On Feb 20th 2003, an inferno at "The Station" night club in West Warwick, Rhode Island cost 100 people their lives. The club's location is only a few miles from our home. The night of the fire, we were awakened by an acrid smell in the house. I went into the basement thinking that maybe our boiler was malfunctioning. As it turned out, smoke and fumes from the fire blanketed the entire town, and the smell penetrated the walls every house in the neighborhood. We went back to bed, not knowing what was going on. The following morning we discovered what had really happened. Here's the latest in the criminal prosecution of those judged responsible, including the Armenian owners of the club, Jeffrey and Michael Derdarian.
Now I hate to bring it up, but the video footage I've seen of the people jammed in the club's entrance- the lower half of their bodies being burned alive- evokes for me images of the Jewish Holocaust. The genocide which took place in Germany included horrific methods and means of elimination, including gas chambers and incinerators, designed for the sole purpose of extingushing life and then disposing of the remains. What's my point? It's this: Show me evidence of any such device (gas chamber, incinerator or even death/labor camp) ever existing in Turkey or used against Armenians. There weren't any. Prove me wrong.
You can label me a denier of Armenian genocide all you like, if it pleases you. There is too great a disparity between the events of the WW2 Jews and WW1 Armenians, for them to share a descriptive word, especially when one considers that Armenians had blood on their hands and Jews did not!
I understand that huge numbers of innocent Armenians- men, women, children, babies, elderly- were senselessly and mercilessly slaughtered. I highly doubt that any Turk will deny this, and I'm sure that every Turk feels some regret and sorrow about the innocents. But what never reaches people and what Armenians would rather no one know about, is the context of these events, the provocations and treason and sedition which led to them, the complicity of the Armenians who had a hand in the destruction of the Ottoman Empire.
This is the heart of what Turks wish to debate, and it comes as no surprise that Armenians reject and dismiss any such challenges. For this reason, I believe that Armenians are equally guilty of the revisionism which Turkey is accused of. Turkey will never give in, not when Turks are continually and myopically portrayed as the un-provoked predator while Armenians pass themselves off as the faultless victims.