Comment 104129

By Kirlikovali (registered) - website | Posted August 22, 2014 at 18:28:40

The claim of Armenian Genocide is political, not factual

There is no court verdict that says Turkish-Armenian conflict is genocide; only Armenians and those who prefer to take the baseless Armenian claims at face value believe that it was genocide. They also ignore the facts that Ottoman Armenians took up arms against their own government (www.ethocide.com ;) killed their Turkish neighbors and other fellow citizens; and even joined the invading enemy (Russian) armies while Turks only defended their home against a serious military threat posed by the treacherous Armenians and their foreign mentors. The measure the Turks took to mitigate the Armenian threat was TERESET (Temporary Resettlement) of only a part of the Armenian community that supported the Armenian insurgency, not wholesale massacre. Other Armenians in Istanbul, Izmir, Edirne, Aleppo, and other places were mostly untouched because they did not support insurgency.

Armenians are only broadcasting their suffering, magnified with embellishments, deceptions, and forgeries, but maintaining radio silence when it comes to Armenian terrorism, Armenian revolts, Armenian treason, Armenian territorial demands, and the resulting Turkish deaths and suffering, such as mine. While I do not wish to minimize Armenian suffering, I reject all biased attempts to label of the 1915 events genocide, as Armenian Genocide is a long discredited political claim, not a court-proven fact like the Jewish Holocaust.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) stated in its Dec 17, 2013 verdict on Perincek vs Switzerland that "[t]he existence of a 'genocide', which was a precisely defined legal concept, was not easy to prove". The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) added: "doubted that there could be a general consensus… given that historical research was, by definition, open to discussion and a matter of debate, without necessarily giving rise to final conclusions or to the assertion of objective and absolute truths". Thus, the ECHR created a legal precedent of inadmissibility of any comparison between the Holocaust and the Armenian claims; the latter lacks what the former clearly has: concrete historical facts, clear legal basis, and existence of the "acts had been found by an international court to be clearly established".

It was wartime tragedy where everyone suffered, not genocide where only Armenians did. I would like to leave you with wise words from a Christian missionary, George M. Lamsa, who put it succinctly in his book The Secret of the Near East, (The Ideal Press, Philadelphia 1923, p 133: )

"…In some towns containing ten Armenian houses and thirty Turkish houses, it was reported that 40,000 people were killed, about 10,000 women were taken to the harem, and thousands of children left destitute; and the city university destroyed, and the bishop killed. It is a well- known fact that even in the last war the native Christians, despite the Turkish cautions, armed themselves and fought on the side of the Allies. In these conflicts, they were not idle, but they were well supplied with artillery, machine guns and inflicted heavy losses on their enemies…."

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