Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2006 16:45:03 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Ara Manoogian"
Subject: Should PBS have commissioned a panel discussion on its documentary about Turkish-Armenian history?

Dear Mr. Belzman,

I am sorry to see that you feel the Armenian Genocide of 1915 could be a matter of debate. The Armenian Genocide is a well documented fact that should not be debated.

I would suggest that you read up on the subject prior to considering if a vote should be taken to decide if "scholars" should debate the subject.

I invite you to take a look at the archives of the Los Angeles Examiner. The August 1, 1926 issue had a story titled "Kemal Promises More Hangings of Political Antagonists in Turkey." It was written by a man named Emile Hilderbrand. This is an interview with Mustafa Kemal Ataturk founder of the modern Turkey.

The ninth paragraph of the story reads: "These leftovers from the former Young Turk Party, who should have been made to account for the lives of millions of our Christian subjects who were ruthlessly driven en masse, from their homes and massacred, have been restive under the republican rule. They have hitherto lived on plunder, robbery and bribery and become inimical to any idea, or suggestion to enlist in useful labor and earn their living by the honest sweat of their brow."

From the description of the founder of modern Turkey in the above story, all I can see is that in today’s terms what he describes is Genocide.

Though I have seen this same situation played out over the last few decades, that is with some uniformed individual making a bold statement that should not have been made, as they were misled by Turkey’s propaganda machine and then coming around and setting things straight. I’m sure this is what will happen in your case too, but you know Josh, it gets tiring to have to sit down and write to people like you. This too is a reason why the Armenian Genocide should not be an issue of debate, as such debates are a waste of many persons time which could be spent doing more productive things.


Ara Manoogian

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