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The Denial of the Armenian Genocide Kaleigh Wargo Perspectives on GenocideProfessor Hone
Abstract: Armenia is one of the world’s oldest civilizations dating back to over 3,000 years ago. At one point in time, the Armenian culture spread from the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean, then became spread among different empires, including the Roman, Arabic, Russian, and the Ottomans. Armenia's unique and distinctive culture has survived for thousands of years, and is the legacy of a creative society sustained by centuries of tradition. The Armenian culture provides a remarkable deposition to the enduring faith, intellectual tradition, and determination of the Armenian people.With the declining of the Ottoman- Turkish Empire Sultan Abdul-Hamid II is forced to give up power, and the Young Turks became the leaders of this land. Within the group of Young Turks a radical committee was formed and Ismail Enver, Mehmet Talaat, and Ahmed Jemal, seized power in 1913. By wanting to create a fully Turkish Empire, they saw little place and needfor the Christian minorities, this included the Armenians. With World War I on its way, the Ottoman Empire allied with Germany. The Young Turkssaw this as an opportunity to “cleanse its grounds” and rid themselves of the pests, and traitors orthe Armenians. Their first target was the historical town of Zeytun in southern Anatolia. This town had a long history of self-rule within the Ottoman Empire. Authorities used this as a chanceto strike and say it was a pure example or Armenian resilience against the Turkish people. The Turkish went on to brutally murder, torture, rape, and destroy almost an entire culture. Approximately, 1.5 million Armenians were killed within these days of 1915. After the Genocide was over, and even today there are still people that deny this mass killing and
deportation was an actual genocide. The events were shadowed by the turning of World War II, where some thought if they did not speak of it, it would just be forgotten. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan addressed the nation, he did what no other President would think of doing. He labeled the massacre of 1.5 million tortured, brutally murdered, and torn from their homes as a genocide. This term has been either recognized and associated with the Armenian massacre, or avoided all together. People throughout the world stand on different sided of the spectrum when it comes to this event within the Armenian history. Today, people stilldeny that a genocide occurred. Over one hundred years ago, the Ottoman state murdered approximately two million Armenians. The leaders of the Turkish Ottoman Empire set a plan to expel and eliminate the
Armenians, who they viewed as traitors and infidels. In a sense the Young Turks wanted to createan all Turkish Empire. Because of the mistreatment and constant accusations of being traitors, the Armenians started to organize volunteer groups of soldiers to aid the Russian arm against the Turkish. These happenings led The Turkish government to fully push for an extermination of the Armenians. To this day, the people of Turkey and Azerbaijan, along with many others, deny that

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