Biden described the century-long massacre of Armenians as a “genocide.” Turkey is not reacting well.


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“We have nothing to learn from anyone in our past,” tweeted Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. “Political opportunism is the greatest betrayal of peace and justice.” The Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned the US ambassador in Ankara to protest Biden’s statement. Most of the country’s major political parties, including opponents of the right-wing nationalist government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, have denounced the US decision. The theater. Biden framed it as an affirmation of the trauma that generations of Armenian immigrants have had to the United States. “We remember the lives of all those who died in the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman era and we reiterate our commitment to prevent such atrocities from happening again,” he said in his Saturday statement, which was carefully prepared to avoid blaming the modern Turks. Republic. He referred to the “extermination campaign” launched by the Ottoman authorities, in which “one and a half million Armenians were deported, slaughtered, or on the march of their death.” “The Armenian Genocide is very close to the moment Turkey is envisioned and it is very closely linked,” said Howard Eisenstat, Associate Professor of Middle Eastern History at St. Lawrence University. “Accepting this requires a radical rethinking of the creation narrative at the core of Turkish nationalism.” The story continues. Without the declaration, it is impossible to ignore the specific experience of the Armenians. ”In 1913, there were as many as 2 million [ethnic Armenians] In the Ottoman Empire. When World War I broke out, the Ottoman government ordered their mass deportations. After a few years, there was hardly a tenth of that in Turkey, and the rest were exiled or killed, ”British author and journalist Thomas de Waal wrote in his book,“ The Great Catastrophe: Armenians and Turks in the Shadow of Genocide. ” Raphael Lemkin, the Polish Jewish jurist who coined the term “genocide,” shaped his thinking about such a crime against humanity in part based on his understanding of what happened to the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire. For McCain, “genocide” included “a coordinated plan of various actions aimed at destroying the basic foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of eliminating the groups themselves.” Contemporary American accounts of “coordinated” massacres clarified the nature of the destruction of Armenian societies, which influential figures in the Ottoman leadership considered a potential deceptive fifth column within the empire when it clashed with Russia during World War I (Turkish officials, at the same time, want to see an international condemnation similar to Russia’s killing of Russia. Of Turkish, Kurdish and other Muslim origin at the time.) The story continues beneath the declaration. Reports from widely dispersed regions indicate systematic attempts to uproot the peaceful Armenian population through arbitrary arrests, terrible torture, expulsions and wholesale deportations from one side of the empire to another accompanied by cases. Frequent rape, looting and murder o massacre, to bring destruction and misery on them, ”wrote Henry Morgenthau, the American ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, in a telegram of 1915.“ These measures are not in response to popular or fanatical demands but are purely arbitrary and directed from Constantinople in the name of military necessity, often in Areas where military operations are not likely to take place. ” Jesse Jackson, the American consul in Aleppo (now in Syria), who documented in 1916 what he saw as Armenian Armenians forced on long marches from Anatolia died in great numbers on a plain outside of the city. “The information obtained allows me immediately to say that approximately 60,000 Armenians were buried there, due to hunger, deprivation of all kinds, intestinal diseases and typhus which were the result,” he wrote. “As far as Al Ain can reach hills containing 200 to 300 bodies buried in the ground … Women, children and the elderly belong to different families.” The story continues beneath the announcement, “In past years, the Ministry of Defense and the Foreign Office of European and Eurasian Affairs advised presidents not to describe the atrocities as genocide,” my colleagues reported. “But US officials, especially in the Pentagon, were angry with Erdogan over his purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense system, which they say is incompatible with NATO military equipment and is a threat to the security of the alliance.” We believe that Erdogan has less influence than he has in the past. Soner Cagaptay, senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, wrote: “The general feeling within the US government is that Erdogan responds better to Putin’s toughness rather than the warm embrace.” Meanwhile, Erdogan is outside options that would help accommodate the Biden administration. With the decline in his rejection rate at home, it is unlikely that Erdogan will agree to reduce his autocratic control of Turkish society, lest the vigilant opposition actually erupt and vote in his favor. ”Ultimately, the political price for Biden was not that high. The Middle East Democracy Project, told Today: “The deterioration of the US-Turkish alliance in recent years helped facilitate President Biden’s decision to recognize the genocide, removing a political obstacle to recognition.” The global vision. “The highly deliberate wording of Biden’s statement shows that the president was careful not to Arming this history against Turkey, despite the widespread disdain for Erdogan in Washington. ”


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