Armenian Genocide


Finally something intelligent from the pontiff.

I guess the successful genocide of Armenian Christians by successive Turkish regimes in the 1900’s (which coincidently gave Hitler the confidence for doing the same to Jews), was something he deemed worth talking about. The broken clock just struck twelve.

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Turkey recalls ambassador over pope’s Armenia genocide comments

Pope Francis on Sunday marked the 100th anniversary of the slaughter of Armenians by calling the massacre by Ottoman Turks “the first genocide of the 20th century” and urging the international community to recognize it as such. Turkey immediately responded by recalling its ambassador and accusing Francis of spreading hatred and “unfounded claims.”

Francis issued the pronouncement during a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica commemorating the centenary that was attended by Armenian church leaders and President Serge Sarkisian, who praised the pope for calling a spade a spade and “delivering a powerful message to the international community.”

“The words of the leader of a church with 1 billion followers cannot but have a strong impact,” he told The Associated Press.

Historians estimate that up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks around the time of World War I, an event widely viewed by scholars as the first genocide of the 20th century.

Turkey, however, denies a genocide took place. It has insisted that the toll has been inflated and that those killed were victims of civil war and unrest.

Francis defended his words by saying it was his duty to honor the memory of the innocent men, women and children who were “senselessly” murdered by Ottoman Turks.

More here.

NOTE: Obama would never have thought to talk about it with his ol’buddy Recep.

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2 Responses

  1. “..around the time of World War I” ?
    The bouts of killing began in 1894 with the “Hamidian Massacres” described by the New York Times as “Armenian Holocaust”. Which war do the the Turks blame for those?

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