Documentary Screening & Lecture: The Story of 1915 in Armenian Documents by Serkan Koç and A Review of 2015 EHRC Grand Chamber Decision by Dr. Mehmet Perinçek at Türk Ocağı, Lyndhurst, NJ; Sunday, April 3 2016
There were more than 50 attendees at Türkocağı. Its president Mehmet Yar welcomed the attendees and former president Gülen Hanım conducted the meeting. Several speakers including our own president Mehmet Toy and New York Deputy Consul General Reyhan Özgür spoke briefly underlining the importance of having a united front against the Armenian allegations. Serkan Koç unfortunately couldn’t make it to this meeting. In his absence Mehmet Perinçek took to the podium and gave a remarkable and eye-opening talk about the origins of the Armenian conflict based especially on the Czarist Russian and Soviet archival records. His talk was followed by just as riveting documentary of the Story of 1915.
Dr. Perinçek’s talk may be summarized as what follows with important ramifications for the over-all aspect of the Turkish-Armenain conflict which literally the world either does not know, or has been duped to believe contrary to what history tells us. Namely (as excerpted from Dr. Dr. Perinçek’s handout with my emphases and some edits):
- The documents in the archives of the Czarist era refer to the excellent living conditions of the Armenians, and to the fact that they were particularly supported and protected by the Ottoman State until the intervention of imperialist states particularly with the 1878 Berlin Conference. Furthermore, nationalities under the rule of the Ottoman State, particularly, Turks, Kurds and Armenians, lived in full harmony.
- Documents from the Czarist archives of the 19th Century point to the rise of Armenian nationalism parallel to the rise of Czarist motives of using the Armenians against the Turks.
- Western Europe and Russia were competing with each other in the manipulation of the Armenians to break up Eastern Anatolia.
- The communications and meetings of the Dashnaks with the Czarist Russian authorities show that the Armenians were entrusted with two missions within the framework of the invasion of Anatolia.
o First, ordinary Armenians would revolt behind the back of the Turkish Army’s frontlines to weaken it.
o Secondly, the Armenian voluntary units (Dashnaks) would breach the Turkish army’s defensive front lines to make the Russian conquest easier.
o The Ottoman Armenians played an active role in the fulfillment of both missions mentioned above.
o All these plans were implemented under the supervision of the Western countries and Czarist Russia.
- It should be noted from above with emphasis that:
o The documents demonstrate that the threat to the Ottoman State was not limited by the separatist movement leaders and revolutionaries (Dashnaks) but also by the ordinary Ottoman Armenians; and
o hence their relocation from behind the back of the Turkish army’s front-lines.
- The internal communications of the Czarist authorities provide evidence of Russian plans to provoke the Armenians to massacre the Turks and to settle Dnieper Kazakhs in the invaded regions. Czarist authorities called this project “Armenia without Armenians“.
- Even the Russian commanders that manipulated the Armenian guerrillas were horrified by their violence. For this reason, many Armenian officers and soldiers were tried in the military courts of the Czarist army and even were sentenced death penalty.
- It is particularly important to note that these massacres and lootings were committed before the relocation of the Armenians.
- Soviet leaders such as Lenin and Stalin and Armenian Bolshevik theoreticians made a number of statements concerning the root cause of the Armenian question reflected in many reports and communications.
- According to those statements, the Armenian issue was used by the imperialist states as a means to break up the Ottoman territory.
- While the Turks fought a legitimate war to defend their fatherland, the responsible parties of this tragedy were the imperialist countries that pursued the policy of using the ordinary Armenians and theDashnaks that played according to their plans.
- Soviet documents provide evidence of the ethnic cleansing the Dashnaks undertook within the boundaries of what is known today as Armenia. In order to create a “pure” national state, the Dashnak powers annihilated the majority of the Muslim population.
- Furthermore, the Muslim population of the Adana and Maras regions, then called Cilicia, was slaughtered under the supervision of the French.
- The Armenian population had also its share from the Dashnak dictatorship. Soviet documents provide evidence of the violence the Armenian population suffered under the Dashnaks.
- The Turkish Army’s operation towards Armenia, that is claimed to be genocide today, was supported and considered as a progressive move by Soviet officials. This Turkish operation was taken as legitimate defense of their land.
- It is for this reason that today the Armenian nationalists attack the Soviet leadership as much as they do Talat Pasha and Enver Pasha
- Dashnaks continued playing their WWI role during WWII, this time on the side of Hitler’s Germany. Dashnaks, as voluntary units within the fascist German army, committed crimes against local populations.
- Czarist as well as Soviet records substantiate that the Muslim population of the region was in irrefutable majority compared to the Armenian population. It is particularly important to note that these massacres and lootings were committed before the relocation of the Armenians.
In a shorter summary, if it weren’t for the brutal game of going after the spoils of the Ottoman Empire by the Imperialist Empires of Russia and Great Britain, it is most likely that Turks, Kurds and Armenians would have continued living in peace and harmony as they had for centuries before.
Question and Answer period followed Dr. Dr. Perinçek’s lecture. Among questions asked, one question prompted several comments as to how to put an end to these unending allegations of genocide by the Armenians. One of the suggestions was to take them to court on the basis that they were defaming the unsuspecting public that there was Armenian genocide when we know that there wasn’t in the absence of a verdict for the same by an international tribunal. A couple of people came forward and mentioned how they were defamed in front of other people in public places and that they were looking for a point of contact. We exchanged e-mails for follow-up.
After listening to Dr. Perinçek and then watching the “True Story of 1915” afterwards, one cannot escape the fact that the “Armenian Genocide” allegation is an ‘’international lie’’ as Mehmet Perinçek’s fatherDoğu Perinçek shouted “loud and clearly” at a public place in Switzerland for which the Swiss government sentenced him to jail.
Upon appeal- as Dr. Perinçek continued to describe the Perinçek vs Switzerland case at the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) – the Grand Chamber ruled in favor of Doğu Perinçek on 15 October 2015, who argued his right to freedom of speech. Dr. Perinçek briefly mentioned also the judgment of the French Constitutional Council on a related case in France. Namely, the Constitutional Council’s verdict affirmed that whether an act of genocide (or crime against humanity) has been committed or not can only be determined as a fact by a competent court and, further, legislatures or governments cannot declare an event as genocide. The Council’s verdict demolishes the potential effects of the law adopted on January 29, 2001 by the French Parliament that recognizes the 1915 events as genocide and hinders the adoption of any laws criminalizing the denial of Armenian genocide.
Dr. Perinçek concluded the conference with the observation to the effect that howsoever a nationalist one can be, history writing demands objectivity and truthfulness and Russians records help to lead towards both. So it is Kudos to ATAA and its component associations such as the Türkocağı in New Jersey for helping the truth come out sooner than later by arranging these documentary screenings and lectures throughout the United States.
Sevgin Oktay, VP
ATAA, NY-NJ Region
Assembly of Turkish American Associations
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