Turkey, Armenia and the Tragedies of Wars

I came across this article on yahoo.com, and I’d like to share it with you. The writer, Merve Sebnem Oruç is a managing editor in online journalism and a commentator in Turkey.

Australians commemorating Anzac day at Gallipoli

Australians commemorating Anzac day at Gallipoli

“Gallipoli is a good place to start for resolving the historic dispute between Turkey and Armenians.

“The Battle of Gallipoli was one of the most critical scenes in Turkey’s history. Britain and France opened an overseas front in Gallipoli in East Thrace and tried to overcome the Ottomans. The Russian Empire was promised the capital Istanbul by the two of Entente Powers of World War I. It was a fight for the survival of a nation, a struggle for life or death.

“The victory in Gallipoli didn’t help Turks win the war but it gave hope to resist and start the war of independence a couple of years later. The resistance is honoured every year on March 18 in Gallipoli and on the shores of the Dardanelles.

“Gallipoli is of significant importance to others like Australia and New Zealand. Each year, on April 25, they commemorate the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who died in Gallipoli. This is known as ANZAC day.

“It was a battle away from home. It wasn’t even their war. They were dominions of the British Empire when the war broke out. Gallipoli is now a symbol of their national identity and existence. Their nations were born there.

Armenians remember 24 April with greater sorrow

Armenians remember 24 April with greater sorrow

“This year is the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has invited more than 100 world leaders, including Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, to attend centennial commemoration ceremonies. The UK’s Prince Charles and the prime ministers of Australia and New Zealand are expected to take part in the ceremonies as well.

“It is upsetting that Sargsyan has decided to reject the invitation, which would have helped lead us one step closer to understanding and reaching closure on the tragic events of 1915. The invitation, after all, was yet another historic move following Erdoğan’s statement.

“Turkey will commemorate the centennial on April 24 instead of the regular memorial date, March 18, in a symbolic gesture of compassion. April 24 also marks the start of the deportation of Armenians by Turkish unionist authorities – it is the day Armenians around the world traditionally commemorate their ancestors who were killed in that campaign.

“Ten years ago, merely talking about 1915 [in Turkey] was a feat of bravery, but now there is no taboo when discussing anything out loud.

“Discussing and understanding history is more conducive to progress than being stuck at the same point for years, and Gallipoli is one of the most appropriate places to start.” Read the whole artice.

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4 thoughts on “Turkey, Armenia and the Tragedies of Wars

  1. ARMENIAN TERROR STARTED IN SECOND HALF OF 1800IES TILL 1918 TO ESTABLISH NATION STATE.BACKED BY USA,FRANCE,UK AND RUSSIA THEY USED MASS MEDIA TO BRAIN WASH PUBLIC OPINION AND SLAUGHTER MOSLEMS IN THE REGION BY TERROR ORGANISATIONS LIKE HINCHAK (1871)AND TASHNAKSUDYUN(1891) .AFTER EMIGRATION IN 1915 ,THEY INVADED EAST ANATOLIA(1916) WITH RUSSIAN FORCES AND KEPT SLAUGHTERING EVEN WHILE RETREATING . IF IT WEREN’T FOR 1917 RUSSIAN REVOLUTION THEY WOULD LIKELY HAVE BIG ARMENIA . SOME FOREIGN SCHOLARS DESPITE ALL KIND OF THREATS THEY FACE ,THEY DARE TO REFUSE GENOCIDE CLAIM LİKE JMC HARTHY,B.LEWIS(SENTENCED İN SWITZERLAND),G.LEWY(HAD A TRIAL IN USA) ,S.SHAW (HIS HOUSE SET ON FIRE)…THE WEST STILL HOLDS DOUBLE STANDARD TO IGNORE MORE THAN HALF A MILLION MOSLEM OTTOMONS SLAUGHTERED BY ARMENIANS WHILE EXAGERRATING ARMENIAN LOSSES.TIME IS WORKING IN OUR FAVOR AS FACTS ARE BEING ELUCIDATED AND CAN BE COMMUNICATED TO UNBIASED WESTERN COMMUNITY.

      • Not limited to only 2 sides to a story, war-stories have several sides of 3 or more… (Warring factions and their banking funds)
        What is often noted about war is that the first thing to go missing is the truth.
        Lies to justify the war, lies to declare war, lies to continue the war, lies to fund the war…

        I immediately noted a glaring omission: No Mention of MONEY.
        Wars are the most profitable industry for a very select few, and funding wars takes massive planning efforts. Meaning funding and transaction receipts before, during and after war is a very important fact retrieval for any serious investigation.
        The mantra: “FOLLOW The Money” trails is more than a cute euphemism.

        Have joy in your day 🙂

  2. Thanks, Ron. Yeah, I thought about writing ‘at least two sides’ at the time – and if you follow my blog you’ll know I have strong opinions about money and bankers too 😉 I appreciate your interest and feedback. Keep up the good work!

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