This post was originally published on 10th April,2015 under the Title "MOHAMMEDAN TURKEY AND THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE".


I wrote this item in December,2006 for the Monthly Newsletter "FOUNDATION" - Pope Francis will celebrate Holy Mass on Divine Mercy Sunday 12th April, marking the Centenary of this horrible crime.:
Turkey and the Armenian Genocide

Much has been written in recent times about the genocide of Armenians  (many of whom were Catholics) by the Turks during World War I.
To the Turkish Government the matter is unmentionable. It is quite bizarre: Germans are abject in their regret about the holocaust, the Japanese acknowledge but don’t apologise for their war atrocities, but the Turks will not even hear the subject of the Armenian genocide raised even after ninety years. (The French in their particular way made the point — it is now illegal in France to deny the Armenian genocide by the Turks!)

Some historic writings make Turkey’s actions obvious. The American Ambassador in Constantinople in 1915 was Henry Morgenthau (whose son was to become Franklin Roosevelt’s Secretary of the Treasury) and his memoirs contain the following account of his dealings with the Turkish Interior Minister, Mehmet Talaat Pasha, one of the leaders of the “Young Turks” and an architect of the Armenian genocide:
“...I have asked you to come here”[, Talaat said,] “so as to let you know that our Armenian policy is absolutely fixed and that nothing can change it. We will not have the Armenians anywhere in Anatolia. They can live in the desert, but nowhere else.”

I still attempted to persuade Talaat that the treatment of the Armenians was destroying Turkey in the eyes of the world, and that his country would never be able to recover from this infamy.

“You are making a terrible mistake,” I said, and I repeated the statement three times.“Yes, we may make mistakes,” he replied, “but” -- and he firmly closed his lips and shook his head -- “we never regret.”
One day Talaat made what was perhaps the most astonishing request I had ever heard. The New York Life Insurance Company and the Equitable Life of New York had for years done considerable business among the Armenians. The extent to which this people insured their lives was merely another indication of their thrifty habits.“I wish,” Talaat now said, “that you would get the American life insurance companies to send us a complete list of their Armenian policy holders. They are practically all dead now and have left no heirs to collect the money. It of course all escheats to the State. The Government is the beneficiary now. Will you do so?”

This was almost too much, and I lost my temper.

“You will get no such list from me,” I said, and I got up and left him.
Turkish Quotes

Enver Pasha One of the triumvirate rulers publicly declared on 19 May 1916...

"The Ottoman Empire should be cleaned up of the Armenians and the Lebanese. We have destroyed the former by the sword, we shall destroy  the latter through starvation." In reply to US Ambassador Morgenthau who was deploring the massacres against Armenians and attributing them to irresponsible subalterns and underlings in the distant provinces, Enver’s reply was...

"You are greatly mistaken. We have this country absolutely under our control. I have no desire to shift the blame onto our underlings and I am entirely willing to accept the responsibility myself for everything that has taken place."

Talat Pasha
In a conversation with Dr. Mordtmann of the German Embassy in June 1915...

"Turkey is taking advantage of the war in order to thoroughly liquidate (grundlich aufzaumen) its internal foes, i.e., the indigenous Christians, without being thereby disturbed by foreign intervention."

After the German Ambassador persistently brought up the Armenian question in 1918, Talat said
“with a smile”...
"What on earth do you want? The question is settled. There are no more Armenians"

In due course we hear the great admirer of Martin Luther on the ubject
“Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?”

— Adolf Hitler


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