Christian victims of genocide from the Ottomans
When Jewish lawyer Raphael Lemkin created the term “genocide,” he was thinking about the Greek, Armenian, and Assyrian Christians murdered by the Ottomans. The Turkish attempt to completely wipe out these people, from their highest cultural achievements down to their very biological existence forever, was the standard against which he defined a “genocide” and has been the standard ever since. Yet in spite of the overwhelming evidence, both from the survivors and even from the Turkish government that clearly show over a million people were murdered or “disappeared” over the two years the massacres took place, the Turkish government has angrily and vehemently denied that it ever took place and threatens peoples and nations who say it did with harm.
While Germany has been cozying up to the Turk in a possible attempt to revive the old German Empire by rebuilding ancient alliances, at the same time there is this interesting development in Germany in recognizing the Armenian Genocide. The Greeks and Armenians were literally dancing in the streets over the news:
Turkey, however, was not pleased. It promised a ‘severe’ response to the ‘damage’ that had been done to German-Turkish relations.
Merkel has to have known this would make Turkey angry- it has been a sore spot with Turkey for years. Erdogan’s reaction is predictable and expected. And yet, that is why I am suspicious of this whole ordeal, and I see how Turkey recalled its ambassador to German as purely a political show gesture.
This move by Merkel is seen as a “pro-Christian” and ultimately, a “pro-German” move by recognizing “German values” in the minds of the common German people. In the minds of the average Turk, it is the conjuring up of a sore memory that will arouse feelings that are pro-Muslim, and most importantly- pro-Ottoman.
This might seem like a “sudden” move, but it seems to be a well-calculated one. Merkel gets to recover politically in the eyes of her people while Erdogan gets to look good before the Turks. In both cases, it consolidates support for both nations among their respective peoples. Neither Merkel nor Erdogan have shown any desire to stop with their respective plans. It is a distraction for the public from what is really happening, which is the birth of a new axis of power.
Oh, and by the way, Germany is still selling weapons to Turkey.
My point? Talk is cheap. Look beyond the dog-and-pony show.
Yes, Erdogan says the matter will be “discussed” in private, but I don’t think the discussions will be as serious as he claims. Perhaps it will be a toast to “well done” as the two historical allies, once the “Holy Roman Empire” in the West and the latter the remains of the conquered Byzantine Empire in the East, continue to work together to revive the Old Roman Empire under one rule and one religion, as I wrote a few days ago.
It’s a plot that even Pinky and the Brain could be jealous of.