Da Barack Obama besøkte Tyrkia i april ifjor, lå armener-spørsmålet hele tiden i bakgrunnen. Obama sa han sto ved sine standpunkt, men unngikk ordet folkemord. President Abdullah Gül, minnet om at også muslimene led mye.
Mr Gul said «many people lost their lives» in 1915 but stressed: «We have to remember that the Muslim population also suffered greatly at the same time.» He suggested it was for historians, not politicians, to resolve a nearly century-old question of who was to blame.
Dagens regime ønsker en teknifisering av historien. Ankara vil at historikere fra begge sider skal sette seg ned og finne ut av hva som skjedde. Det blir som om israelske og tyske historikere skulle skrive historien om Holocaust. De nasjonale rammene blir feil, og det foreligger mye dokumentasjon om folkemordet på armenerne, mer enn nok til å konkludere.
Men bak snakket om tilnærming og forståelse, skjuler det seg en aktiv tyrkisk propagandamaskin, ikke bare overfor utlandet, men også overfor egen befolkning. Times skrev:
The Turkish Education Ministry is currently being sued for inciting racial hatred after distributing a DVD which recycled propaganda dating back to World War One claiming that Armenians cooked babies and fed them to their mothers.
Dette er en hårreisende historie: vi hører om undertrykkelsen av kurderne, men at regimet driver aktiv revisjonisme og propaganda i barneskolen, sier noe om hvor dypt fortrengningen stikker. Og med fortrengning følger aggresjon.
På nettsiden turkishforum.com kunne man lese: Taste of Anti-Armenian Policies
Dagens regjering sprer altså DVD’er i småskolen som hevder at armenerne kokte muslimske småbarn! Ikke rart opplyste tyrkiske foreldre reagerer: dette er oppfordring til hat.
Det holder ikke at den tyrkiske staten drepte halvannen million armenerne og at minnet om dette må holdes under lås og slå: staten bruker skolene til å propagandere hat mot armenere, fortsatt og hevder at det var de som begikk grusomheter!
AKP-regjeringen fikk lurt Time magazine til å selge en revisjonisme DVD, da det ble oppstyr måtte Time bekoste en ny DVD som brakte en korrekt versjon. President Abdullah Gül fikk tilfeldigvis DVD’en i fanget da han tok Lufthansa og reagerte voldsomt. Dette var en grov krenkelse!
Friday, March 6, 2009
The London Times published on Feb. 28 a news report covering an unprecedented legal and political development in Turkey. Serdar Kaya, a Turkish father, a doctor by profession, is suing the Turkish Education Ministry for forcing his 11-year-old daughter to watch a «racist» and «disturbing» film denying that Ottoman Turks committed genocide against Armenians in 1915 with graphic allegations of Armenian «atrocities against Turks.»
«My daughter was very disturbed and frightened by the documentary and kept asking me if the Armenians had cut us up,» said Dr. Kaya who is suing the ministry and the child’s school for «inciting racial hatred.»
«There are many mass graves, bones and skulls in the DVD. They have interviewed old granddads who inspire confidence and compassion. When they say things like ‘They cut off his head’ and ‘they used it instead of firewood’, that is bound to stay with the children,» Serdar Degirmencioglu, a psychologist, told the Armenian newspaper Agos when news first broke that the documentary was being shown to primary school children – including ethnic Armenians in Turkey.
«You go and kill more than a million Armenians, wipe the traces of Armenians from Anatolia, grab their property, and then show children videos about ‘What the Armenians did to us’ … We are cutting these children off from the rest of the world,» said Ahmet Altan, editor of the independent newspaper Taraf. Altan is one of Turkey’s brightest writers. He has published several novels and essays which brought him fame and independence.
Back in 2001, speaking of Turkey’s shaky foundation as a state, Altan said to The Middle East magazine that «‘three corporations are betraying their vocation: the journalists, the historians and the men of law’. If they did not behave the way they did, Turkey would be in a different situation. Why the historians? ‘The State is founded on an initial lie: We are told lies on the foundation of the Republic, on Mustafa Kemal, on the Turks, the Kurds, the Armenians. It is forbidden in Turkey to debate on these matters.’ And what about the journalists? ‘They lied too much, and they continue,’ answered Altan. ‘I have been in this job for 27 years, I started from the bottom and climbed to the top. I can say that the Turkish press is coward: it comes out to hide the truth.’ And what about the men of law? ‘The judges and the lawyers should have rebelled and told the people the truth: the Turkish law is full of articles which go against the international law. The Turkish law considers the man as an enemy’ concluded Altan.»
The Education Ministry alleges that it has stopped the distribution of the documentary, Sari Gelin (Blonde Bride), named after an Armenian folk song. But it has apparently not recalled it and critics say that it remains part of the curriculum.
This is the same DVD that caused Turkey an embarrassing international defeat and fiasco back in June 2005. An initial insertion of 500,000 of the same Turkish DVD’s in TIME Europe was financed by Ankara Chamber of Commerce. Later, the TIME editors acknowledged that they were duped into thinking that the Turkish DVD was intended to promote tourism in Turkey. But it turned out to be a propaganda ploy to deny the facts of the Armenian Genocide. In February 2007 TIME was compelled to spend the monies received from Turkey to correct its mistakes. TIME Europe apologized to Armenians and paid to duplicate and insert 550,000 DVD’s of «The Armenian Genocide» documentary produced by a French company. TIME affixed these DVD’s on a full-page announcement, all, courtesy of TIME Magazine.
Do you remember then Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul being shocked to see the TIME DVD on his flight? In March 2007 Harut Sassounian, The Publisher of The California Courier, wrote: «Several Turkish newspapers reported on Feb. 26 (2007) that Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul was shocked when he saw an Armenian Genocide DVD in a copy of the TIME magazine on his plane. Gul and members of his delegation were returning to Turkey on February 11, after spending several days in Washington, D.C., lobbying against the pending Congressional Resolution on the Armenian Genocide. On their Lufthansa Airline flight, they discovered that the TIME magazine issue handed to them included a DVD as well as a full-page announcement on the Armenian Genocide. Gul was reportedly very upset that Armenians were carrying out propaganda activities even on his plane. He said he would conduct an investigation.»
And now, at last, Ankara is subjected to a far-reaching legal action by an ethnic Turkish father against his own government’s denialist propaganda at home. Turkey’s militarist policy of brainwashing its schoolchildren to the point of racist paranoia has finally backfired on the Turkish «Deep State.»
After many decades of attempting to force a gag rule on the Armenian Genocide issue in foreign capitals, Turkey is finally getting a taste of its own poisonous anti-Armenian policies.
Man må konstatere at Obama ikke er på høyden når han under besøket i april ifjor anbefalt at Tyrkia får bli medlem av EU. Samtidig sammenlignet han «1915» med USAs egen probelmatiske fortid. Men USA har anerkjent sin fortid, det vil ikke Tyrkia. Sammenligningen ikke bare halter, den er malplassert.
At the Turkish parliament yesterday afternoon Mr Obama returned to the «terrible events of 1915» by way of America’s own difficulties healing its scars of slavery and racial segregation.
«Each country must work through its past and reckoning with the past can help us seize a better future,» he said.