Islam’s Armenian Genocide – Template for the Holocaust

March 1, 2010 07:25

Pamela Geller via Atlas Shrugs

The Armenians call it their holocaust – the 1915 forced deportation and massacre of just under two million Christian Armenians by the Turks. But the Turks and our own government have refused to call it genocide. Obama campaigned on the promise, but of course we know what Obama’s promises are worth.

Telling the truth about Islam is considered “slander” in the sharia. CBS’s 60 minutes does a segment on the Armenian genocide, the precursor to the Holocaust, another Islamic-inspired extermination.

Primitive gas chambers, templates later adopted by the Nazis. Hitler was inspired by the Mufti who was an Ottoman Empire Officer in the Armenian genocide.

Covering for Islam’s act(s) of genocide encourages more Islamic genocide [think Sudan].

Muslim soldiers for the Third Reich

The Ummah fought for the Reich

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(CBS) The Ottoman Turks developed a template, which according to genocide scholars, was later adopted by the Nazis.

“Most dramatically we have Adolf Hitler saying eight days before invading Poland in 1939, ‘Who today, after all, speaks of the annihilation of the Armenians?’ Hitler was inspired by the Armenian extermination. You know, it made him think, ‘Well, sure you know, you can get rid of a hated minority group and if you’re powerful and your side wins, that event will never get recorded,'” Balakian explained.

The Turks dispute the evidence that Hitler ever uttered those words or was inspired by the events of 1915. Nonetheless, when the Ottomans were swept from power, and the modern Turkish state was founded, all memory of what happened to the Armenians was erased. Records were destroyed, a new alphabet was adopted and ever since, the massacres have not been taught in schools.

The use of the word genocide is regarded as an insult to Turkish nation; it is a jailable offense.

(CBS) Wars are fought over oil, land, water, but rarely over history, especially about something that happened nearly 100 years ago. But that’s what Turkey and Armenia are still fighting over: what to label the mass deportation and subsequent massacre of more than a million Christian Armenians from Ottoman Turkey during World War I.

Armenians and an overwhelming number of historians say that Turkey’s rulers committed genocide, that its actions were a model for what Hitler did to the Jews. The Turks, meanwhile, say their ancestors never carried out such crimes, and that they too were victims in a world war.

Ever since, this battle over history has not only ensnared the two nations but even the White House and Congress, where resolutions officially recognizing the genocide are currently moving through the House and Senate.

But our story begins where the lives of so many Armenians ended, far from Istanbul, in the desert.

“60 Minutes” and correspondent Bob Simon took a drive into what is now Syria, to the barren wilderness, to what amounts to the largest Armenian cemetery in the world.

“As many as 450,000 Armenians died here,” author Peter Balakian told Simon.

Balakian is an Armenian American who has written extensively about what happened in this desolate place.

According to Balakian, 450,000 Armenians died in this spot in the desert. “In this region called Deir Zor, it is the greatest graveyard of the Armenian Genocide,” he explained.

Deir Zor is to Armenians what Auschwitz is to Jews. The most ghoulish thing about the place is that 95 years later the evidence of the massacres is everywhere.

Just a short distance from the banks of Euphrates there’s a dump. It’s also the site of a mass grave. It has never been excavated. All we had to do was scratch the surface of the sand to collect evidence of what had happened here.

Under the surface was evidence of bones. “It’s the hill full of bones,” said Dr. Haroot Kahvejian, an Armenian dentist who showed Simon around.

“Nobody bothered to dig them up until now?” Simon asked.

It was extraordinary standing on a mound where perhaps thousands of people lie entombed. There is no record of who they were or where they could have come from.

“Look at that. There are kids who know exactly where they are. They are finding them by the dozen,” Simon observed.

“Evidence comes in many forms. It comes in photographs, it comes in texts and telegrams,” Balakian said. “And it also comes in bones.”

So just how did all these bones end up here?

In 1915, the First World War was raging and the Ottoman Empire was crumbling. The Armenians were a Christian minority who were considered infidels by the ruling Muslims — a fifth column who sided with the enemy in the war.

The fact that they were prosperous didn’t help, says Balakian, whose great uncle survived the genocide and wrote about it in a memoir Armenian Golgotha.

“Like the Jews of Europe the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire had a dominant role in commerce and trade, they were highly educated, many of them,” Balakian.

And he said they were highly resented.
Asked what happened next, Balakian said, “What happens from the spring of 1915 on through the summer is a well orchestrated project of government planned arrests and deportations.”

Some were forced to buy round trip tickets for train journeys from which they never returned. They ended up in box cars; the rest, mostly women and children were forced on death marches for hundreds of miles. Many perished from starvation, disease or brutal killings. The survivors ended up in concentration camps hundreds of miles from Istanbul, out of sight.

At the time of the deportations, American diplomats in the region sent dispatches to Washington detailing what they had seen and heard. Just weeks after the arrests had begun, Henry Morgenthau the U.S. ambassador, sent off this one: “Deportation of and excesses against peaceful Armenians is increasing and from harrowing reports of eyewitnesses it appears that a campaign of race extermination is in progress…”

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