Sunday, April 24, 2005

“Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?”

Adolf Hitler, to his generals.

That was an excerpt from The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America's Response

One of the many books on The Armenian Genocide. Amazon has 143 titles under that subject alone and 1433 about Armenia. Most people have never even heard of Armenia. A small country in Eurasia. From the beginning of Armenia's existence, it was controlled by other countries and its once great and fruitful land stolen from. The first counry to accept Christianity. Armenia was under Soviet rule for 75 years and many people assume Armenian's are Russians. Most people don't see that the two countries do not have the same language, customs, foods or heritage. Most people do not realize how many countries made up the Soviet Union and they were all different from one another. If most people cannot even take the time to understand this distinction, to even know other cultures outside of their own. It does not surprise me that most people do not care to know that over a million Armenians were tortured to death by the Turkish government during W.W.I between the years 1915 and 1918, just for being Armenian. Armenians lived somewhat peacefully with their Turkish rulers until a band of extreme nationalists (Young Turks ) took power and blamed the Armenians for their own countrymen not being as well off. Armenians were (and still are) the scholars, the builders and leaders in Turkey. The Young Turks wanted Turkey just to be made up of Turks and to take over Armenia's vast land and make one large Turkey. My paternal grandmother lost her sister and her family's land during this horrific time. Since I was a child I heard stories of the Genocide at home, yet in my American school there were no mention of this. It is as if the truth was wiped from history books or just not cared about at all. I remember some time ago having a conversation online with a stranger, an acquaintance I believe of someone I know. The stranger challenged how I knew more about Armenians and the Genocide than the media outlets. (Yes its an absurd question.) What he failed to realize is that most media outlets don't care about getting the information correct. They care about ratings and selling papers. So they will omit information truthfully knowing that the vast majority of the population can be easily swayed with stories of JLo and Brittany. Today is the 90 anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. There will be events commemorating the survivors (there are not many left). I hope one day Turkey will admit to its wrong doing (an understatement), that America will pass a bill recognizing the day and that a tragedy like that will never happen again.

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I am very impressed with Dean Cain.

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