MODERN TURKEY STILL DENIES THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
Denial of genocide is the universal strategy of perpetrators who know that truth is the last victim of genocide. Instead of admitting it or feeling some kind of indignation and compassion, the perpetrators, as we have seen in chapter one, try to distort genocide, deny it and silence anyone who uncovers it. Denial is the rejection of facts and washing hands of any responsibility by blaming the victims for their own destruction.
To deny the Armenian Genocide the Turkish government establishes the following strategies:
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- Buying the conscience of some scholars to distort the facts.
- Threatening or blackmailing regional or international powers to reinterpret the historical events which are harmful to Turkey’s reputation.
- Pulling in Turkish school from the curriculum any mention of genocide.
- Erasing every Armenian cultural, historical, religious or ethnic trace.
- Punishing anybody who speaks, writes or debates about genocide.
- Euphemizing certain expressions to soften a harsh reality or to change or distort the real meaning of what happened in 1915. Therefore, “deportation” has to be understood as “transfer of population to more secure places”; “death due to forced journey to Deir Ezzor” becomes “the results of illness, excessive heat, or bad behavior of Kurdish tribes” ; or, “the Armenians abandoned their homes” has to be considered “temporarily relocation”.
- Avoiding any similarity between Armenian Genocide and Holocaust. Talking extensively about Jewish Holocaust would diminish the impact of the horrifying years of 1915-1918.
- Emphasizing the genocides of Vietnam, Palestine, Rowanda, and Darfur in order to cause to forget the Armenian Genocide.
- Relating the past to the present and draw a conclusion: The Armenians are terrorists now who killed Turkish ambassadors, so antecedently they were also terrorists. Or, the Armenians were manipulated by the Soviet Russia, as they were manipulated by the Tsarist Russia. Or, the Armenians have territorial claims the way they had it during World War I.
- Attempting to deflect sympathy away from the Armenians by claiming that Turkey had as many victims as the Armenians.
- Advocating that a large scale of atrocities did not occur and Turks sheltered Armenian refugees.
- Claiming that if Turkey intended to destroy the Armenians, how the majority of the Armenians could have survived?
- THERE WAS NO PLAN TO DESTROY ARMENIANS, BUT ONLY THE WARTIME NECESSITY OF RELOCATING THEM FOR THE SAKE OF MILITARY SECURITY.