Turkey's Jihad Against The Greeks

* You know about the Armenian genocide. But you probably don’t know about the jihad against the Greek population in Turkey in September 1955. Here’s a little history lesson:


“Special Edition to commemorate the Pogrom of September 1955”


Radical Islam taking  over Europe & West 


March 10, 2009

Stop the presses! Turks ignore new proof of Armenian genocide!

One constant of Islamic polemic against the West is that Muslim spokesmen never, ever acknowledge any wrongdoing by Muslims. It is always the fault of the non-Muslim party, always someone else’s responsibility. This tendency manifests itself on a large scale in the ongoing Turkish denial of the Armenian genocide. Mention it, and either the Turks are irked, or — in this case — mum.

“A devastating document is met with silence in Turkey,” by Sabrina Tavernise in the IHT, March 9: JW

ISTANBUL: For Turkey, the number should have been a bombshell.According to a long-hidden document that belonged to the interior minister of the Ottoman Empire, 972,000 Ottoman Armenians disappeared from official population records from 1915 through 1916.

In Turkey, any discussion of what happened to the Ottoman Armenians can bring a storm of public outrage. But since its publication in a book in January, the number – and its Ottoman source – has gone virtually unmentioned. Newspapers hardly wrote about it. Television shows have not discussed it.

“Nothing,” said Murat Bardakci, the Turkish author and columnist who compiled the book.

The silence can mean only one thing, he said: “My numbers are too high for ordinary people. Maybe people aren’t ready to talk about it yet.”

For generations, most Turks knew nothing of the details of the Armenian genocide from 1915 to 1918, when more than a million Armenians were killed as the Ottoman Turk government purged the population.

Turkey locked the ugliest parts of its past out of sight, Soviet-style, keeping any mention of the events out of schoolbooks and official narratives in an aggressive campaign of forgetting.

But in the past 10 years, as civil society has flourished here, some parts of Turkish society are now openly questioning the state’s version of events. In December, a group of intellectuals circulated a petition that apologized for the denial of the massacres. Some 29,000 people have signed it.

With his book, “The Remaining Documents of Talat Pasha,” Bardakci (pronounced bard-AK-chuh) has become, rather unwillingly, part of this ferment. The book is a collection of documents and records that once belonged to Mehmed Talat, known as Talat Pasha, the primary architect of the Armenian deportations.

The documents, given to Bardakci by Talat’s widow, Hayriye, before she died in 1983, include lists of population figures. Before 1915, 1,256,000 Armenians lived in the Ottoman Empire, according to the documents. The number plunged to 284,157 two years later, Bardakci said.

To the untrained ear, it is simply a sad statistic. But anyone familiar with the issue knows the numbers are in fierce dispute.

Turkey has never acknowledged a specific number of deportees or deaths. On Sunday, the Turkish foreign minister, Ali Babacan, warned that President Barack Obama might set back relations if he recognized the massacre of Armenians as genocide ahead of his visit to Turkey next month….

4 thoughts on “Turkey's Jihad Against The Greeks”

  1. The Turkish government has made a habit of committing barbaric human rights violations and then dismissing them as foreign propaganda. They have used the same strategy with the Kurdish independence movement and the Armenian Genocide. Nice article.

  2. Ya, thats the thing about muslim country’s. They know that they are doing a bad thing, so even as they are doing it they are thinking up lies to say. What a diseased ideology.

  3. The article fails to say that the riot was fuelled by inter-communal violence in Cyprus and grossly exaggerated press report of an explosion (subsequently demonstrated to have been an inside job) at the reputed birthplace of Atatürk in Thessaloniki, which formed part of the Turkish Consulate General, was the signal for the unleashing of a violent orgy of destruction.

    That the events were officially inspired is clear, but Menderes can scarcely have envisaged the sheer scale and wantonness of the destruction. Moreover, to orchestrate such behaviour at a time when the city was hosting a meeting of the International Monetary Fund, and, of all things, an Interpol conference, attended, among others, by Allen Dulles, the director of the CIA, and by the head of the British CID, shows a curious sense of timing.

    The attitude of Dulles’s brother, John Foster Dulles, the US Secretary of State, who must have been aware of the extent ofthe devastation, was distinctly unhelpful, at least from the Greek point of view. He urged continued cooperation between Greece and Turkey in the light of what he termed these “unhappy events”.

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