The Washington Times: Recalling the lessons of Armenia
rmenian News -NEWS.am? presents the abridged version of the article by? Clifford D. May, president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, published inThe Washington Times.
"Displayed outside the? Turkish embassy in Washington? last week was a large banner reading, "Armenian genocide is an imperialist lie." That claim might be amusing were the subject not so dreadful. The slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Armenians in 1915 was carried out by the Ottoman Empire. It was, therefore, by definition, an imperialist crime, one regarded by most experts as the first genocide of the 20th century. The notion that some other empire (which one?) has fabricated a slander against? Turkey? is ludicrous.
In the early 1920s, in the aftermath of World War I, the defeated Ottoman Empire and Islamic caliphate were dissolved. Modern? Turkey? continues to occupy Armenian lands. Mount Ararat, where, according to legend, Noah's ark came to rest after the great flood, is Armenia's holiest site and a symbol of the nation. It can be seen from Armenia's capital, Yerevan, among the world's oldest continually inhabited cities. But Mount Ararat rises from territory now claimed by? Turkey.
Today, a jihad ?ˆ” one that includes persecution, enslavement and slaughter ?ˆ” is again being waged against Christians throughout much of the Middle East and in Africa as well. Many of those carrying out these crimes consider themselves warriors of a new caliphate. The mainstream media has mostly avoided discussing the Armenian genocide as preface and precedent. But the media also has been reluctant to report on the very real possibility that we are now witnessing the final, historic eradication of ancient Christian communities from what we have come to call the Islamic world.
Another poster displayed at the? Turkish embassy? calls for "reconciliation" with Armenia. Surely, such a process must begin with truth-telling. What Mr. Erdogan declared last week instead: "The Armenian claims on the 1915 events ?ˆ¦ are all baseless and groundless."
Final point: In 1939, a generation after the Armenian genocide and a week before invading Poland, Hitler gave a speech to his commanders. He told them that his "war aim" was not merely territorial. Nazi Germany also sought "the physical destruction of the enemy." He recognized that "weak Western European civilization" would not approve. But, he added, it will forget: "Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?" That's just one of several reasons we should continue to do so."source: