Shame of Humanity
Genocide - an act committed with intent to
destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious
group is universally viewed as the most evil crime against humanity.
Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide
(CPPCG) punishing genocide came into force in 1951, but the term
'genocide' is applied to crimes earlier than this, including the World
genocide of Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks took place from
1913 until 1925, resulting in the deaths of more than two million
people. Estimates of the tragedy place the death tolls at:
The Great Fire of Smyrna (1922):
extermination of Greeks and Armenians, long after WWI ended.
Christian Genocide took place at a time of incessant wars during the
last years of the Ottoman Empire, and the emergence of Turkey after
World War I.
Christian missionaries (notably, German
Johannes Lepsius and Americans
Clarence Ussher and
Asa Jennings), German military officers such as
Otto Liman von Sanders and ambassadors
Henry Morgenthau and Germans Hans von Wangenheim and
Paul Wolff Metternich witnessed and reported the genocide
of Christians as a campaign of race extermination, but Germany and the world did
nothing to stop it.
German Parliament's 2005 Resolution states:
The German parliament deplores the acts of the Government of the Ottoman
Empire regarding the almost complete destruction of Armenians in
Anatolia and also the inglorious role of the German Reich in the face of
the organized expulsion and extermination of Armenians which it did not
try to stop. Women, children and elderly
were from February 1915 sent on death marches towards the Syrian desert
Seven Genocide Questions Turks in Denial Have
denied the Christian
genocide for over a century, insisting
that the deaths
of so many civilians were simply the result of people
being sent to safer locations, or insufficient planning to accommodate
so many people, or as a reaction to Armenian
and Greek 'uprisings'.
However that position is not consistent with the fact that:
the genocide was preceded by decades of Christian massacres, including the
Hamidian Massacres (1894-6) that persecuted and killed hundreds of
Ottoman Committee of 'Young Turk' leaders had pursued a policy
of racial discrimination from 1913 to turn the multi-cultural Empire
into a nation only for Muslims, through a process called
Islamisation and 'Turkification';
Western Armenians were asked to incite Eastern Armenians to rise
against the Russian Empire at the
1914 Armenian Congress in Erzurum, but understandably refused,
while pledging loyalty to the Ottoman Empire;
more than 200
Armenian intellectuals and leaders were murdered on 24 April
1915 in Constantinople (now Istanbul), a day before the Allied
landings at Gallipoli;
the mass 'deportations' involved Christian civilians like
Aurora Mardiganian, not Muslim and Kurdish people;
Christians were not simply deported, but
Turks and Kurds in their villages, in transit, and if they survived,
(death) camps, such as at
most civilians were 'deported' from areas not subject to conflict;
Christian (civilians and men in the Ottoman Army) were disarmed,
while Muslims and Kurds were given weapons, and
Turkish gangs of criminals (chetti) were allowed to
attack Christian villages;
there was surprisingly little resistance from Christians to
deportations with millions of people being affected (Sahag,
Catholicos of Cilicia, even instructed Armenians not to resist),
except for isolated pockets in places like
Musa Dagh in Eastern Anatolia, once news of massacres became
'abandoned' property law was enacted allowing Turks to profit
from Armenians forced at gunpoint to leave, knowing that the
'deportees' would never return (Turkish
Professor Ugur Ungor discusses the Armenian genocide and the
illegal expropriation of Armenian property); and
in May 1918 the Ottoman Army invaded Eastern Armenia (present day
Republic of Armenia) to complete the destruction of Armenians, but
were defeated in the Battles of
Bash Abaran and
Armenian Genocide Recognition by Europe
Armenian Genocide Recognition by Turkey's
Courageous Turkish Intellectuals Who Have Recognised the Armenian
Trail of Treachery
The Armenian Genocide Blood Money Trail
The Threat of Radical Islam
The Turkish Extermination of Indigenous Christians
Western Europe's Genocide Morality
When Genocide is not Genocide
leader of modern Turkey Mustafa Kemal (Ataturk) made the statement that:
"The massacre and deportation of Armenians was the work of a small
committee who had seized the power (September 1919)."
1919, most of the ‘Young Turks’ Ittihat ve Terakki (Committee of Union
and Progress) leaders were court-martialled by Sultan Mehmed VI. During
these trials, many former Ottoman leaders, including the ‘Three Pashas’
(Minister of the Interior Mehmed Talaat Pasha, Minister of War Ismail
Enver Pasha, and Minister of the Navy Ahmed Djemal Pasha, who all fled
to Germany from Turkey after World War I) were sentenced in court or in absentia to
death or imprisonment for their roles in the Christian Genocide.
However, the verdicts did not contain a single reference to the 77
Ottoman leaders who had been banished to Malta by the English, with many
of them returning from exile later to hold high government positions in
the Republic of Turkey.
deportation of an indigenous people from their ancestral lands is not
unique, as there are many sad examples in history such as the Russian
Empire deporting Muslim
Circassians from the Caucasus, and
Native Americans in the United States. However the scale of
destruction in terms of lives lost and property stolen and denial for
over a century by those that perpetrated these egregious acts makes the
Christian Genocide stand out.
Azerbaijan's Genocides and Pogroms
On ANZAC Day We Stand and Think
On ANZAC Day We Stand and Think is a poem dedicated to the millions of innocent civilians who lost their lives during the Christian Genocide. Let their souls rest in peace after a century of denials...
On wind-swept hills the Turks await,
Among sweet thyme and bush ablaze,
From distant lands men know their fate,
From ships they stare to hell amaze.
They stood for right against our foes,
To fight the Turks Great Britain called,
An Empire dying, its final throes,
Killing its people, the world appalled.
Christian soldiers forced to fight,
For the Ottoman, threat to rear,
For the Pasha, using might,
Against Armenians, full of fear.
On ANZAC Day we stand and think,
Why fight here now, this blood stained cove?
Excitement gone, in a blink,
Into horror, brave men drove.
Now we read a mournful story,
Of tragedy and tales so bold,
But do we remember history,
Or only partial truth we’re told?
ANZAC soldiers, muddy trench,
Cry for our fallen; heaven sent,
The smell of dead and dying stench,
Weep also for the innocent.
You can hide it, fog of war,
Preaching murder it was not,
But it’s a truth we can’t ignore,
Christian suffering never forgot.
On ANZAC Day we stand and think,
Of sacrifice at Gallipoli,
But we fought for right, thus the link,
Blind to genocide we cannot be.
Len Wicks, December 2014
The forget-me-not flower has been chosen as the symbol of the Armenian genocide centenary remembrance. The symbol depicts the 12 stone slabs of the Tsitsernakaberd Genocide Memorial in Yerevan, and the five petals represent the five parts of the world where Armenians found shelter after the Genocide, creating the vast Armenian Diaspora.
The Poppy and the Forget-Me-Not
The Melbourne Age cartoonist John Spooner depicts the hypocrisy of Russell Crowe's movie The Water Diviner, labelling him a denier of a crime against humanity.
The Three Monkeys of Gallipoli – the leaders of New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom are deaf, dumb and blind, while WWI allies Canada, France and Russia (and even the Ottoman's allies Austria and Germany) have the courage to recognise the worst of crimes – genocide.
Turkey effectively blames invading nations like New Zealand, Australia and the UK for the deaths, saying it had to 'deport' its Christian citizens in case they supported the Allies ('deport' means to kill more than 1.5 million Armenian children, women, aged and unarmed male citizens by burning, crucifixion, bayonets and other gruesome means, steal their property and crush more than 2,000 churches).
The truth is that Turks have been massacring indigenous Christians since they invaded Asia Minor in 1064 because of their Christian faith, while New Zealand, Australia and the UK shamefully appease Turkey, instead of defending human rights.
Lest we Forget (the genocide of Christians - Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks).
Note to veterans: the NZ, Australian and British cartoon figures are representing political leaders, not courageous Gallipoli soldiers, many of whom recognised this crime against humanity.
Note to publishers: the cartoon may be freely reproduced but must have the following credit: Len Wicks/Tigran Hakobyan. A larger image is available at http://originsdiscovery.com/Cartoon.JPG.
Facts Some Politicians
Don’t Want You to Know About the Christian Genocide
1. The Turks were originally not from Turkey –
invading from Central Asia in the 11th century, to rule over lands
where Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians had lived for thousands of years.
2. 'Ethnic cleansing' or 'Turkification'
over centuries resulted in the disappearance of indigenous Christians
from their homelands.
Image credit: @onlmaps
3. The author of the United
Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of
recognised the Armenian
Index and Integrity of Leaders).
Article 301 of the Penal Code allows the Turkish government to
severely punish anyone like
Hrant Dink (assassinated),
Ragip Zarakolu and
Serkan Engin openly discussing the Christian Genocide, so the
Turkish people know almost nothing of the Christian genocide (Turkey
ranks 154 out of 180 in the press freedom
index compiled by Reporters without Borders).
5. For every ANZAC soldier that fell, more than 70 innocent
Christian civilians were murdered elsewhere in the Ottoman Empire, and
their lands and possessions stolen.
Joint Declaration of Crime Against Humanity by France, Great Britain and Russia, 1915
Armenian Genocide Recognition by the USA, International Court of Justice, 1951
A Tale of Two Genocides: USA’s Hypocrisy
New Zealand's hypocritical statement to the UN Security Council, 8 July 2015
The Morality of New Zealand Leaders
Letter to Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop
Letter to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbill
President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan's message to Turkish President Recep Erdoğan
European Court of Human Rights Hearing on the Armenian Genocide
What is the difference between the Ottoman Empire and ISIS?
(warning: adult images)
An Inconvenient Genocide, Geoffrey Robertson Q. C. - this book
exposes the precise legal and factual basis why politicians must
recognise the Armenian Genocide for what it is.
Armenia, Australia & the Great War, Vicken Babkenian and Peter Stanley - linking the ANZACs with the genocide of Christians.
A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish
Responsibility, Taner Akšam - this Armenian Genocide book is an
insightful Turkish-German academic work.
Video of Taner Akšam speaking about the genocide of Christians.
The Gallipoli Centenary is a Shameful Attempt to Hide the Armenian
Genocide, Robert Fisk - this article by The Independent
discusses the centenary events in April 2015.
The Armenian Genocide, Professor Verjine Svazilian - Genocide survivor testimonials.
We must not forget Armenia's suffering, Xander Lucie-Smith - Catholic Herald.
The River Ran Red documentary.
The Hundred-Year Walk: An Armenian Odyssey, a novel by Dawn Anahid MacKeen.
The Thirty-Year Genoicde: Turkey's Destruction of its Christian Minorities, 1894 -1924, a reappraisal of the giant massacres perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire, and then the Turkish Republic, against their Christian minorities, Benny Morris and Dror Ze'evi.
Why is the Genocide of Christians Relevant Today? a short essay by the author of Origins: Discovery, Len Wicks
World Genocide Awareness
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum provides an excellent early warning project tool to identify possible genocide.
Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, Yerevan (Armenian genocide)
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum - a place of torture and death