Thursday, October 11, 2007

Bernard Lewis Rebuts the Armenian Genocide Claim

The U.S. House of Representatives' Foreign Affairs Committee passed a non-binding resolution supporting Armenian claims that the Ottoman Turks carried out "genocide" against them from 1915-1923; the vote passed 27 to 21.

While it certainly is true that tens of thousands of Armenians were killed and tens of thousands of others were forcibly removed from much of central and eastern Anatolia. However, the Turkish and Armenian governments continue to disagree over the exact numbers of people who were killed; Turkey says 300,000 and Armenia 1.5 million. In reality, evidence supporting the 1.5 million claim is sketchy at best and arguably isn't even available.

Armenians also prefer to leave out the fact that a massive and violent insurrection by Armenians in Turkey preceded the Ottoman response. Although of anectdotal value, a friend and colleague of mine who is a Turkish Kurd had family members who were massacred and beheaded by Armenian "insurgents."

Here Bernard Lewis, the Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies Emeritus at Princeton University and someone whom I agree with on basically little else, convincingly rebuts claims that the Ottoman suppression of their revolt was "genocide."

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1 comment:

Majid said...

ya thats gonna get you hated on by Armenians lol