Armenians killed 2.4 million Ottoman citizens - VIDEO
In 1981, the White House studied the issue during Reagan administration. The `genocide` claim of Armenians was found out as groundless. Armenian-Americans obtain colossal profit from their false `genocide`claims. They are against opening the archives not to lose this financial income. The truth will come to light if the archives are opened.
To paraphrase Mark Twain, there are three kinds of lies. Lies, damned lies and the number of Armenians who are claimed to have died in an alleged World War I `genocide`. Almost a century later, the number of deaths they assert varies between 1.5-2 million. But the best contemporary estimate by Armenians and their echo chambers was 300,000-750,000, compared to 2.4 million Ottoman deaths in Anatolia. Further, not a single one of those deaths necessarily falls within the definition of `genocide` in the authoritative `Genocide`Convention of 1948.
Immediately after the war, when events and memories were fresh, Armenians had no incentive to introduce high casualty figures or genocidal motivations for their deaths. Their objective was statehood. They were encouraged by the self-determination concept in President Woodrow Wilson`s Fourteen Points plan, while conveniently forgetting that they were a minority in Eastern Anatolia where they hoped to form a new nation. Armenian leaders pointed to their military contribution to defeating the Ottomans and population figures that would sustain an Armenian nation.
Boghos Nubar, then Head of the Armenian Delegation to the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, wrote to the French Foreign Minister Stephen Pichon:
"The Armenians have been, since the beginning of the war, de-facto belligerents, as you yourself have acknowledged, since they have fought alongside the Allies on all fronts, enduring heavy sacrifices and great suffering for the sake of their unshakable attachment to the cause of the Entente."
Nubar had earlier written to the Foreign Minister on October 29, 1918, that Armenians had earned their independence:
"We have fought for it. We have poured out our blood for it without stint. Our people played a gallant part in the armies that won the victory."
When their quest for statehood shipwrecked on the Treaty of Lausanne and annexation by the Soviet Union in 1921, Armenians revised their soundtrack to endorse a contrived `genocide` thesis. To make their case more convincing, Armenians exaggerated the number of deaths. They also altered their story line from having died as belligerents against the Turks, to having perished like unarmed helpless lambs.
Vahan Vardapet, an Armenian cleric, estimated a pre-war Ottoman-Armenian population of 1.26 million. At the Paris Peace Conference, Armenian leader Boghos Nubar stated that 280,000 remained in the Empire and 700,000 had migrated elsewhere. Accepting those Armenian figures, the number of dead would be 280,000.
George Montgomery of the American-Armenian Society estimated a pre-war Armenian population of 1.4-1.6 million, and a casualty figure of 500,000 or less. Armenian Van Cardashian, in testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1919, placed the number of Armenian dead at 750,000, a pre-war population of 1.5 million and a post-war figure of 750,000.
After statehood was lost, Armenians turned to their `genocide`playbook which exploited Christian bigotries and contempt for Ottoman Muslims. They remembered earlier successful anti-Ottoman propaganda. United States Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire during the war, Henry Morgenthau, was openly racist and devoted to this campaign.
On November 26, 1917, Morgenthau confessed in a letter to President Wilson that he intended to write a book, demonizing Turks and Germans to, win a victory for the war policy of the government. In his biography, Ambassador Morgenthau`s Story, Morgenthau shows his racist hatred toward Turks and unconditional admiration for Armenians.
From 280,000-750,000, Armenians initially raised their death count to 800,000` to test the credibility waters. It passed muster with uninformed politicians, easily influenced by campaign contributions and voting clout. Armenians then jumped the number to 1.5 million, and then 1.8 million by Armenian historian Kevork Aslan. For the last few decades, an Armenian majority seems to have settled on the 1.5 million death plateau. They are now testing the waters at 2.5-3 million killed as their chances for a congressional `genocide`resolution crumble.
Armenians have a genuine tale of woe. It largely overlaps with the tale of tragedy and suffering that can be told by Ottoman Muslims during the war years, 2.4 million deaths in Anatolia. Ethnic cleansing, starvation, malnutrition, untreated epidemics and traumatic privations of war under a decrepit and collapsing Empire.
Bruce Fein, Constitutional Lawyer, Scholar/Author, Former Legal Affairs Advisor of the Former US President Ronald Reagan
Published by the World Post, a Partnership of the Huffington Post and Berggruen Institute, 05.25.2011
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