Armenian Genocide Memorial Day 2008

Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?
- Adolf Hitler… while persuading his generals that a Jewish holocaust would be tolerated by the West

…the Armenian massacre was the greatest crime of the war, and the failure to act against Turkey is to condone it … the failure to deal radically with the Turkish horror means that all talk of guaranteeing the future peace of the world is mischievous nonsense.
- Theodore Roosevelt… in a May 11, 1918, letter to Cleveland Hoadley Dodge

I am confident that the whole history of the human race contains no such horrible episode as this. The great massacres and persecutions of the past seem almost insignificant when compared to the sufferings of the Armenian race in 1915.
- Henry Morgenthau, Sr. US Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire

On this day, we pause in remembrance of one of the most horrible tragedies of the 20th century, the annihilation of as many as 1.5 million Armenians through forced exile and murder at the end of the Ottoman Empire. This terrible event remains a source of pain for people in Armenia and Turkey and for all those who believe in freedom, tolerance, and the dignity of every human life. I join with my fellow Americans and the Armenian community in the United States and around the world in mourning this loss of life.
- George W. Bush, April 24, 2004

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  1. John3Sobieski
    Posted April 24, 2008 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    Irony, Irony, Irony. Oh, boo hoo, boo hoo. One race hates another. We condemn it, but we turn blind eyes towards the trials and tribulations of other people. Tell me about Stalin’s purges, tell me about the communists whiping out everyone with an education in newly conquered lands. Tell me about the Protestants abuses of Catholics in Ireland (thank goodness that one and the Purges are over). Tell me about the NVA taking out the Montagnards (tribal peoples of Vietnam). it burns my buscuits that we hear of some racial abuses (say, against black, jews, gays, and a few others) but we never hear about others. The biggest irony of all, we condemn slave labor and import nearly everything we use from China. Don’t get me wrong, people who care to educate themselves probably know about a lot of these, but I’m just trying to say that many aren’t discussed enough, some aren’t even acknowledeged to have happened

  2. Sona
    Posted April 24, 2008 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    John, I get your point and that while we may be talking about one thing here there is a million more issues out there, but how have you helped educate others on this forum by posting your comment? If you woud like the world to know about issues other than the one thats on this site, why dont you go crerate a website of your own and post it there.LONG LIVE ARMENIA!!!!!!

  3. Pauline
    Posted April 24, 2008 at 9:01 pm | Permalink


    Please do not use this forum for your own uneducated and hateful thoughts. We need to recognize all crimes against humanity and educate those who are oblivious to such. Armenians are proud of who they are, where they come from and what they stand for and we will never stop educating those on the Armenian Genocide and ensuring that it is recognized. Until this occurs, we will continue to persevere!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Posted April 24, 2008 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    Umm… let me take a stab here… but I think what John was trying to say was that our society seems to readily recognize the plights of certain peoples (he mentions “black, jews, gays, and a few others”) but does not do justice to others – like the Armenians.

    Although, I can see the confusion with the way his comment started with the boo hoo ‘s.

    On a side note – my grandfather was the only one of eleven siblings to make it out of Armenia alive during WW1.

  5. John3Sobieski
    Posted April 25, 2008 at 6:27 am | Permalink

    Okay, the boo hoo’s were out of line. I was just trying to say that I’m tired of hearing of some but never of others, the others making up the vast majority. And not just one or another genocide, but the oppression of peoples through out the world. I think its a good thing that WarAxe made a post about the Armenian genocide. That is one of those most rarely hear about. I only heard about it in ninth grade Global Issues class. Another thing that I was trying to do was stir up conversation, it seems to have worked.

    “Hateful and uneducated comments?!?!” I’ll have you know I pride myself on my knowledge of history. I got a 4 out of 5 on my AP (advanced placement) History test in 10th grade. And after the test, I walked out and said, “wow, that was physically painful.” Maybe only two others in the class matched that score, and only one beat it. Don’t say I’m uneducated when it comes to historical events.

  6. Posted April 28, 2008 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    @ Ashleigh

    I think that there is a line between honest self-critique and politically charged rhetoric. For instance, saying “Americans are so deeply entrenched in an economic system that exploits the poor” is wholly leftist and is not only political, but (in my opinion) is painfully erroneous. Although it may further Obama’s kingdom… it doesn’t further God’s kingdom, which is why we’re here.

    With regard to Compassion’s generous sponsors: Have you ever been to a church on a Sunday night where the preacher was scolding his church for its shabby Sunday night attendance? The trouble is… he’s yelling at the wrong people! :-) Don’t be too quick to convict the $32/month sponsor when you don’t know what else they’re doing (besides their support of Compassion) to further His kingdom.

    You’ve got energy and spirit and I don’t want to mute that… only to help you channel it to maximize your positive effect on your circle of influence. :-)

  7. Posted April 28, 2008 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    Crap… I didn’t mean to just post that. It’s for a different post on a different blog. :-) Maybe I’ll leave it… it’ll keep folks guessing.

  8. Nick
    Posted June 10, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    The Ottoman’s were indeed ruthless. Christian Serbs lived as virtual bond servants – abused, humiliated and exploited for five centuries.

  9. rene
    Posted June 14, 2011 at 7:03 am | Permalink

    The Ottoman’s were indeed ruthless. Christian Serbs lived as virtual bond servants – abused, humiliated and exploited for five centuries.

    - That Ottoman empire was indeed a very brutal and bloody regime but you have to consider that they were very successful in growing as a nation but they peaked too soon during the 1700s which ultimately lead to their demise.

    Had they survived today, a lot of things would be different in our world now.

  10. Irene
    Posted August 3, 2011 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    My first comment on this blog, so i’ll leave a test comment to see if it works.


  11. Tandvård
    Posted August 7, 2011 at 5:35 am | Permalink

    Hatred produced more Hatred. Chill guys revenge is not a good thing.

  12. Michael
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    All genocide, no matter who it is perpetrated upon, is WRONG. It pains me to learn about how common this is, whether its Armenians, Jewish peoples, or any others. It’s a sad reflection of our so-called “modern civilization.”

  13. Posted March 31, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

    Why is revenge not a good thing?, soothes the soul and eases the mind!

  14. Posted May 14, 2012 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    @ John3sobieski, you have really made a good point there and I agree with you.

  15. Posted August 20, 2015 at 7:31 am | Permalink

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  16. Pulau Tidung
    Posted August 28, 2015 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    гэта паведамленне ў блогу вельмі натхняе
    Я буду чакаць наступнай артыкуле
    Pulau Tidung

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