23 Sep 2006

Armenian Genocide

 I don't live in Turkey, so I may say this:

The Armenian Genocide (Armenian: Հայոց Ցեղասպանություն, Turkish: Ermeni Soykırımı) — also known as the Armenian Holocaust, Great Calamity (Մեծ Եղեռն) or the Armenian Massacre — refers to the forced mass evacuation and related deaths of hundreds of thousands or over a million Armenians, during the government of the Young Turks from 1915 to 1917 in the Ottoman Empire. Some main aspects of the event are a matter of ongoing dispute among the academic community and between parts of the international community and Turkey. Although it is generally agreed that events comprising the Armenian Genocide did occur, the Turkish government and several international historians reject the label "genocide," and claim that the deaths among the Armenians were not a result of a state-sponsored plan of mass extermination, but of inter-ethnic strife, disease and famine during the turmoil of World War I.

Despite this disagreement, most Armenian, Russian, Western, and an increasing number of Turkish scholars term the massacres a genocide. For example, most Western sources point to the sheer scale of the death toll as evidence for a systematic, organized plan to eliminate the group. The event is also said to be the second-most studied case of genocide,[1]" and often draws comparison with the Holocaust and the Holodomor. To date 21 countries, as discussed below, have officially described it as genocide.

Source: Armenian Genocide - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

More on: The Forgotten (in Flashy Flash), a very good site with lots of information here, Genocide 1915 and on this map on The Armenian National Institute you can see the extend of this genocide. And there is a lot more, do your own search so we do not forget.