April 12, 2015

Unhealed wound of WWI: Armenia, Kurdistan and Palestine

The eternal flame at the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute.

100 years after the Armenian genocide, history is repeating itself around the same area. American-Turkish-British-French-Israeli-NATO-Saudi backed ISIS terrorist gangs in Syria and Iraq are committing new genocides under the pretext of liberating those countries from Shiite rule. They don't want to hear that Assad leads a secular government in Damascus, and that the central government in Iraq is not sectarian, because facts are inconvenient things.

While they shout "down with the dictator Bashar" to attract the world's empty applause by day, by night they're busy massacring Christians, Shiites, and Yazidis. They even target them on their special holidays and religious events, showing no mercy whatsoever.

It makes sense why regional countries like Turkey and Saudi Arabia support ISIS massacres, because they're anti-Christian, anti-Kurd, and anti-Shiite, and their moral sense is lacking, but it makes zero sense why Israel and America would throw their media, military, and diplomatic weight behind such criminal and genocidal acts. Do America and Israel really want to be on the side of genocide just to score a few geopolitical victories?

An excerpt from, "Acknowledging the Armenian Genocide" by James Zogby, The Huffington Post, April 11, 2015:
In less than two weeks we will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Armenian Remembrance Day, April 24th, recalls the horrifying events that resulted in the deaths of more than one million Armenians and the forced expulsion and ethnic cleansing of many more from their ancestral homeland at the hands of Turkish nationalists. It is an event that has defined Armenian history. And it has left an open wound that must be acknowledged and addressed for there to be closure for both peoples.

For Armenians, the beginning of the healing process requires that the events of 100 years ago be called, what they were, a genocide.

Six years ago, Armenian Americans were deeply disappointed by the Remembrance Day statement issued by the White House because the President did not term the horrors of 1915 as a genocide. They had great hopes that President Obama would do so since, during the 2008 Presidential campaign, he had been forceful not only in declaring that the events of 1915 were, in fact, genocide, but in criticizing those who would not use that word.
Title: Unhealed wound of WWI: Armenia, Kurdistan and Palestine. Source: American University of Beirut. Date Published: March 26, 2015. Description: 
Arts and Humanities Initiative lecture 'Unhealed wound of WWI: Armenia, Kurdistan and Palestine,' by Dr. Rachid Khalidi, on March 9, 2015.