This month, of this year marks the centennial of both the Armenian Genocide in Turkey, and also the Allied Landings at Gallipoli. For the Later, You should see the post by my friend over at Jack of All Times. What he points out is indeed a fascinating way to look at a historic event, Especially one so well photographed. The Campaign would kill about 100,000 people over all. This should disgust you all the more, since when you think about that phrasing. “Killed About 100,000 People” you have to think for a moment: We round the Casualties not in tens, or hundreds, or even thousands, but in Tens of Thousands of lives lost. That’s just the killed; the Wounded are many more thousands I cannot bear to count.
The Former is not being talked about nearly as much, which is unfortunate. The Armenian Genocide killed well over a Million people. Factor the logic above on rounding numbers of lives lost on that number.
The worst part is that it’s not covered in the US, no one here remembers them, and Turkey Refuses to admit anything happened aside from a minor relocation. It’s similar in that way to the Trail of Tears.
Watch Ararat, from 2002, on Netflix, if you are of anything like a mind to put up with one of the greatest films I have ever seen on how people deal with conflict and Atrocity. The Trailer is here, but definitely watch the movie.
The Armenian Genocide needs to be remembered. It needs to be called what it is. So, too, does every Genocide, committed by anyone the globe over at any time in history. If you’d like a brief Overview, try this one at the BBC. I shall not detain you further on this, but you should detain yourself on it, and many other similar incidents, many of which happened on US Soil.
Remember. Mourn. Learn. Fight.
Here Endth the Lesson.