Humanities Sary, Jo-Ann
On World War I, there were two million Armenians in the falling apart of the Ottoman Empire. By 1922, there were fewer than 400,000. The others some 1.5 million Armenians were killed in what historians consider genocide.
Widely praised history of World War I and its aftermath, “A Peace to End All Peace Rape and beating were a common place”. Those who were not killed at once were driven through mountains and deserts without food, drink or shelter. Hundreds of thousands of Armenians eventually died or were killed on there way to a place they were never supposed to make it to. The man who invented the word “genocide” Raphael Lemkin, a lawyer of Jewish origin was moved to investigate the attempt to eliminate an entire people by accounts of the massacres of Armenians. But he never even did help with the with the investigation of the “genocide”. But to the Turks, what happened in 1915 was, just one messier piece of a very messy war that spelled the end of a once-powerful empire. They reject the conclusions of historians and the term genocide, saying there was no premeditation in the deaths, any kind of attempt to destroy a people. in Turkey today it remains a crime “insulting Turkishness” to even raise the issue of what happened to the Armenians. In the United States, a powerful Armenian community centered in Los Angeles has been pressing for years for Congress to condemn the Armenian genocide. Turkey, which cut military ties to France over a similar action, has reacted with angry threats. A bill to that effect nearly passed in the fall of 2007, gaining a majority of co-sponsors and passing a committee vote. But at that time the Bush administration, had voting that Turkey is a critical ally so more than 70 per cent of the military air supplies for Iraq go through the airbase...
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