Armenians Protesting Gephardt Group Government Relations Today


A reader reports:

“Attached is a photo I took of a protest by the Armenian National Committee of America that I saw today at 12th & K St., NW. They were protesting outside the offices of Gephardt Group Government Relations, led by former congressman Richard Gephardt, who the protesters said represents the government of Turkey that refuses to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide.”

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  • OK, fair enough, but maybe the Turkish Government’s irritation at all this stems from the near-total silence on the very large number of Turkish/Arab/Kurdish civilians who suffered similarly at the hands of Armenian militia, who were working with the Imperial Russian Army. Ankara does a terrible job of explaining this, which doesn’t help. It’s not that there are “two sides to every story”, because that implies equivalency/equivalence, but there is often *more* to the story.

    • @BadRelgion- Are you suggesting that the turkish government was justified in its actions through its genocidal campaign to eliminate the Armenians? Or do believe that there was not a genocide at all? I think that any *more* to your so-called “story” that falls short of calling it what it was- genocide is factually inaccurate. If for no other reason, except for the guy who actually coined the term ‘Genocide’ (Raphel Lemkin) actually used the case of Christian Armenians as the definitive example of Genocide. I applaud this group for standing up against genocide denialists and those that represent them.

      • It was the Ottoman government. The Republic of Turkey didn’t exist. No, their actions were not justified. I’m not claiming that they were. I also don’t deny the massacres of Armenians. There is, however, more to the story, and it almost never gets told.

        Also, the UN definition of the term “genocide” makes no sense. “An attempt to destroy, in whole or in part…” In part?!?

    • You need to provide some specifics, like the diplomats, missionaries, German military officers, and survivors did – your generalizing that “Armenians killed Turks” is off the mark – there are no reported instances of the calculated and organized terror and brutality inflicted on the Armenians being done to Turks – there was the defense of Van, and there was General Antranig (whose 150th birthday is actually this Friday). When Turkey comes clean then we will stop the “irritation” of the Turkish Government – by the way, do you have any idea how irritated we are to have lost 1.5 million men, women and children, billions in property (personal, real, farmland, business, treasuries of the churches which, by the way, is now in the Turkish Government’s hands…?), and removal from the land that we have called home since 2,500 years B.C. I guess it depends on how sensitive one is to “irritation”…

      • You just demonstrated a failure of reading comprehension. I’m trying to ask why Armenian civilians were/are more valuable than the Turkish/Arab/Kurdish civilians that suffered at the hands of Armenian militia and the army of Imperial Russia (who, if we’re going to play this game, was keeping my ancestors repressed in Occupied Poland). Also, let’s not forget the Greek forces that invaded in the 1920s. Before that, huge numbers of Turks were violently deported from the Balkans, but nobody calls that a genocide.

        Even the staid Foreign Affairs magazine admits that, while the deportations and massacres of Armenians is a completely true story, it’s not quite black-and-white. There’s an excellent paragraph towards the end in which de Waal wonders if the word “genocide” has exhausted itself. Indeed, nobody wants to be a victim, but the position confers certain advantages, and all a descendant has to do is be a member of the victimized group.

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