armenian genocide final - The Armenian genocide is a...

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The Armenian genocide is a significant event because its effects have surpassed the boundaries of a single culture. Countries around the globe have been forced to question their moral integrity and upholding justice and peace. The true underlying determinant of involvement lies not in the virtue of the cause, but in the degree of self- interests at hand. The importance of attaining recognition lies not in vengeance, but in assuring the prevention of further recurrence. As a response to worldwide apathy towards the Armenian cause, the trauma of the past remains present in Armenian life today. To express restrained emotions and beliefs of the past, the Armenian people feel internationally abandoned and isolated as a community. The consequences of genocide as well as the denial of its happening, remain present through Armenian generations in the form of a trans-generational effect. It was not until Raphael Lemkin coined the term genocide in 1944, which he defined as "the destruction of a nation or ethnic group," did the word genocide exist. It was the emanation of this word that started the proposal for the United Nations Genocide Convention, which was ratified four years later in December 1948 (Chorbajian, Levon and Shirinian, George XV). The Armenian genocide differs from murder in that it was a collective and systematic annihilation of not only the people, but the evidence of their existence as well (Adalian 1). The only means by which to achieve such an intricate plan would require centralized planning and funding. This concept makes genocide a paragon of state crime, as only a government has the resources to carry out such destruction. The Armenian genocide was centrally planned and administered by the Turkish government against the Armenian citizens of the Ottoman Empire. The genocide was executed during W.W.I between the years of 1915 and 1918 (Hovannisian 13). During this time, the
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Varjabedian Armenian people endured deportation, massacre, rape and starvation. The great bulk of the Armenian population was forcibly removed from Armenia and Anatolia to Syria, where the vast majority (comprised of women, children, elderly and afflicted people) was sent into the desert to die of thirst and hunger. Many of the tortures imposed on the Armenian people at the hands of the Turks lead one to question the true motives of the domestic goal. In succeeding to reduce a people to five percent of the previous population, the need to inflict such pain and suffering on a people arose not from a mission, but from underlying sadist tendencies (Marcom 149). A perverse gratification in seeing such masses slowly wither to death through the terminal agony of defeat plaguing their spirits can only be defined as sadistic. Pregnant women had their stomachs slashed open and were forced to continue marching; leaving behind their fetuses sprawled out on the road to rot in the baking sun. Men's toenails and genitals were removed with the precision of workshop tools was
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