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Book Review: The Armenian Massacres in Ottoman Turkey

The author, a professor emeritus of political science, explains in 245 pages the “events” of 1915- 1917 based on American, English,

Armenian and Turkish sources and writers.

The details of deportations and the absolute cruelty imposed at gunpoint are horrifying. What is missing in the works cited is German government’s archival documents. They contain the truth, and how this genocide was planned. All these documents are widely available at German archives, yet mysteriously it never occurred to the author to at least conduct some research.

After writing 245 pages, he concludes that there is no legal evidence of culpability on the part of Ottoman authorities on which modern Turkey was founded.

The facts are clear. On April 24 1915, 250 Armenian intellectuals in Istanbul were taken from their homes and sent into oblivion. Subsequently, over a million Armenians in what is now south-eastern Turkey were “relocated”. They perished on their way to Deir Zor desert in Syria. Thos who did arrive there were massacred in the most cruel way imaginable.

Before 1915, an estimated two million Armenians lived in the Ottoman Empire. At the end of 1917, only an estimated 400 000 were left. This alone shows the magnitude of the massacre.

Kurds hired by Ottoman authorities inflicted most of the cruelties upon innocent Armenians and Kurdish chieftains who robbed “deportees” of their wealth, confiscated their houses, and ultimately burned some abodes to destroy any evidence.

Many Kurds today accept responsibility, and have apologized for these atrocities.

One Kurd, who was recently elected as the mayor of Diyarbekir, a city in the region, openly admits of all “events” told by his own family, and instigated the repair of the Armenian Church in the city.

It is puzzling how a distinguished professor can write a book and at the end fails to conclude the obvious.

This is a book that is based on research from several sources, except one where the most important information can be found.

Buy this book, read it carefully, and you will conclude how learned scholars can err.

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