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Nothing justifies genocide. Nothing. It is documented fact that the Armenian genocide occurred as told by multiple foreign (ie, non-Armenian, non-Turkish) observers. There is no "other side", just like there is no "other side" rebutting the Jewish Holocaust, or for that matter the genocide practiced by the US Government in systematically destroying Native Americans. It happened. It is well documented.
Even if a few Armenian guerrillas were helping the Russians, even if the Ottoman Armenians had no legitimate claim to independence from the Ottoman empire, none of it justifies the Ottomans documented, systematic murder of 1,000,000 Armenian civilians or their stealing Armenian property from cleansed towns and villages.
What I don't understand is the bitter defensiveness of modern day Turks (ie, post 1923) for the war crimes committed by a Turkish regime that the new Turkish government repudiated back in 1923!
I say to the Turkish deniers on this site: why do you feel that you have to defend the Turks of an era repudiated by your own 1923 Turkish government itself?Read more ›
This was an excellent film, but it shouldn't be the last stop in someone's investigation of the genocide that occurred in 1915. Rather, it's an excellent beginning, because it presents the issue comprehensively, and raises questions for further investigation.
The film does an outstanding job of portraying the human suffering caused by the genocide. Using photos from the time (some are quite graphic, be forewarned), plus written accounts (including from American diplomatic officials throughout the territory where the genocide occurred), it convincingly portrays the cruelty and barbarity perpetrated by the Ottoman Turks against the civilian population. Clearly, something horrible was perpetrated by the Ottoman government against approximately 1,000,000 ethnic Armenians, subjects of that Ottoman government.
It suffers slightly in trying to explain "why" it happened, and in convincing the viewer that the slaughter meets the modern-day definition of "genocide." ([...])
I say it fails because it does not attempt to address any of modern-day Turkey's rebuttals to the accusations leveled against it by the world community. It does not address in any detail supposed collaboration by Armenians with Russian forces by the ethnic Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire (note, the Armenians were just a long-persecuted ethnic group member of the Empire -- 100's of thousands were killed by Ottomans in the late 1800's, as well), nor does it address Enver's insane, foolhardy campaign against Russia in the Caucasus earlier.
(Editorial comment: even IF a few Armenian guerillas were helping the Russians, does it give the Ottomans the right: 1.) to murder 1,000,000 civilians 2.Read more ›
Just as there are those who, amazingly, seek to deny the Holocaust, there are even more subtle and vicious voices seeking to deny the Armenian Genocide committed by the Turks during World War I. This systematic murder, forced starvation, rape, and torture of more than a million Armenians introduced into the American language the phrase "starving Armenians," but modern understanding of the origin of that phrase is lacking. This documentary reminds us all of the reality of what was perpetrated by a nation against its own citizens, and it should be required viewing in civics and history classes.
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I sponsor two little boys from Armenia through World Vision; it was good but I am just tired of documentaries. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sharon C. May-Liebman
A compelling documentary that was amazingly informative for my students.Published 8 months ago by Helena A.
A consise overview of s tragic time in the history of the Armenian nation.Published 9 months ago by Craig Korkoian
Excellent documentary that covers an enormous amount of ground in just an hour.Published 12 months ago by Anonymous
You learn about an atrocity and how the government of Turkey wants to cover it up.
This is not for little kids. Read more
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|Very good documentary||
People are slowly starting to find out about this horrible crime and need to learn from it, instead of dwell on it.
Even when the Holocaust was reconised as a genocide, genocide still occured throughout the 20th century.
Dec 26, 2010 by Morgana1986 | See all 2 posts
|Not an objective documentary!||
How 'bout you use your own thoughts? Why do you think the Armenian militants were 'militant'? Dig a little more. Also study the true nature of Islam and you will discover a method to the Turkish madness. And why the Turks ARE to blame, just like the rest of Islam.
Aug 6, 2007 by P. Elliott | See all 6 posts