The Armenian Genocide

During the Great War (World War One) there was an incident that many want to forget and others choose to ignore….that incident became known as the Armenian Genocide.

I bring this up because for too long it has been ignored….and incident that killed about a million people and some want to pretend that it never happened.

But thanks to the film industry a couple of films have been made that should bring this event to the forefront and let the debate once again begin……

But for those that are not sure of what I write…….

In 1915, leaders of the Turkish government set in motion a plan to expel and massacre Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire. Though reports vary, most sources agree that there were about 2 million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire at the time of the massacre. By the early 1920s, when the massacres and deportations finally ended, some 1.5 million of Turkey’s Armenians were dead, with many more forcibly removed from the country. Today, most historians call this event a genocide–a premeditated and systematic campaign to exterminate an entire people. However, the Turkish government does not acknowledge the enormity or scope of these events. Despite pressure from Armenians and social justice advocates throughout the world, it is still illegal in Turkey to talk about what happened to Armenians during this era.

Source: Armenian Genocide – Facts & Summary – HISTORY.com

Asa I have said…thanks to the film industry the controversy has once again opened up to the world……

This piece originally appeared on BillMoyers.com.

Here’s a different kind of story about media and politics.

It demonstrates how the monstrosity of a crime a century old still divides and scorches the world. And it’s one more example of how digital technology is changing geopolitics at every level, from interfering with other nation’s elections to the current wave of ransomware cyberattacks and even the release of motion pictures.

Source: The internet won’t let Armenia go away – Salon.com

The internet is proving a valuable source for the history of this genocide…..

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13 thoughts on “The Armenian Genocide

  1. Hopefully, this new blockbuster film may educate some more people about this shameful event.
    Or they might just eat popcorn of course…
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. The problem is the Turks will never let it into the country. My history club did a panel display about genocide at my college campus and included the Armenian genocide in the info. There was nearly a fight between the history club and the Turkish students right there at the display the night we set it up. When Microsoft Encarta was being sold around the world (before wikipedia and other online dictionaries, of course), Turkey refused to allow the product be sold in their country unless the info about the Armenian genocide was removed.

    It’s stupid because of something I heard once and really believe. Every one of us has slave blood running through our veins from some ancestor somewhere. And every one of us has descended from victims of and perpetrators of genocide in our long human history. It’s ridiculous because this event was over 100 years ago, and if they cling to the notion that they never committed that genocide, they’d be the only nationality in the entire course of human history that didn’t. Considering the length of time…yeah, I doubt that.

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