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  • #11
    History Lessons?

    TPMCafe, NY
    Jan 14 2006

    History Lessons?

    By Kate Cambor
    From: Culture Table

    Poor Jacques Chirac!

    While George Bush and Angela Merkel have been laying the groundwork
    for stronger future ties between Washington and Berlin, presenting a
    united front in opposition to Iran's nuclear program after their
    first meeting on Friday since Merkel became chancellor, poor Jacques
    Chirac has been stuck struggling with the past.


    Jan 14, 2006 -- 04:30:58 PM EST

    A historical debate has been brewing in France, one that actually
    began last February, when a law was passed that included this
    passage: "School programs are to recognize in particular the positive
    role of the French presence overseas, especially in North Africa, and
    give an eminent place to the history and sacrifices of fighters for
    the French army raised in these territories." The clause was
    inserted to please veterans and former colonists and, unsurprisingly,
    ended up displeasing just about everyone else, including the
    president of Algeria, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, and a host of educational
    and civic organizations. Eventually, even French prime minister,
    Dominique de Villepin, came out against it, telling France Inter
    radio: "It is not up to parliament to write history. There is no
    official history in France." Opponents of the law have petitioned
    for it to be repealed on the grounds that it "imposes an official lie
    about the crimes, the massacres that sometimes went as far as
    genocide, the slavery, the racism that has been inherited from this
    past."
    In the light of the recent urban and ethnic violence in Paris and
    other major cities ignited by the deaths two teenage boys, concern
    about the legacies of colonialism are no longer academic. And at a
    press conference last week, French president Jacques Chirac, sounding
    his most avuncular and expansive, announced that the law would be
    revisited and that the clause in question needed to be "rewritten."

    End of story? Hardly. Because there's been a lot of talk about
    rewriting history in la belle France recently. In December, Claude
    Ribbe, a respected black academic, published a new book about
    Napoleon, just in time for the 200th anniversary of the epic battle
    of Austerlitz. You only need to glance at the cover--the accusing
    title "Napoleon's Crime" is set against a photo of Hitler visiting
    Napoleon's tomb in 1940--to know this isn't going to be another
    celebration of Napoleon's military genius. In the book, Ribbe charges
    Napoleon with setting off a bloodbath in the Caribbean when he
    revived slavery in the French Empire in 1802 and furthering certain
    racist and pseudo-scientific theories that would later be taken up by
    the Nazis. He also protests against the "historical revisionism"
    that has allowed this darker side of Napoleon to remain largely
    overlooked. Perhaps unsurprisingly, French celebration of the
    anniversary of Austerlitz was decidedly muted, with politicians
    suddenly scrambling to distance themselves from the formerly great
    general now plagued with a nasty case of bad PR.

    The tricky thing in France is that certain versions of history have
    become the law of the land--literally. One French historian, Olivier
    Pétré-Grenouilleau, recently found this out when, during an
    interview, he made statements implying that the slave trade was not a
    crime against humanity. (He actually said it did not constitute
    genocide). An organization of intellectuals from overseas regions
    (Guyana, the Caribbean, Réunion, etc) has accused him of breaking a
    2001 law recognizing slavery as a crime against humanity; and, if
    found guilty, he could lose his academic appointment.

    There are currently four such laws of memorialization--the 2001 law
    about slavery, a 1990 law punishing the denial of the Holocaust, a
    2001 law recognizing the Armenian genocide
    , and the February 2005 law
    affirming the "positive role" of colonialism--and some of the
    best-known historians have recently demanded that any such laws
    "restraining a historian's freedom, telling him on pain of punishment
    what he should ... find" should be struck down.

    At first glance all this may seem like mere Gallic posturing over
    long-dead issues. But from Bush's 2003 denunciation of critics of the
    war in Iraq as "historical revisionists" to new challenges to
    Darwinism and science, haven't we been weathering similar storms on
    this side of the pond? Of course, revisionism doesn't have to be a
    bad thing, as Princeton University professor and former American
    Historical Association President James McPherson eloquently explained
    in this essay responding to Bush's accusations. I only hope
    historians in the future, looking back on these times, will be able
    to tell the good revisionists from the bad. In the meantime, with his
    nation seemingly in a rut and the right-wing eternal candidate
    Jean-Marie Le Pen hoping to translate up post-riots frustrations into
    votes for his presidential candidacy, Jacques Chirac will certainly
    have his hands full in 2006.


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    • #12
      'Infuriated bystander' Robert Fisk weighs in

      Daily Yomiuri, Japan
      Jan 15 2006


      'Infuriated bystander' Robert Fisk weighs in
      By James Hardy / Daily Yomiuri Staff Writer


      The Great War for Civilisation:
      The Conquest of the Middle East
      By Robert Fisk
      Knopf, 1,107 pp, 40 dollars


      "Terrorism, terrorism, terrorism. It has become a full stop, a
      punctuation mark, a phrase, a speech, a sermon, a be-all and end-all
      of everything that we must hate in order to ignore injustice and
      occupation and murder on a mass scale."

      Pulling no punches, The Great War for Civilisation is a 1,000-page
      tome that showcases Robert Fisk's brand of reportage with a
      conscience.

      A foreign correspondent, first for the The Times of London and then
      The Independent, who has received more awards than any other
      journalist, Fisk has 30 years of material to draw on and an archive
      of clippings and pieces that would put the news sections of most
      major newspapers to shame.

      Unsurprisingly, the book opens with Fisk's three interviews with
      Osama bin Laden--interviews that clearly explain the background to
      bin Laden's war against the West.

      Close up, bin Laden comes across as a more complex figure than the
      Bush administration would like to admit, while Fisk identifies a
      character trait that suggests the defeat of Al-Qaida is far from
      assured. "He was alarming because he was possessed of that quality
      which leads men to war: total self-conviction. In the years to come,
      I would see others manifest this dangerous characteristic--[U.S.]
      President George W. Bush and [British Prime Minister] Tony Blair come
      to mind--but never the fatal self-resolve of Osama bin Laden."

      Moving on to Fisk's own experiences of the Soviet invasion of
      Afghanistan, the story becomes more cloak-and-dagger, as our intrepid
      reporter takes on the local security apparatus and gets the scoop.
      Throughout this Cold War drama, Fisk provides historical context,
      whether it is the British Empire's 19th-century defeat in Afghanistan
      or its early 20th-century failure in Iraq, to the latest failed
      imperial adventures being played out before his eyes.

      The main point of the book--that the West's imperial failures will
      forever repeat themselves at the expense of the populations of the
      countries they are trying to control--will resonate with a younger
      audience who have no truck with realpolitik or regime change that is
      brought about to keep the price of gasoline below 2 dollars a gallon.


      Fisk notes from the start that the role of journalism is not--as he
      has sometimes thought--to "write the first pages of history." It is
      more important than that. "Our job," he quotes Israeli journalist
      Amira Hass as saying, "is to monitor the centres of power."

      Some of these "centres of power" are dotted around the Middle East,
      whether they be Algiers, Damascus, Baghdad or Tehran. But inevitably,
      it is the "centres of power" that are not in the region--but which
      Fisk contends have decided its fate since the post-World War I
      treaties--that come in for the most withering criticism.

      Washington's unquestioning support for Israel in defiance of U.N.
      resolutions and, Fisk argues, common humanity, comes in for
      particularly savage treatment, most notably in a chapter on the use
      of a U.S. Marine Corps Hellfire antiarmor missile, which had been
      handed over to the Israelis, in the destruction of a Palestinian
      ambulance, killing four women and two children who were traveling in
      it.

      Fisk has been pilloried in some reviews for being too shrill in his
      criticism of Western policy in the Middle East--his status as a
      self-described "ever more infuriated bystander" leaves some
      commentators turned off by what they see as self-righteousness. What
      he has over his detractors, and why this reviewer thinks he is being
      unfairly criticized, is firsthand experience of the results of the
      policies he condemns.

      Indeed, the strongest parts of this book are the straightforward
      reportage, whether it is from the front line of the Iran-Iraq War,
      the occupied Palestinian territories or the civil war in Algeria.

      There are many sections that are worth the cover price many times
      over. Fisk devotes a particularly harrowing chapter to the 1915-20
      Armenian Holocaust, in which 1.5 million Armenians were
      systematically slaughtered by the Turkish government--an event it
      continues to deny, even to the point of jailing those who dare to say
      otherwise.

      He does a similar job with an investigation into the effects of
      depleted uranium on children in southern Iraq--a massive increase in
      leukemia cases that doctors believe to be caused by shrapnel from
      U.S. and British shells. Both chapters leave readers wanting to know
      more, which is surely the point of good journalism.

      But the weaker sections of The Great War for Civilisation make an
      already long book unwieldy. Threading his father's minor role in
      World War I into the history of the Middle East is an unconvincing
      and unnecessary narrative device that does little to enlighten and
      much to irritate, while the latter chapters of the book substitute
      reporting for conjecture and finger wagging.

      While asides at the incompetence of subeditors and the uselessness of
      editors in general appear more than once, The Great War for
      Civilisation could have done with an aggressive edit, partly to cut
      it to a more manageable size, partly to cut out the portentousness
      that sometimes afflicts the prose, and partly to cut out Fisk's
      grandstanding, which mars the last chapters and weakens an otherwise
      fine addition to the West's understanding of its role in the
      continuing destruction and upheaval in the Middle East.

      (Jan. 15, 2006)
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      • #13
        Lombardia Italian Region Adopted Armenian Genocide Resolution

        Pan Armenian

        Lombardia Italian Region Adopted Armenian Genocide Resolution

        28.01.2006 18:46 GMT+04:00

        /PanARMENIAN.Net/ January 24 the Parliament of Lombardia region, Italy
        passed a resolution, according to which the Genocide of a million and a half
        Armenians, which is considered the first ever genocide, should also be
        mentioned on the Genocide Commemoration Day. Earlier Lombardia recognized
        the Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Turkey in 1915, reported the Yerkir
        newspaper.
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        • #14
          I don' understand.If all world recognise AG what will happen?I think even if it happens Turkey won't recognise AG .
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          • #15
            But of course there are other ways.
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            • #16
              Rudo - at this point in your education concerning these issue I think it might be advisable to do more reading and absorbing of information rather then commenting/thinking aloud on the forum. I would suggest that unless you have a specific question or think that something you might be posting here be of specific value that you refrain from posting just to raise your post count and such. I offer you this advice in all seriousness and with no malice.
              Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?
              Adolf Hitler (22 August 1939)

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              • #17
                Originally posted by 1.5 million
                Rudo - at this point in your education concerning these issue I think it might be advisable to do more reading and absorbing of information rather then commenting/thinking aloud on the forum. I would suggest that unless you have a specific question or think that something you might be posting here be of specific value that you refrain from posting just to raise your post count and such. I offer you this advice in all seriousness and with no malice.
                I only want to learn something about AG here my friend.Isn't it the aim of this forum?I am learning a lot of things in Turkey but only from turkish side but here ı can learn information from armenian side.I am young you are right but I am here because I want to improve myself in these topics.ok?
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                • #18
                  Why dont you go to Istanbul go ask an Armenian after making friends with him then ask him why dont you?
                  "All truth passes through three stages:
                  First, it is ridiculed;
                  Second, it is violently opposed; and
                  Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

                  Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

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                  • #19
                    Originally posted by Gavur
                    Why dont you go to Istanbul go ask an Armenian after making friends with him then ask him why dont you?
                    Do you know how hard to find an armenian in turkey?I haven't even met an armenian in my life.I don't understand your sentence.what don't ı do?
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                    • #20
                      Rudo
                      http://www.answers.com/armenian%20genocide
                      "All truth passes through three stages:
                      First, it is ridiculed;
                      Second, it is violently opposed; and
                      Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

                      Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

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