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Article in The Times UK, Norman Stone, Bilkent Univ.Ankara: Usual Strategic BlackMail

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  • Article in The Times UK, Norman Stone, Bilkent Univ.Ankara: Usual Strategic BlackMail

    "Bad things happen when empires fall apart. Harking back to Armenia in 1915 will only drive modern Turkey into China’s arms". -


    Letter From: Jerry Tutunjian (Toronto)
    To: [email protected]
    Subject: Genocide of Armenians and Norman Stone
    Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2010 00:38:00 +0000

    I was distressed and surprised that "The Times" of London would furnish Prof. Norman Stone with space to try to mitigate the horrendous mass crime that Turkey inflicted upon it's innocent Armenian citizens, including my grandparents in faraway Urfa, and most of the members of my extended family in Cilicia.

    Stone, an employee of the University of Ankara, is a "hired computer" of the Turkish government, and such, his views on the Genocide of Armenians have been discredited for a number of years.

    What surprises me that "The Thunderer", with extensive coverage of the genocide (1915 to 1923), displays the memory of a guppy. The Genocide of Armenians is not an allegation, it's not so-called, it should not be placed in quotes, and it shouldn't be introduced with "Armenians claim that..." It's a historic fact, supported by the International Association of Genocide Scholars, among countless credible sources.

    It might be inconvenient for Turkey's friends to admit the killing of 1.5 million Armenians and the exile of 500,000 to the Syrian Desert, but a publication with the integrity of "The Times" should not join the shameless gang of genocide deniers. The genocide was so successful that today millions of Turks don't know that the eastern part of Asia Minor was the homeland of Armenians since, at least, 2,250 B.C. Unhappy that historians, Armenians, and non-Armenians keep the memory of the mass murder alive and demand justice, in the past 90 years the Turkish state has pulverized Armenian monuments, churches, graveyards, and anything which indicates Armenians were in Asia Minor. They have also changed place names.

    By allowing hired guns like Prof. Stone to spout his lies, you inadvertently become party to the denial of the Genocide of Armenians. I hope you assign another historian, someone with no axe to grind, to bring balance to Prof. Stone's false version of the Genocide of Armenians.

    Vahan Tutunjian