunni Muslims, announcing on Nov 14th 1914 before the Fathi Mosque in Istanbul a jihad against "infidels and enemies of the faith". That the Armenians were Christian may not have been the main cause of their fate, but neither was it irrelevant.

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