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Remembering the Armenian Genocide

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Posted on Apr 24, 2010
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Protesters march in the Little Armenia neighborhood of Los Angeles in 2008.

Every year on April 24, Armenians around the world commemorate what they call “Genocide Remembrance Day” in honor of the 1.5 million Armenians who died in the genocide from 1915 to 1923.

This year’s commemoration comes as a deal that would see Armenia normalizing relations with Turkey, perpetrator of the genocide, appeared to be on the verge of collapse. —JCL

Al Jazeera English:

Armenians have been commemorating what they call ‘Genocide Remembrance Day’, in the wake of the apparent collapse of a deal to normalise relations with their old enemy, Turkey.

From early morning onwards, tens of thousands of people made their way slowly and solemnly up the long, steep hill to the imposing stone monument which commemorates the Armenians who died during mass killings in Ottoman Turkey almost a century ago.

They queued to lay red tulips and white carnations around the eternal flame at the centre of the monument, high above the city.

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By thebeerdoctor, April 25, 2010 at 6:48 am Link to this comment

It is Robert Fisk who pointed out in The Great War For Civilisation: The Conquest Of The Middle East, that a universal recognition of this first holocaust of the 20th century is important to all peoples of the world. It should never be forgotten that Adolph Hitler said: “Who remembers the Armenians?”

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By Inherit The Wind, April 25, 2010 at 5:50 am Link to this comment

Having visited Turkey a few times and having found the people warm and friendly, I am disappointed that they cannot recognize the Ottomans’ murder of Armenians, that same Ottoman empire that Ataturk helped overturn and replace, creating a secular government in Turkey.

It seems a simple solution: “We empathize with the Armenian people and remember those dead by the brutal and illegal actions of the former Turkish regime.” or something like that.  You know, admit it but blame it on the Ottomans and on people long dead.

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By Arm, April 24, 2010 at 11:19 pm Link to this comment
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America is afraid of Turkey!  They threaten to take away the bases from America and America bows to them.  Shame on the most powerful and richest country in the world, in succumbing to a cruel and racist country.  I guess, America is not a humanitarian country, after all, when politics rule their conscience.

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By francoma@optonline.net, April 24, 2010 at 3:34 pm Link to this comment
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Sorry my beautiful Armenians there will be no acknowlegment of the great crime against your loved ones. Here in America there is no acknowlegment of the crimes against native people or the enslavement of Africans. Currently there is “ethnic cleansing” going on in Palestine. More people spoke out for the Armenians then that speak out for the people of Palestine. Today there are museums in America for only one crime which is accepted as worthy of acknowlegment the Jews in WW11. Never forget your ancestors remember today’s Palestinians. Tazdelaney most eloquent thoughts.Frank

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By tazdelaney, April 24, 2010 at 12:45 pm Link to this comment

back in about 1991, gwh bush commemorated the armenian genocide with the unveiling of a statue for it in washington which pointed the finger at the turks. the turkish response was to erect a statue of geronimo comemorating the genocide of the native peoples killed in the theft of what is now called america, a holocaust which killed some 12-15 million people from 1500-1900, when there were barely 1 million left and those were mostly in concentration camps called reservations…

i knew i couldn’t vote for obama (much less mccain), once i saw a video clip of him cornered by bill oreilley on fox news about the fact that the obama family minister was on record as saying that america was always based upon racist genocide. obama squirmed and replied, quote, “no good american believes those things he says.” well, this makes obama a massive holocaust-denier since history clearly shows the genocide of the ‘indians’ and that some 8 million africans were killed in the slave trade to bring 10 million or so slaves to america. i rightly figured that if he would so readily sell out his own people as that, he would sell out his mother and any campaign ‘promises.’

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By thebeerdoctor, April 24, 2010 at 11:24 am Link to this comment

Yet President Obama refuses to use the word genocide.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE63N1DX20100424

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By Arm, April 24, 2010 at 9:44 am Link to this comment
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I resent the comment “what they call Genocide Rememberance Day.”  We have solid proof that this Genocide happened.  Why is the world so afraid to acknowledge this tragedy?  My father, my uncle, my aunts and my grandmother were survivors of this Genocide.  They lost brothers, sons, sisters during the forced marches in the desert.  Let’s act as humanitarian people that we are and accept this Genocide.  We will never forget, just as the Jews do not forget.

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