Darfur Genocide

Some authors try to equate people who dismiss the Armenian Genocide label because of lack of evidence, with people who generally deny genocides with the intent to hate and promote racism. There is a difference.

Darfur, Sudan, is one of those sad stories that has been correctly labeled as the first genocide of the 21st century.

One must be careful in choosing books dealing with this controversial subject, since there are many books that have been polluted with conclusions for the reader rather than facts.

Turkish Government

The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdogan, though disliked in Turkey by the social elite, upper-class, middle-class, and educated, (but liked by the religious) has made some good statements and has made great efforts in promoting peace between Turkey and Armenia.

It is always wonderful to see Armenian terrorist leaders and their advocates the ANCA in Congress, who are all under the umbrella organization called the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaks) who caused many massacres in the events PRIOR to 1915 and after. They were also the leading organization to help fight the Nagorno Karabakh Invasion against Azerbaijan together with Armenian Armed Forces.

Erzurum Turkey

Arnold Toynbee wrote that the deportations of Armenians had "remarkable differences of practice" and explained that the differences were because of the "good or bad will of the local officials." In June 1915, Gen. Mahmud Kamil Pasha ordered the deportations of all Armenians in the Erzurum province. Yet were these deportations part of a genocidal plan by the government or a necessary but miserable attempt at stopping a rebellion and putting an end to ethnic violence?

In 1915, Armenians incited by Huncak and Dashnaktzutyun rebel parties (Armenian Revolutionary Federation), financed by the Tsarist Russia, rebelled against the dying Ottoman Empire.

No, Armenians did die in large numbers, but unfortunately this does not prove genocide, there are many other reasons why these death tolls are high.

Armenians were not generally oppressed by governments, but more by regional people of power. They were in fact the second-most respected people of the Ottoman Empire, first being the Muslims (since it was an Islamic Empire). In fact, Albertus Bobovius, who was enslaved by Crimean Tatars and sold into the palace in the 17th century, reports that both Armenians and Jews were exempt from the dev?irme levy. He writes that the reason for this exemption of Armenians is religious: That Gregorian church (Armenian Church) is considered to be the closest to Christ's original (therefore Muhammed's) teachings.

The debate over the legal definition of genocide regarding the tragic fate that befell the Armenians is one of the most controversial and heated debates within the field of Ottoman studies. On the one hand, you have scholars such as Justin McCarthy, Bernard Lewis, Stanford Shaw, Salahi Ramsdan Sonyel, Gunter Lewey, and Michael Gunter arguing that the Armenians did not suffer from genocide. According to Justin McCarthy:

The Toronto District School Board is still considering whether it will adopt a course teaching Armenian genocide claims to Toronto's 11th graders.