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Regarding the Armenian and Greek Genocides in Turkey

[Posted 27 May 2003]


Today we published an article entitled, "Top Legal Advisory Group Pushes for Muslim Religious Law." [1]

In it, I referred to Kemal Ataturk's "great and passionate" devotion to the creation of a modern, secular Turkish state. My purpose was to point out to Muslims that there are secular ways to achieve a modern state, which need not deny culture while separating politics from religion.

I did not wish thereby to gloss over the horrific genocide committed in Turkey during and after World War I, including during the leadership of Kemal Ataturk, against citizens whose "fault" was being Christian Greeks and Armenians living where they had lived for millennia, in Asia Minor. This genocide nearly destroyed the Armenian people. The Turkish State has continued to deny this genocide, thus inflicting great pain on the remaining survivors and the descendents of the victims, and maintaining a terrible blot on the honor of Turkey. It is as if Germany were to deny the Holocaust. This despite the ironic fact that Ataturk condemned the murder of Christians in 1926, when he told the LA Examiner on August 1, 1926:

"These left-overs from the former Young Turk Party, who should have been made to account for the millions of our Christian subjects who were ruthlessly driven en masse, from their homes and massacred, have been restive under the Republican rule."

Rather than write about this subject ourselves, we would like to open our pages to people who still suffer the pain of these events, the destruction of the Armenian and Greek communities, whose home was Asia Minor. By posting documented material on this subject, we may help inform many people unfamiliar with the events.

-- Jared Israel
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