Scholars and Politicians (Part 1)

Here’s a map of the countries that have recognized the Armenian genocide:The dark green are the countries that have recognized the Genocide (20 of them)

The light green are countries where there are parties or regions who have accepted the genocide. (For example 44 states in the US,ย  Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the UK)

I used to look at that map, and start the strategic thinking. Good progress in Europe and the Americas, but the key countries are just a touch away. Of the Arab countries we only have Lebanon (Syria has made the very diplomatic position of providing everything until it can’t be that it hasn’t accepted, without officially recognizing). But most can’t recognize because Turkey is too major a geopolitical power to annoy.

Obama is going to address the Armenian community tomorrow, and he’s either going to say “Genocide” or “Massacre”. Years of works by activists, lobby groups, petitions, boycotts from both sides of the fight depend on one of those two words.

But this year, I’ve been thinking. Is what we are doing right? Trivializing the hundreds of thousands of victims into a pawn in the political game? Lobbying for governments who don’t really care about us and just use our cause to pressure a nation it wants under control.

What do I care that Germany, France and Italy accept? Where did it get us? It didn’t give us more legitimacy, because the Armenian Genocide is already legitimate enough a cause. All major genocide scholars recognize it happened. Even the word “genocide” was coined by Raphael Lemkin to describe the suffering of the Armenians.

Oh no all that map means nothing to me, and I don’t need recognizing by anybody, except that one little Middle-Eastern country, the one who started it all…

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6 Comments on “Scholars and Politicians (Part 1)”

  1. Dee Says:

    we long for recognition..for everyone to tell us how bad we have/had it.. but at the end of the day what only matters is what really happened.. and no murderer will call himself guilty unless it would help him decrease his sentence period. So do not expect anything from anyone..just keep the memory alive yourself for you and your children.

  2. even if all the countries recognize it … that won’t change a thing… why don’t we just suck it up and deal with the matter… just think of the future, think of what you can do and not what you should’ve done! Am not saying that we have to forget what happened and forget the history, no.. am just saying that you should move on people… just move on…

  3. Justice Says:

    I want to say that it is not Armenian struggle for justice, IT IS A STRUGGLE OF ALL THE HUMANITY. Genocide is against people not a nation. Historical justice demands recognition of what ill-minded and evil turkish leaders did to humanity. They simply opened pandora’s box that is being open every 10 years in different parts of the world, such us Germany, Cambodia, Rwanda, Sudan, Bosnia, etc. Few evil bastards of history cannot kill what differentiates us from animals – JUSTICE!!!!!

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