Of Course Germany Refused to Deny the Armenian Genocide

Robert Fisk, Independent, 2 June 2016
 
The Turks always shout and threaten when someone wants to acknowledge the facts of history: that one and a half million Armenian Christians were the victims of Turkish Ottoman genocide in 1915. But did Sultan Erdogan really think that Germany – of all nations – would choose to be a Holocaust denier? 
 
 
Genocide Memorial, Yerevan, Armenia
 
Well, the German parliament has voted by a quite extraordinary majority to declare the Armenian genocide a genocide – which the whole world (except, of course, for the Turks) knows it to be. There were the usual menaces to Germany – a danger to cultural/trade/military “ties” – from the government in Ankara and flocks of vicious e-mails to German MPs, but the parliamentary resolution rubbed in the fact that Ottoman Turkey was an ally of Germany when it perpetrated the atrocities and that Germany itself did not do enough to stop the genocide.
 

Robert Fisk, Independent, 2 June 2016
 
The Turks always shout and threaten when someone wants to acknowledge the facts of history: that one and a half million Armenian Christians were the victims of Turkish Ottoman genocide in 1915. But did Sultan Erdogan really think that Germany – of all nations – would choose to be a Holocaust denier? 
 
 
Genocide Memorial, Yerevan, Armenia
 
Well, the German parliament has voted by a quite extraordinary majority to declare the Armenian genocide a genocide – which the whole world (except, of course, for the Turks) knows it to be. There were the usual menaces to Germany – a danger to cultural/trade/military “ties” – from the government in Ankara and flocks of vicious e-mails to German MPs, but the parliamentary resolution rubbed in the fact that Ottoman Turkey was an ally of Germany when it perpetrated the atrocities and that Germany itself did not do enough to stop the genocide.
 

Poor Angela Merkel – who still prays that Sultan Erdogan will stand by her Operation Bribery campaign and keep back the refugees from the EU for a whopping €3bn and an offer of visa free travel in the eurozone – chose to stay absent from the vote. So did her vice-chancellor and her sad foreign minister, who would not have voted for the motion anyway. The greatest irony – utterly ignored by all politicians and journalists – is that the refugees and migrants whom Europe is now so frightened of come, in many cases, from the very towns and deserts in which the Turks committed their acts of horror against the Armenians 101 years ago.
 

The skulls and bones of Armenians still lie in the sands south of the Turkish border which Isis now controls; and when al-Nusrah captured parts of Deir ez-Zor, they blew up the Armenian cathedral of the Syrian city, took the bones of genocide victims from the vaults and scattered them in the streets.  Several German officials who witnessed the original genocide went on to use their ‘expertise’ during the Jewish Holocaust in the Nazi occupied Soviet Union. And Hitler, preparing to invade Poland in 1939, asked his generals: “Who…is today speaking of the annihilation of the Armenians?”

Needless to say, we saw the usual weedy fence-sitting by the news agencies (especially by those with offices in Ankara and Istanbul) who emphasised the Turkish denial of the genocide and the “hotly disputed” nature of an international crime against humanity which – were those same agencies writing of the Jewish genocide – they would rightly never dare to ‘balance’ by quotations from deniers.

France and Russia and at least 18 other nations now accept the Armenian genocide as a fact of history, along with good old Pope Francis – the only major exception being the one whose name we would all guess: the US. An almost annual visit to Washington by a coterie of Turkish generals is usually enough to bring the White House to heel. Doesn’t  America need those important air bases in south-eastern Turkey from which the US wages war against Isis (and from which, speak it not, Turkey now wages war against Kurds)?

But thank God, once more, for Germany. Here was one vote for which the country would be certain to snap obediently to attention.

 

13 comments
  1. Armenian Genocide

    Հայ նահատակներուն յիշատակը վառ պահող լուսաւոր մոմ մը եւս։

  2. Germany Refused to Deny the Armenian Genocide

    Nice to have Mr. Fisk defending the Armenian just cause. But, of course, he forgot to mention Britain and Israel which probably hold the key to the U.S. 

  3. The Turkish Way

    Now a look at the “coming soon”:  Turkey is sure to make big noise. It will call back its ambassador to Germany, call German representatives to the Turkish foreign ministry, make protests and many threats, but fulfill a few of them. It maybe even kill Armenian and Kurdish parliamentarians,  just to teach others to mind their manners. They might even partly suspend relations.

    Then, in less than a few months, Turkish diplomats will be back in Berlin asking if anyone would care “another helping of fresh caviar, just in from Azerbaijan” in the form of conferences, free tours and  meetings for politicians, media, etc., just to see what a nice, democratic, progressive place Turkey really is!

    I can’t understand why the Armenian lobby in the U.S., which is well acquainted with the Canadian-Turkish experience,  never reacts to their states-persons telling the public: “Sure, we are so sad about the Medz Yeghern, but, you know, Turkey is so important to the U.S.”, when it is not!  "Important to us" (the few influentials) is probably what they mean.

  4. Make the connection between 1915 and 2016

    Nations must recognize that Armenia today is hemmed in by two aggressive, genocidal countries:

    Turkey with around 80 million people, and Azerbaijan with around 10 million people.

    To simply acknowledge the Genocide of 1915-23 without seeing that the same pan-Turkic situation is developing today is to miss the most important point.

    The situation is even worse today than in World War 1 because Western nations and NATO  fully support Turkey's eastern thrust toward Azerbaijan and beyond.  That was not the case in WW 1.

    The Genocide is not just a historical issue.  It is a present day issue.  Too many Armenians do not make that connection. 

    Armenian leaders, organizations, political analysts, and historians — assuming they even understand this – must explain the realities to them.

  5. Armenian Genocide

    My father, Vartan Tashjian, was one ot the five family members that survived the Marash killings. His first wife, son and 62 family members were massacred while he was serving in the Turkish Army on the Palestine front (1916-1918). Today my heart feels a bit lighter at Germany's admission of the Armenian Genocide. At 80, I have not been able to completely dismiss the feeling for revenge. May be I still have time………

  6. Turkish and German Conspiracy

    Sometimes I suspect that Turkey and Angela Merkel-led Germany, with the help of Azerbaijan, are planning to repeat the 1915 Armenian Genocide this time around by keeping, we, Armenians focused on Genocide issue while they gradually eating-up Armenia and Karabakh in order to create the long-dreamed Pan Turkism. A Persian poem compares such a situation to a house standing on extremely poor foundations while the naive landlord is thinking about facade beautification. I'm afraid the Genocide issue is becoming extremely more important for us than the frightening ArmeniaKarabakh security issue. 

    1. Let’s keep up the good work

      I’m afraid I have to disagree with you on this.

      Far from being the decoration on the façade, Genocide recognition is the foundation: old and inconspicuous, yet a (partial) fulfillment of a century old goal and task, on which – provided we act sensibly – we can build the pillars you mention, i.e. real and sustainable sovereignty, and peace, for Armenian states, be they one or two.

      1. Let’s Keep Up with Good Work”

        Blah, blah, blah, a beautiful master plan, at least temporarily heartwarming, but doesn't it cross our minds that by the time the project is ready, perhaps in 2116, the upcoming generation will say, "Koo koozegaro, koozekharo, koozehforoosh"? Like the Wilsonian Plan? Apsos.

        I would be very happy to be proved wrong, but sorry to say, the barbarians, in western tie and suit, systematically, methodically and patiently are already implementing their master plan of Pan-Turkism. We can see it implemented by the smart use of the Georgian corridor, with all its military, energy and other potentials. We have zero friends in the barbarian trap. One "shabikhoon" and we are gone with the wind, while our darling Russia is still waiting for an apology from that same barbarian Turks as they continue arming Azerbaijan.

        1. Պարզապէս

          Խօսքս այն է որ ցեղասպանութեան միջազգային (մանաւանդ  ձեր՝ Ամերիկացիների կողմից) ճանաչումը զգալիօրէն կը նպաստէ այս suit-and-tie-աւոր barbarian-ների shabikhoon-ին դիմադրելուն:

          1. Barzabes

            First of all I apologize for my answer to "Let's keep up with good work" by mistake starting with "Blah blah blah" instead of "Bah bah bah" which was my original intention in order to admire, praise the idea of assuming the Internat'l Recognition of the Arm.Gen. as the foundation of  Arm/Artsakh security.

            Secondly, I tried to explain that the enemy alliance has already successfully secured its plans of  creating a Turkic military, energy and other necessities for crushing Armenia/Artsakh defense easily when the right time comes.

            But, the enemy's right time seems one of these days compared with Arm. Gen. maturity pace due to EU's attention on other immediate issues rather than Arm. Gen., a moral issue.

            Russia our best hope, is focused on Ukraine, attracting the Arm.'s enemy and economic issues. US recognition of Arm.Gen. seems very unlikely due to Turkey's alliance with Jewish strong lobby. 

  7. Un vote historique

    Ce vote est à la fois historique et soulève de nombreuses questions.

    Pourquoi si tard ? Dans quel objectif ?

    Il a fallu 101 ans pour qu'enfin l'Allemagne, complice de ce génocide, ose le déclarer comme tel, malgré les pressions de le Turquie.

    C'est probablement parce que cette dernière et son président-dictateur est allée trop loin dans un odieux marchandage avec les migrants, dont elle s'est servie pour obtenir des milliards.

    De plus, l'exigence de la suppression des visas a provoqué la colère de nombreux euro-députés.

    C'est pourquoi, à mon avis, le Bundestag a voulu mettre un  frein à cette dérive néfaste pour l'Europe et mettre en évidence que le comportement d'Erdogan est perçu comme outrageux et révoltant.

    Cela reste du mérite de l'Allemagne d'avoir officialisé un événement historique qui ne peut avoir qu'une qualification : ce fut un GENOCIDE qui des les années 30, avait été déclaré comme tel par le mot: ցեղասպաննութիւն.

  8. Can you distinguish the protesters from ISIS?

    Protesters at Istanbul's German Consulate chanted:
     
    “Allahu Akbar !” – Allah is great.
     
    "Best Armenian is a dead Armenian!” 
     
    "Death to the Armenian Diaspora!
     
    "We are soldiers of Alparslan Türkeş!" (founder of MHP – National Movement Party)
     
    “Germany do not try our patience!
     
    While denying the Armenian genocide, they also demand a new one …
     
    **********
    Thank you M.
  9. Possible Future Events

    Possible events: The EU grants Turkish passport-holders visa free entry to Europe. Turkey grants Turkish passports to all Syrian refugees, including ISIS members. Turkish Airlines announces highly subsidized tickets to Europe. Actor Ben Affleck advertises on Turkish TV.

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