Last year, yet another threat to #Armenia took place, in the form of the 44-day attack by the #Turk-backed Azerbaijan regime. This ancient nation was once again in danger of being exterminated by the #Turks, the descendants of the #Ottoman Empire that ended a century ago. #Turkey’s President Erdogan wants to finish what the Ottoman Empire started in 1915 when they murdered 1.5 million #Armenians.
Those who ignore #history are doomed to repeat its mistakes. But make no mistake, Erdogan wants to eliminate #Armenians once and for all.
The Australian Institute for Holocaust and #Genocide Studies released a statement on November 3, in which it noted: ‘Turkey, which continues to deny the #Armenian #Genocide perpetrated by its #Ottoman predecessors a century ago, continues to provide material support to Azerbaijan in the form of weapons and foreign mercenaries from Syria.’
But in #Australia we mostly didn’t notice, or we looked the other way, when eighteen-year-old Armenian boys were pulled from their homes and their mothers didn’t know if they were alive or dead a week later. We didn’t talk about Syrian mercenaries being paid a hundred US dollars per #Armenian head.
It is easy to say: That’s nothing to do with us. Is it nothing to do with a civilised nation if an innocent young man with a good life before him is cut down in the name of a murderous ideology? What about if the number is over twelve hundred – at a hundred US a head?
But it is something to do with us. It is something that the whole world should see as something to do with us.
And what about the #Armenians? What did this small, ancient tribe of people do to the #Turks to draw such raw hatred? Ask yourself how it would feel if it was your sons being shot at. Ask yourself what it would be like not knowing how this will end or if your people will survive.
Why do we have bodies like the United Nations, if not to intervene when human rights are brutally compromised? Why do the great nations of the civilised world murmur politely about the tragedy … and do nothing?