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Green Party in Turkey Recognizes the Genocide

In late 2014 “Nouvelles d’Armenie” magazine reported that the Turkish Green Party recognizes the Armenian Genocide. A spokesperson of the Green Party in Istanbul had said, during its meeting (November 7 to 9): “We recognize unequivocally the Armenian Genocide”

Both Prime Minister David Lloyd George of Britain and the German general Erich Ludendorff claimed that Turkish entry prolonged the war by at least two years. In the short term it means new theatres of operations in the Dardanelles, Mesopotamia, Palestine and the Caucasus (Armenia in particular).  The war in the Caucasus also led directly to the genocide of the Armenian people. (Historian Ian.F.W. Beckett).

Seizure of the Ottoman Bank in Constantinople

In 1894 five-thousand Armenians were killed when a couple of Armenian fedayeens were caught in Sassoun. Following the slaying of 300,000 Armenians in 1895-96, twenty Armenians seized the Ottoman Bank in Constantinople to draw attention to the plight of Armenians. It became a signal to the soldiers and Turkish mobs for another massacre of Armenians in the city. Seven thousand Armenians were slain in four days. The Armenians who held the bank surrendered to the English director of the bank, in return for safe conduct out of the country aboard the banker’s yacht. But the diplomats of the whole civilized world had seen with their own eyes what was happening. Dragomans and attaches actually waded in blood on their way to lodge protests with the [Sublime] Porte, where they witnessed the Padishah’s elegant aides stamping with their heels on the bodies of dying Armenians.”  (“Anatolian Suite” by Kildare Dobbs).

Naregatsi & the Koran

Among the various papers presented at the 40th anniversary of the Society for Armenian Studies (SAS) in Yerevan in Oct. 2014 was Tamar Boyadjian’s (Michigan State University) presentation about the little consideration give to Armenian sources in the study of the Crusades, due to the “European” perspective of many authors.  At the same event Arshak Balayan (Yerevan State University) discussed Krikor Naregatsi’s polemics with Islam and his list of 16 errors, noting his Bible-based view of the issue, without any reference to an Islamic theologian or the Koran.

Eliminate the Armenians

In the 1890s Sultan Abdul Hamid II’s Jesuit-schooled Vizier Izzet Bey pronounced a final solution to the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire: “The only way of eliminating the Armenian question is to eliminate the Armenians themselves.”

“Anatolian Suite”

Reminiscing about Mount Ararat in “Anatolian Suite”, Canadian writer Kildare Dobbs said: “…After a while we saw a great mountain raise its white head in front of us, looking over a shoulder of the glen from a long way off. Ararat! We watched it for a long time, rising and growing inch by inch its vast bulk was stretched along our left flank and we were in a brown plain surrounded by mountains…For thousands of years the Armenians, one of the oldest peoples on earth, had looked at this mountain. Ararat shone for them like a promise of redemption. I had seen images of it in Armenian homes in Toronto and in the Mekhitarist monastery San Lazzaro in the lagoon of Venice, where Armenian monks helped to keep alive the culture of their scattered nation. And now there were no Armenians on this side of the mountain. On the Soviet side, Armenians had valiantly survived since 1920. Rather than be massacred by the Turks, they had become a Soviet Socialist Republic…”

Marc Hairapetian

One of the top movie critics in Germany is Marc Hairapetian, according to “Bild”, one of the biggest newspapers in the country. Hairapetian, born in Frankfurt in 1968, is the son of Ardavasd Hairapetian, an Armenian immigrant from Iran. After attending the 10th Annual Golden Apricot International Film Festival in Yerevan, Hairapetian, who also dabbles in acting, wrote a long and positive article about his experiences in Armenia. As film critic, he has interviewed everyone from Charles Aznavour to Elia Kazan to Peter Ustinov.

Khalil & Herbert

As WWI was coming to an end, Turkish commander Khalil Pasha met Lawrence of Arabia and British liaison officer Aubrey Herbert. Khalil remarked with great percipience that Britain and Turkey ought not to be enemies, “after all, gentlemen, our interest as Empire builders are much the same as yours. There is nothing that need stand between us.” “Only a million dead Armenians,” Herbert replied. Lawrence biographer and friend Robert Graves suspected that the answer had been Lawrence’s.

Armenians in service of British and French in WWI

In October 1915, Kitchener asked Cairo British headquarters to consider recruiting and training Armenian exiles as guerrillas in Syria and his idea was later revived by Admiral Wemyss.  When the French occupied Syria, they pressed ahead with plans to raise and train their own Syrian army, largely drawn from Armenian refugees.

Armenian Spies

In “The Golden Warrior” about the life of Lawrence of Arabia, James Lawrence says that during the latter years of WWI, the Allies used Arabs, Armenians, Greeks, and Jews as secret agents.  One of the Armenian spies was Charles Boutargy, an Armenian refugee from Haifa. Lawrence of Arabia offered Boutargy money to persuade his father to join into British service. Another Armenian agent was Joseph Catoni, formerly the Beirut vice-consul. He controlled Nasariyah chiefs and one of his ablest spies was a monocular Armenian. Catoni and his henchmen also contributed to a body of evidence which suggested that there was a ‘widespread’ local wish for British occupation.

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