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By Michael M. Gunter

This ebook offers the Turkish place in regards to the Armenian claims of genocide in the course of global battle I and the ongoing debate over this issue. The writer illustrates that even supposing genocide is an invaluable inspiration to explain such evil occasions because the Jewish Holocaust in global battle II and Rwanda within the Nineties, the time period has additionally been overused, misused, and as a result trivialized via many alternative teams trying to demonize their antagonists and win sympathetic approbation for them. This ebook comprises the Armenians during this classification simply because, even though as many as 600,000 of them died in the course of international conflict I, it used to be neither a premeditated coverage perpetrated via the Ottoman Turkish executive nor an occasion unilaterally applied with out reason. after all, certainly not does this excuse the terrible excesses that have been dedicated. to demonstrate this element, this ebook makes use of the new paintings of the famous French pupil Jacques Semelin, and such long-suppressed Armenian personalities as Hovhannes Katchaznouni (the first best minister of Armenia after WWI) and K.S. Papazian (an historian), between others. This publication additionally illustrates how this day Armenians have sought to politicize and legislate their model of historical past in parliamentary and different governmental our bodies around the globe, damning their competitors as genocide deniers and perpetrators of hate speech. The case of the popular student Bernard Lewis is a first-rate instance of this Armenian misuse and distortion in their politicized model of heritage. This ebook additionally analyzes the hypermobilized Armenian lobbying strategies that experience completed huge luck in politicizing their model of background. between many different concerns, this booklet additionally analyzes the new “soccer international relations” among Turkey and Armenia, which has resulted in their signing treaties that might determine diplomatic kin among them and an historic fee to research their assorted types of heritage

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Philosophically, therefore, one might argue that to apply a finding of genocide in an ex-post-facto manner to what happened to the Armenians would violate a peremptory norm of general international law, otherwise known as ius cogens. ”56 It must be admitted, however, that international law fails to agree on any specific examples of ius cogens. Therefore, its application to the Armenian case is only theoretical. International law, however, specifically does prohibit ex-post-facto laws in Article 11 (2) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed.

Without claiming a monopoly of definitive wisdom, based on the above, I see the truth to lie somewhere between the diametrically opposed positions of the two antagonists. First of all, there is no doubt the Armenians suffered a great disaster. No matter what the Turkish apologists argue, the fact remains that an entire nation of people virtually ceased to exist in their ancient homeland after World War I. Although the numbers of Armenians who died at this time are greatly exaggerated by the Armenians and their supporters—and in addition many of the Armenians who were killed during this era died because the Armenians waged war against practically every nation they were physically able to come in contact with including not only the Turks and Kurds, but also the Russians, Georgians, and Azerbaijanis—there is still no doubt that hundreds of thousands of Armenians perished during 1915.

Indd 36 3/28/2011 4:38:59 PM What Is Genocide? ”47 More recently, Edward J. ”48 This said, however, Erickson added: “However, a case can be made that the Ottomans judged the Armenians to be a great threat to the 3rd and 4th [Ottoman] Armies and that genuine intelligence and security concerns drove that decision. ”50 However, a careful review by Erman Sahin painstakingly checked and compared the original sources Akcam utilized and found discrepancies between the texts preserved in the original sources and those presented by Akcam in his book.

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