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The Genocide/Guilt game.


The mass slaughter of Christians by Turkey is commonly known as the “Armenian Holocaust.” Greeks, and other ethnic minorities were also killed. Efforts to recognize the killing of Armenians as “genocide” has snowballed into an international standoff between Turkey and France.

Your Genocide was bigger than mine.

From Taki Magazine…

When it comes to tallying casualties, the victims always claim a far higher body count than the perpetrators. Numerical claims about the reputed Armenian and Algerian genocides mirror one another almost precisely. Armenians say their death toll was 1.5 million, while the Turks lowball it at around 300,000. Algerians say the French slaughtered around 1.5 million, while France shrugs and says it was a mere 350,000.

The historical record suggests that both France and Turkey engaged in significant nastiness. It also suggests that neither the Armenians nor the Algerians were entirely innocent, either. French apologists note that Algerian nationalists were less than lamblike in dealing with the French, while the defenders of Turkishness allege that Armenian nationalists colluded with Russia against the Ottoman Turks in WWI. In history there are never angels and devils, only winners and losers.

France has announced that it may make it illegal to say that Turkey did not kill 1.5 million Armenians during WWI. Turkey says it will respond by boycotting French goods. Currently, it is illegal to question the Jewish Holocaust in France.

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Previously, Israel defended Turkey on the Armenian Genocide issue. Israel and Turkey were major allies at the time. American Jewish organizations even played a major role in blocking the United States from officially declaring that the Armenian Holocaust was “genocide.”

Now, relations have severely broken down between the Israel and Turkey. Suddenly, members of the Israel government feel that Turkey should be held accountable.

From Radio Free Europe…

Israeli lawmakers have ignored government objections and discussed the possibility of recognizing the 1915 mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire as genocide, RFE/RL’s Armenian Service reports.

The three-hour session on December 26 was held by the Israeli parliament’s Education and Culture Committee and attended by committee members, government officials, and representatives of the country’s Armenian and Turkish communities in a first-ever public hearing on the sensitive issue held in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament.

The committee made no decision after the session, saying it will hold more discussions on the issue in the future.

Knesset panels have held such hearings in the past but only behind closed doors, reflecting the close political and security ties between Israel and Turkey until recently. This was the first time such a discussion was open to the public.

Hagop Sevan of the Armenian National Committee in Jerusalem called that fact a “small victory” for local Armenians who have been pushing for an official Israeli recognition of the killings as genocide.

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Former director of the English National Curriculum calls for an end to “Holocaust Studies” in England. Says Germany has been vilified for long enough and special Holocaust curriculum no longer serve a purpose.

From UK Telegraph…

Lord Baker of Dorking, who spent three years as Margaret Thatcher’s education secretary, said that he would ban the topic and concentrate on British history instead.

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, he said that schools should concentrate on teaching “the story in our own country” rather than the events of the Second World War, including the Holocaust.

Lord Baker, who introduced the National Curriculum in the 1980s, said: “I would ban the study of Nazism from the history curriculum totally.

“It’s one of the most popular courses because it’s easily taught and I don’t really think that it does anything to learn more about Hitler and Nazism and the Holocaust.

“It doesn’t really make us favourably disposed to Germany for a start, present-day Germany.”

Lord Baker now runs a series of university technical colleges which teach courses on the lives of great British engineers, scientists and inventors, a model he would like to see applied more widely.

“Why I’ve got a thing against the Holocaust and all of that is I think you study your own history first,” he said.

“I’m sure that German children are not studying the British Civil War, right?

“I think children should leave a British school with some idea of the timeline in their minds – how it came from Roman Britain to Elizabeth II.”