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24 April 2006

Political Bullshit Sell-out... I Mean PBS: "Armenian Genocide" Airs in RI

We petitioned, we faxed, we e-mailed and we telephoned PBS, albeit fruitlessly, but (judging from the closing credits) the Armenian community is wealthy beyond belief. Hey money talks and bullshit walks, as the saying goes... The number of financial contributors who made this program possible, is staggering. But the truth cannot be purchased, it's not for sale, unless you're PBS... The "panel discussion" which Turks feverishly petitioned PBS to air immediately following "Armenian Genocide", was not broadcast in Rhode Island. I can't speak for other cities, and would appreciate feedback from other Amerikan Turks.

Personally, speaking only for myself and for no other Turks, I don't give a squirt of piss about Armenians... UNTIL someone.. ANYONE outside of Turkey.. sheds a single tear or lights a single candle for the many millions of Turks who lost their lives during World War One. Apparently, when an Empire is destroyed and when those who still draw breath in it's aftermath, FIGHT for their survival, for their existence, for their future, it's called genocide by those who were complicit in the initial destruction. How trite.

Ironically, when the world's biggest super-power invades and destroys a relatively defenseless country which was never proven to be a threat, it's called liberation. Where were said liberators during World War One? Too pre-occupied with land-grabbing in Anatolia, I suppose, to notice or even care about how many inhabitants of Asia Minor were dying, be they Turk or Armenian.

Who in the world mourns or commemorates the deaths of the millions of Turks who fell during WWI? during the Wars of Independence? I'll tell you: Only Turks, and they're not in the habit of projecting their loss upon others or demanding apologies or propagating myths or sticking any of it up anyones ass or down anyones throat.

April 24th... May it pass quickly.

Here's an "Action Alert" for my Turkish readers. Vote "YES" and please copy this to as many like-minded people as possible:


Gulay said...

Blame who you want but primarily blame our Govt as they never seem to want to open the records and allow what really happened to be brought to light. I do agree with you though but hope that eventually the Armenian influence in the US will reduce like the IRA did for the Brits. In truth does anyone really know what happened and as you imply there were just as many atrocities against Ottomans or Turks. The probelm as I see it is the Catholic Church and their selctive memory and the control they have in the US and the world! Spanish Inquisition and the expulsion of the Jews was not genocide but the Civil War with the Armenans was according to them! Mind you the Turkish Govt do not help themselves by converting Armenian churches to mosques etc. I know that Mustafa Kemal wanted National Unity but should that include elimination of minority culture, I believe that's not what he wanted and to me the problem is intolerance and too much focus on religion and ethnicity since 1938!! There were/are faults on both sides but once again the Turkish Govt is losing the PR war. Armenians have a country but they seem to want more, like the Greek Cypriots, that is MONEY. Open the vaults, let the historians in and lets get the real story of what happened. By the way for a good account read Andrew Mango's biography of Ataturk which deals with these issues.

metin said...

The openness in which these and similar issues can be intelligently discussed is what's missing in Turkish politics. There are many taboo subjects yet in this day and age. Until freedom and democracy is truly exercised in Turkey, Armenians and others will have an excuse for whatever they wish to highlight. We need to eliminate these objections so the issues can be dealt with objectively.

Oguz said...

I enjoyed reading this. However, I would like to quote law #36 from the '48 laws of power': "By acknowledging a petty problem you give it existence and credibility. The more attention you pay an enemy, the stronger you make him."

I realize that this a problem with no simple solution, but the moment we Turks mention past atrocities of other countries as a response to the Armenians, we are in effect giving them credibility, and unfortunately helping their cause.

Having said that, I did vote on the poll, and will tell my friends about it too. :)

Celal Birader said...

Dear Murat,

I remember when i was in Athens on business in the 1990's during a time when there were tensions in the Aegean. There was a certain cartoon in the local English newspaper i happened to come across.

In this cartoon, there were 3 characters standing amidst some islands obviously meant to be the Aegean. One of the characters was wearing a fez (guess who he represented?) another one was wearing the Greek national uniform (you know, the "tutu") and the third was Uncle Sam.

Uncle Sam had a club in his hand and there were bumps coming off the head of the guy wearing the fez. I can't remember what the caption read but you get the picture.

My point is that unlike Turkey herself, it's ennemies always try to manipulate some greater power in their dealings with Turkey. It's either the US or the EU. Thankfully Turkish Greek relations seem to be much better now.

What is unfortunate is that perhaps some form of national recognition of the catastrophic dimensions surrounding the events of 1915 could have be acknowledged by the Turkish state had the Armenians not continued to play big power politics with this issue.

PJB said...

We have many points of agreement, but this is not one of them. How can Turkey try to play the victim next to tiny, crumbling Armenia? It's the same thing with Cyprus. I think there's some sort of inferiority complex here.

I believe the genocide happened. Sure, Turks were killed, too, but not a million of them, and not by the Armenians. It was almost a hundred years ago when Turkey was the Ottoman Empire. They need to live up to their past and live up to their history.

Turkey is poised to play a huge role on the world stage, if only they have the confidence to be as big as they are, with all the warts and skeleton-filled closets that every other major nation has.

No more censorship laws and no more stubborn denial.

Murat Altinbasak said...

I've received a lot of e-mails on top of these comments already...Man... One thing is certain: Everyone marches to a different drum beat on this issue. No two PsOV are exactly compatible. It's not black and white, by any measure... Certainty number two: I agree with all of those who support the open and unfettered dialogue, namely in Turkey. As Pete points out, laws against "insulting Turkishness" need to go.

PJB said...

Well said!

Anonymous said...

Gulay said:

The probelm as I see it is the Catholic Church and their selctive memory and the control they have in the US and the world!

This is a good example of the concept of non sequitur.

You really believe Ataturk didn't want the elimination of minority cultures within Turkey?

Anonymous said...

What would you do to Fatma Muge Gocek, Halil Berktay, Fikret Adanir, Taner Akcam, Elif Shafak and Orhan Pamuk for speaking if not on behalf of Armenians at least for democracy in Turkey? Are they bought by Armenians too? Or do they have Armenian blood in them? You guys can't even handle a fact that Ataturk's daughter may have been an orphaned Armenian, and want to make the rest of the world believe that Turks don't have hatred towards Armenians? Yeah right.

Celal Birader said...

Dear PJB,

I agree with you. But first the legacy of Big Power politics dating from WW1 have to finally die out before that happens. And, i think that will/can only happen when Turkey is admitted to the EU.

It will, sort of, raise Turkey's 'confidence' to carry the weight in the internaltional arena which is commensurate with its stature and future potential.

However, in a region like the Middle East, with the rise of Islamism etc it not clear whether this will lead to more peace and harmony instead of less.

It's too easy to get burned in the M.East. especially when oil really starts to run out.

Celal Birader said...

P.S. : the entire Middle East is currently operating within the framework and legacy of the Big Powers and of WW1 ( see Robert Fisk's recent book on the region. I think his analysis is spot on).

That legacy is progressively being dismantled if only due to the passage of time. But it could get very bloody until a new balance of power and framework is achieved to replace it.