Thursday, 2 June 2016

Turkey Making Powerful Enemies

Article Two of the UN Convention on Genocide of December 1948 describes genocide as carrying out acts intended 'to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group'.
In 1915, over a million died when the Turks rounded up and deported Armenians to the Syrian desert and elsewhere where they were killed or died from starvation or disease.
If that doesn't satisfy the UN criteria for the mass killing of Armenians as a genocide then nothing does despite what Turkey say who refuse to accept that atrocities were committed but argue that there was no systematic attempt to destroy the Armenian people and bristle when the terminology used describes it as so.
Turkey has now recalled its envoy to Germany in protest against German MPs declaring the 1915 massacre of Armenians during WWI was 'genocide' with Turkey calling the vote: 'an example of ignorance and disrespect' and the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said the resolution would have a seriously affect on relations with Germany, and that the government would consider further measures in response to the vote, expected to mean the deal struck in March where Turkey agreed to take back migrants arriving on Greek islands.
It ends a busy week for the Turkish President who began the week with the claim that men and women are not equal and birth control was treason before spending mid-week berating the USA for supporting the Kurds in Syria and then ending it threatening  Germany over its decision to recognise the Armenian genocide.
Someone should tap Erdogan on the shoulder and point out that he is making some very powerful enemies.

4 comments:

Keep Life Simple said...

"...in part..." Is a pretty wide reaching definition!

Keep Life Simple said...

Erdogan is acting dumb, but does it really matter that Turkey take responsibility for the actions taken by others 100 years ago by people that no longer live, done to people whose offspring are already dead? Really?

We have enough world conflict without everybody getting their feelings butt hurt for things that happened before anybody living today were born. I can at least understand Hiroshima, Nagasaki. Some of those survivors are still alive.

Stop the madness... China, Japan, Korea's, Israel, Lybia, Iran, Iraq, etc

Falling on a bruise said...

It matters because the Turks seem to be trying to downplay it, to rewrite history, so to call it a genocide makes it historically accurate.

Keep Life Simple said...

So, recording it in history books is fine. Making him or their government apologize is over the top. Labeling him or Turkey is also over the top.

People need to let go of the ancient past if we want to move forward...