April 24, 2019

Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

Our old friend Mark Musser reminds us of the Armenian genocide:

Today, April 24th, is Armenian Genocide Memorial Day, a national holiday in which a considerable number of people will visit a monument built in Yerevan dedicated to the memory of this great tragedy that took place during the heights of World War I under the cruelties of the Ottoman Empire who was allied with Germany at that time. The axis of World War I was Germany, Austria, Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire. Their defeat on the great battlefields of Europe led to the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire that left the Middle East in the hands of the Allies.

Much debate was thus given over to the drawing up of new borders for the Middle East, that also included initial discussions about the future nation of Israel as well. The aftermath of the new drawing of the map by the Allies following World War I is still with us today, which in particular initially granted larger areas for both Armenia, and then later very similarly to Israel - only to be scaled back each time discussions were made. The destiny and fate of thus both Armenia and Israel are remarkably parallel following both world wars.

World War I gave the Ottoman Empire an opportunity to carry out a cleansing of the Armenians that began in earnest in 1915, but such plans are predicated upon serious planning stages long before.

After the genocide of the Armenians in World War I, in which a conservative estimate of 1.5 million Armenians were killed, and then after the holocaust in World War II in which 6 million Jews were killed, both Armenia and Israel are now independent nations on the world stage - yet under great threat on all sides with few friends. The diaspora of these two countries is also very remarkably parallel thanks to the great catastrophes they endured. Two small countries with strong biblical roots in the Middle East, one with a Christian heritage, and the other with a Jewish heritage, both of whom were targeted during the great world wars of the 20th century, are a reflection of the growing anti Judeo-Christian tide that largely began in Europe, but has since spread to America now as well. Neither is it a coincidence that the first time we see Europe side with Muslims over Christians was during the Armenian Genocide of World War I.

This great blind spot continues unabated even today as few considerations are ever given to the murder of Christians, particularly if the perpetrators are of the Islamic variety. Many countries today still do not officially acknowledge the genocide of the Armenians during World War I that even spilled out into the early 1920's.

The medical connection to the Armenian genocide is also very real as the doctor's used the same arguments that were commonly used later to justify cruelties against the Jews during World War II.

Armenians also served in the Ottoman Empire's army, only to be enslaved when World War I broke out.

One large difference between the Jewish Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide was that Armenians were able to arm themselves and resist - which they valiantly did. Yet, such resistance gave ever more justification to treat the Armenians with even greater cruelty under the guise of war.

President Wilson had a plan for Armenia to have a country of its own from "sea to sea." This, of course, did not materialize as Armenia today is a very small land locked nation surrounded mostly by their enemies.

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