Not, it seems, when it happens to Armenians
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When talking of the 20th Century if one asked the average educated person what was the first genocide of the 20th Century, most people would immediately say, the Jews by Germans led by a fascist Nazi regime.
That would be wrong.
The first such mass killings in the 20th Century was of the Armenians by Ottoman Turks with German Military Advisors. In fact in 2015, German President Joachim Gauck acknowledged Germany's "co-responsibility" for the Armenian genocide, while a book published in the same year by the journalist Jürgen Gottschlich detailed the political collusion of Turkey's most important European ally in the First World War, which provided military advice and training for the Ottoman Empire throughout the Wilhelmine period, a point that Hitler was mindful of; the proof was revealed by him in a speech, extract which is below:
Adolf Hitler: “I have issued the command and I'll have anybody who utters but one word of criticism executed by a firing squad that our war aim does not consist in reaching certain lines, but in the physical destruction of the enemy. Accordingly, I have placed my death-head formations in readiness for the present only in the East with orders to them to send to death mercilessly and without compassion, men, women, and children of Polish derivation and language. Only thus shall we gain the living space (Lebensraum) which we need. Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?”
The text above is the English version of the German document handed to Louis P. Lochner in Berlin. It first appeared in Lochner's What About Germany? (New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1942), pp. 1-4. The Nuremberg Tribunal later identified the document as L-3 or Exhibit USA-28. Two other versions of the same document appear in Appendices II and III. For the German original cf. Akten zur Deutschen Auswartigen Politik 1918-1945,Serie D, Band VII, (Baden-Baden, 1956), pp. 171-172.
However, apart from Hitler’s references to Armenians, the totality of the truthful narrative and facts do not sit well with Jewish claims that 6 million deaths was the only such heinous event in the 20th Century. That is untrue and at the very least a denial of the Armenian Genocide. Such denials can be a crime punishable for an individual with imprisonment in many countries.
World War II fatality statistics vary, but estimates of total deaths of around 85 million seem to be the general consensus amongst historians. There is great difficulty to exactly calculate the death toll which is why any number of military and civilian deaths in the two World Wars are only approximations.
During WWII, around 25 million Russians died lest we forget. What word is appropriate to describe that? Mass-murder; Holocaust, Genocide or maybe just a statistic?
Also let us not forget, as our governments continue their Russia bashing in 2019, that if it weren’t for the Russians, we all would be speaking German today!
The Armenian Genocide during WW1, also known as the Armenian Holocaust, was the Ottoman government's systematic extermination of 1.5 million Armenians, all citizens within the Ottoman Empire, out of a estimated total of under 3 million total population.
An estimated world Armenian diaspora of around 1 million existed at the time.
The starting date for the mass murders is conventionally held to be 24 April 1915, the day that Ottoman authorities rounded up, arrested, and deported from Constantinople (now Istanbul) to the region of Ankara some 300 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders, who were eventually murdered. That kicked off the carnage. The genocide was carried out during and after World War I and implemented in two phases; the wholesale killing of the able bodied male population through massacre and subjection of army conscripts to forced labour, followed by the deportation of women, children, the elderly, and the infirm on death marches leading to the Syrian Desert. Driven forward by military escorts, the deportees were deprived of food and water and subjected to periodic robbery, rape, and massacre. Other ethnic groups were similarly targeted for extermination by Ottoman Turks like the Assyrians and the Greeks.
They were chosen for annihilation because of their race, in the same way and for the same reason as Fascist Nazi Germans singled out Poles, Jews and Gypsies amongst others.
Coming to the politics of Genocide and such denials, for current States interests, all States today are utilising ever sophisticated forms of propaganda to distort public issues on a range of subjects. No countries more effectively than Israel and America, who importantly together form, at present, the strongest and largest military alliance on Earth. Also it can be argued together they control the majority of media, Hollywood, TV, main stream news et al.
Propaganda is relevant when the killings are said to fall under the ‘fog of war’ explanation; that the killings were not systematic.
Denial of an event, like the Armenian Genocide, because it detracts from the not so unique, Jewish Genocide is in effect a crime against humanity. It’s akin to killing the victims twice! To say that no genocide happened, especially said by Jews, is very poignant given the commonality of the two races tragic history; that said incredibly most Israelis and Jews deny the Armenian Genocide in the same way Israel denies brazenly their persecution and murder of the Palestinian people today.
Israelis are doing to Palestinians what Fascist Nazi Germany did to them; and the Ottoman Turks did to Armenians.
The great writer and philosopher Aldous Huxley described the core function of propaganda in his essay 'Words and Behavior' writing, “The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human. By robbing them of their personality, he puts them outside the pale of moral obligation."
So Turkey and Israel’s propaganda share similarities. As well as the UK, they and America deny that the word genocide is an accurate term for what happened to Armenians. In recent years, Turkey and America has been faced with repeated calls to recognize the Armenian genocide. They won't!
So what name should it be given?
As of the end of 2018, 29 countries have officially recognized the Armenians mass killings as Genocide, as have most Genocide scholars and historians and made denial of that crime, in most of those countries, an imprisonable offence.
The Armenian Genocide is acknowledged by scholars to have been one of the first modern Genocide, because scholars point to the organized manner in which the killings were carried out. It is the most studied case of genocide after the Jewish one.
Most Jews, in fact most people, would say otherwise; that the worst Genocide in modern human history happened during WW11 perpetrated by Germans as explained by Patrick Siegele, Director of the Anne Frank Centre in Berlin on a recent trip to Malta. His almost sole emphasis was on the Jewish genocide and no other. Given his job its understandable why, however other Zionist propagandists have been active this past week and what has emerged is an important detail, a fact has been altered to fit a Zionist narrative.
To explain here is one quote from a European newspaper published last Saturday: (https://www.timesofmalta.com/mobile/articles/view/20190126/opinion/learning-from-the-past.700205)
"The nature of the Jewish Holocaust itself was such that Champetier de Ribes, the French Prosecutor at the subsequent Nuremberg Trials argued “this was a crime so monstrous, so undreamt of in history... that the term ‘genocide’ has had to be coined to define it”.
Sorry, but people should check their facts.
The man who invented the word 'Genocide' did so to describe what happened to the Armenians, and he was a Jew! Raphael Lemkin was moved specifically by the annihilation of the Armenians to define systematic and premeditated exterminations within legal parameters and he coined the word 'genocide' in 1943.
Officially the State of Israel neither recognizes nor denies the Armenian Genocide.
Colin Tatz, Professor of Macquarie University, considers the nature of Turkish denial industry as "pernicious, outrageous and continued": "Here is a modern state, totally dedicated, at home and abroad, to extraordinary actions to have every hint or mention of an Armenian Genocide removed, contradicted, explained, countered, justified, mitigated, rationalised, trivialised and relativized."
In the technological revolutionary age that is the 21st Century, the importance of mind manipulation, mind control of the public is the first role of government, in fact the ultimate priority of governments. They now have new Orwellian tools by which to achieve this with the advance of technology and communications, social media and new mind dumbing drugs dispensed freely these days by Doctors.
So as the other relevant great thinker of our age, George Orwell made the point in his book '1984' "Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past." That's why lies and distortion of history are easy for governments particularly using these new technological 'weapons' now at their disposal.
In conclusion, a very obvious, pertinent and important question today is not about Armenians as its genocide has, to all intent and purposes, become a small foot note of history but there is a relevance to Palestinians.
How does the current Fascist Israeli government and Jewish diaspora accept and rationalise the mass murder, in an 'open prison' that is Gaza, a Genocide (for there is no other word for it) of the Palestinians by Jews? They will have to stonewall the subject. After all that worked against the Armenians for over a 100 years!
Exposing the Orwellian nightmare of those millions of Genocide victims in the media, has a linkage to the denial of the Armenian genocide, and I would argue is necessary to have acknowledgement not only for Armenians but also for the Palestinians if they are ever to achieve justice.
Finally why on the January 27 day, the day recognised as ‘International Holocaust Remembrance Day’ one might wonder the many genocides that have occurred just in the 20th Centuries, were hardly mentioned, Armenian one too, in addition to the countless other Genocides of previous centuries, while the Jewish Genocide of 6 million had absolute and almost total prominence during the 27 January commemorations?
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