Tuesday, April 28, 2015

"InTurkey's Battle over the "Genocide word" who won?" Al Monitor

Turkish grave stones at the Gallipoli War Site.
Sentiment among world leaders and governments is this: "a Genocide occurred in 1915 as Armenians lost their lives."

Obama said: “I have consistently stated my own view of what occurred in 1915, and my view has not changed. A full, frank and just acknowledgement of the facts is in all our interests. Peoples and nations grow stronger, and build a foundation for a more just and tolerant future, by acknowledging and reckoning with painful elements of the past. We welcome the expression of views by Pope Francis, Turkish and Armenian historians, and the many others who have sought to shed light on this dark chapter of history.”

Turkish men and women praying at the Gallipoli War Site
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, comparing the attendance in terms of arithmetic between the centennial of the Armenian genocide in Yerevan and the centennial ceremonies of the Gallipoli campaign in the city of Canakkale (Dardenelles) said, "Thank God, 20 world leaders came to ours while only while two (world leaders) went to theirs." 

Why is Turkey conducting a "Popularity Poll" at the time of the Gallipoli commemorations?

How did those 1915 events influence the creation of the word, "Genocide"?

What will Turkey's response be to Russia after even Putin called the events a "Genocide"?

A fine article examining this "battle of words" in Al Monitor is found here.

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