Last night while watching the news on television I noticed how the media’s perspective has changed about the Armenian Genocide. For a hundred years the media referred to the genocide as “mass killings” and now they are not shy of giving it its right name, Genocide. This is both a sad and happy phenomenon for me personally.
I can’t help but wonder, why did it take most countries in the world a hundred years to acknowledge the injustice committed against us the Armenians? Was it because Pope Francis courageously called it the first Genocide of the 20th century? Why throughout all those years did the media refrain from calling those atrocities Genocide? Isn’t journalism all about the truth and less about politics?
According to Robert Fisk, the first writer to call the Armenian genocide a holocaust was Winston Churchill. For him:
“The clearance of the race from Asia Manor was about as complete as such an act could be… there is no reasonable doubt that this crime was planned and executed for political reasons. The opportunity presented itself for clearing Turkish soil of a Christian race opposed to all Turkish ambitions, cherishing national ambitions that could be satisfied only at the expense of Turkey, and planted geographically between Turkish and Caucasian Moslems.”
In 1933 Churchill also wrote:
“The Armenian people emerged from the Great War scattered, extirpated in many districts, and reduced through massacre, losses of war and enforced deportations adopted as an easy system if killing… the Armenians and their tribulations were well known throughout England and the United States… Their persecutors and tyrants had been laid low by war or revolution. The greatest nations in the hour of their victory were their friends, and would see them righted.”
And then many years later Adolf Hitler ordered the annihilation of Poles. On August 22, 1939, he wrote the following:
“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?”
We can never forget. We will never forget to demand justice!
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