Blind Patriots Damage Armenian Cause

By Hamo Moskofian, Beirut, 23 December 2014

It seems the more things change, the more they remain the same in extremist circles in Turkey. The most recent victim of this mindset are the Turkish intellectuals who have acknowledged the Genocide of Armenians. Among this righteous group is Hassan Cemal, the grandson of the notorious Cemal Pasha, a member of the Young Turk trio which ordered the Genocide of Armenians in 1915.

Hassan Cemal, one of the most prominent journalists and editors in Turkey, visited Armenia recently for a book tour. During his stay, he visited the Dzidzernagapert Genocide Memorial and Museum to pay his respects to the 1.5 Armenian victims of the Ottoman-perpetrated genocide.

By Hamo Moskofian, Beirut, 23 December 2014

It seems the more things change, the more they remain the same in extremist circles in Turkey. The most recent victim of this mindset are the Turkish intellectuals who have acknowledged the Genocide of Armenians. Among this righteous group is Hassan Cemal, the grandson of the notorious Cemal Pasha, a member of the Young Turk trio which ordered the Genocide of Armenians in 1915.

Hassan Cemal, one of the most prominent journalists and editors in Turkey, visited Armenia recently for a book tour. During his stay, he visited the Dzidzernagapert Genocide Memorial and Museum to pay his respects to the 1.5 Armenian victims of the Ottoman-perpetrated genocide.

He even met the grandson of the Armenian who killed Cemal Pasha in Tbilisi. But Even before his return to Turkey, the famous Turkish journalist came under attack by "patriotic" groups for his "betrayal" of his nation. However, Turkey wasn't the only country where Cemal came under attack. In Armenia–far right groups such as the "Aryans" and "Eagles"–viciously criticized the brave Turkish journalist who has spent time in jail for his progressive ideas. The scandalous–almost violent–behavior of these so-called Armenian patriots is no different from that of the murderous Grey Wolves of Turkey. Their ignorance and extremism harms the Armenian Cause.

While Turkey and Azerbaijan are gearing up for a massive anti-Armenian, anti-Genocide recognition campaign next year, these so-called Armenian patriots are damaging the Armenian cause by persecuting this great friend of the Armenians. They owe a big apology to the brave and enlightened Cemal and to the Armenian people.                              

10 comments
  1. Article Credibility

    This article would have been credible if Mr. Moskofian had bothered to state what was it exactly that the "Armenian-far right groups" were unhappy about Hasan Cemal. Was it something that he said or did not say or do or did not do?

    1. What Cemal Said

      I was told that Hasan  Cemal said the members of Nemesis and ASALA were terrorists. Members of Nemesis were avengers, their actions were not terror but revenge. However, can we say the same thing regarding ASALA?

    2. Matter of Manner Not of Substance

      I read with chagrin that Hassan Cemal has cancelled his further public engagements with Armenians over the controversy at Yerevan.

      We should realize that our dealings with Turks will always be in shades of different hues and not as a choice or dismissal of a good-colored Turk vs. a bad-colored Turk, so to speak.

      I was not in Yerevan nor have I read the book but I surmise there are legitimate issues which needed clarification. We should know and learn how to sort these things and not dismiss the whole spectrum that has the potential of enlightening us, although in this instance it could have been brighter.

  2. Claims that Cemal said…

    There are some questions about Hassan Cemal's book that was translated into Armenian. He allegedly omitted passages that are in the Turkish version. If this is true, then even I, who consider myself more to the left, would have a problem with such claims and think clarification from Cemal is necessary.

     

  3. Revenge or Self-Defense

    Operation Nemesis was not so much revenge but rather self-defense. Prior to Talaat Pasha's termination, the Young Turks were readying to launch an attack on what remained of Armenia and Artsakh from the east, west and internally. The initial intent to carry out the operation was revenge, but once the group infiltrated the Young Turks, it learned what the Turks were up to and had to stop them from continuing the Genocide. I say the above based on what my grandfather, who was the "Nemesis" of the operation, told me.

    As for ASALA, I have mixed feelings. The reason being is that prior to the founding of ASALA and the Justice Commandos (ARF), it seems we were coming close to some kind of recognition of the Genocide by segments of society sympathetic to our cause. When these acts of terror against non-violent threats started, we probably lost support from those who would have been supportive had we were peaceful in seeking justice. Around the time that the violent acts started within the ARF and ASALA, the ARF in Lebanon had been infiltrated by the KGB–and not just at a fly on the wall: leaders within the organization had been recruited by the KGB. There are also indications that in the U.S. the CIA was doing the same. I would think that knowing the ASALA history, there was eventually a KGB/CIA connection established. For these reasons, I don't think the direction these organizations followed or do today are in the best interests of the Armenian nation and, in fact, might have and do hinder us today to obtain the justice we are seeking. I know this paragraph is going to get people a bit upset, but this really is something we need to research more as looking at the results of the violent movements of the '70s and '80s and even some things today are the equivalent of bad business choices which result in loss rather than gain.

    1. Hassan Cemal

      Dear Ara Manoogian,

      I would like to make several corrections regarding your assertions about the ASALA.

      1. The ASALA was not created or governed by the KGB but there were leaders who were controlled by the secret services (Al-Moukhabarat) of Saddam's Iraq and Assad's Syria, "United Security" (former Black September) of Al Fatah (Abu Atef Bseiso, Amin Hindi), the Democratic Front of Palestine (Nayef Hawatmeh) and the Workers Voice Radio. They assisted so that the Armenians would take part in operations against Israel and Turkey (close allies at the time). Unfortunately, many of ASALA' s self-proclaimed leaders were corrupted, and were killed in Athens or elsewhere. But the heroic operations of many fedayees like the Justice Commandos of the Armenian Genocide, were the main factors for the re-recognition of the Armenian Genocide!

      According to rumors and verified information, Turkish diplomats demanded that Turkish leader Kenaan Evren tell why were Turkish diplomats being killed. Secret lectures were organized to explain the horrible crimes committed by the Young Turks. Today also they are severely criticized by Erdogan's pan-Islamist state organs.

      2. After these operations, Western intelligence, for two decades, followed and spied on every Armenian political party, blacklisting prominent personalities, even denying them entry visas.

  4. The Armenia Cause.

    We, as Armenians, demand recognition of Genocide from Turkey, yet some of us act like the bad Turks who perpetrated the Genocide. Yes, there were good Turks who tried to help us.

  5. Stolen wealth and property

    Does anyone know if and how much wealth and property Jemal Pasha's family may have amassed that had been confiscated from the Armenians as a result of the Genocide?

    If this be the case, I wonder if Hasan Cemal is willing to put his money where his mouth is and return it to our communities.

    1. Cemal Said

      I was told that when he gave a speech in Toronto last year, Cemal said
      that their family home belonged to Armenians.
      The Ataturk government had given it to his family because they were
      related to Jemal/Cemal Pasha.

  6. Sick and Tired

    I am sick and tired of 99% of these so-called righteous and truthful Turks.

    I would like to know about righteous Armenians.  That is, Armenians who, despite having been horribly mistreated by Turks, always treated Turks fairly before, during, and after the Genocide.  There were and still are many millions of such Armenians.

    I am sure there are many such righteous Armenians.

    In other words, why speak just about righteous Turks? How many destitute or starving Turks did Armenians help, take in, or spare when they, the Armenians, had it within their power to maim or kill these Turks who had abetted or committed genocide against Armenians, or who had stolen Armenian property, land, farms, etc.?

    The Turks are very fortunate to have committed genocide against Armenians, Hellenes, and Syriacs, and gotten away with it.

    We are supposed to be ever-so-grateful Turks who simply acknowledge the plain facts?

    Turks should be grateful to Armenians, not the other way around. Where are the Turks who express gratitude to Armenians? I have not heard of even one.
     

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