Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?
– Adolf Hitler
Tomorrow, 24th April, marks the 92nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. A genocide that the Turkish government continues to deny. It was in response the Armenian genocide that familiar phrases such as “crimes against humanity” and “holocaust” were first coined.
Tom Frame, writes in the most recent issue of Quardant that Turkey, and nations generally, do not need to apologise for past wrongs. But it seems that Frame confuses acknowledgment/recognition for apology. While Turkey may not have to apologise or compensate victims, it cannot be allowed to continue to actively deny the past. Would Europe tolerate a Germany that denied the Jewish Holocaust?
It has been proposed that Turkey will enter the European Union in 2015, if this is to go ahead, sadly it will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide in which more than 1.5 million Armenian Christians were butchered. But if Turkey has its way, which it has so far, the Armenian genocide will remain unacknowledged and denied. And those who choose to acknowledge it in Turkey will do so at their own peril.