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Ninety Eight Years of Denial

April 1, 2013

As we have just entered the month of April, I chose to talk about the Armenian Genocide that began on the 24th of this month, 98 years ago. From 1915 to 1917 the Young Turk regime in the Ottoman Empire carried out a systematic, intentional, centrally planned genocide against the Armenian people. More than one million Armenians perished as the result of execution, starvation, disease, the harsh environment, and physical abuse.  A people who lived in present day eastern Turkey for nearly 3,000 years lost its homeland and was profoundly decimated in the first genocide of the twentieth century.  Despite the vast amount of evidence that points to the historical reality of the Armenian Genocide, eyewitness accounts, official archives, photographic evidence, the reports of diplomats, and the evidence of survivors, denial of the Armenian Genocide by consecutive regimes in Turkey has gone on from 1915 to the present. Over the years, all of the American presidents have lied about recognizing the Genocide out of fear of alienating Turkey, an ally and a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Over 20 countries worldwide have recognized the Armenian genocide, countries like France, Russia, Canada, and Germany. 98 years have passed and only two years are left in order to be recognized internationally since the law states that Genocides are forgotten after 100 years. As Hitler said during his speech during the Genocide of the Jews; “Who, after all, speaks of the annihilation of the Armenians?”.Image

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3 Comments
  1. i really liked your topic. its really harsh how only about 20 countries that do not deny the armenian genocide. in 1915 -1917 many armenians lost their lives from children to elders. this shows or tells the reader the really harsh and tough environment that armenia was in, and no one in that time tried to help which is really sad.finally, keep it up nice topic.

  2. Faris Aqra permalink

    Really interesting topic. It shows how weak society really is and its shameful that even after 98 years countries still refuse acknowledge the genocide.

  3. 90nuwarah permalink

    I have never heard of what is written in this post before. This is very interesting but at the same time sad.this is what israel is trying to make of palestine and the Palestine people. But i Dont really understand what happens after 100 years of not acknowldging a country.

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