Genocidal Absurdity

Garen Yegparian
Garen Yegparian

Garen Yegparian

BY GAREN YEGPARIAN

Two utterly absurd actions taken over the past two weeks may have paved the way to some minor positive results. One was completely Turkish, the other American/internet.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, as he is wont to do, further denigrated his country’s reputation with his annual Armenian Genocide (denial) statement, disseminated via a tweet. The full text is available in Asbarez. In that statement, he may have just gotten one concept right. I emphasize “concept” and not facts, since the latter seems to be beyond his excellency. The sentence of interest reads thus: “The relocation of the Armenian gangs and their supporters, who massacred the Muslim people, including women and children, in eastern Anatolia, was the most reasonable action that could be taken in such a period.”

As you see, Erdoğan asserts relocating gangs and their supporters is reasonable when they are massacring people. Now, if we insert facts into this logic, we end up with an interesting outcome. Since it was Turkish gangs and their supporters (let’s add organizers, too, since the Ottoman government played the lead role) who were massacring people, then it is Turks who should have been deported. Since they were not deported a century ago, and since Erdoğan finds deportation to be a reasonable solution, then perhaps he should correct the error of his Ottoman predecessors and deport all the Turks living in Western Armenia. Of course, since he also has access to the lists of whose ancestors were Armenians (and Greeks, and Jews, etc.), he should of course leave those people in place and restore them to their rightful heritage.

What do you say Mr. Erdoğan? Are you up for implementing this proposal? It is, after all, based on your statement.

The other door-opening absurdity came to us courtesy of Facebook. Nora Hovsepian posted her grandmother’s survival story. Facebook then deleted it, supposedly because it was hate speech. All it contains is a paragraph (not much longer than Erdoğan’s statement) describing how she survived followed by an equally brief description of Armenian life after the Genocide. Nora asked Facebook to review its action.

After waiting for 36 hours and getting no response, she reposted it. Hundreds of supportive comments and 1300 “shares” followed. Interestingly, at least three other people reported similar experiences with Facebook. I haven’t read all the comments, so there may be more. It seems to me it’s time we compiled all such cases and confronted Facebook with its foolishness. It’s obvious that Turks are complaining about our posts, and Facebook, being the corporate behemoth that it is, is mechanically following some policy it has. The outcome is odious in the extreme. We must use the compilation of this Facebook behavior to elicit a change in its policies so that simple descriptions of our experiences during the Genocide are not blithely deleted.

Even more, this policy modification should apply to any Turkish complaint about Armenian postings. I say this because one of the examples I read in the comments to Nora’s original post was from Matthew Karanian. Facebook had deleted a post about “The Armenian Highland” which is his most recent book. It’s obvious the problem extends beyond Genocide related postings.

Let’s get busy contributing examples of Facebook’s (perhaps unintentionally) anti-Armenian actions. Who will set up a Facebook page where everyone can tell their tales?

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4 Comments

  1. joe said:

    The absurdity of Erdogans statement is taken from the official obtuse denial of past Turkish governments version of reality concerning the original owners of what is today called “Turkey”. His ignorant, domestic consumption nonsense remarks are akin to saying that the original American Indians had gangs and were murdering the European invading settlers and therefore had to be liquidated..Equally absurd is the fact that Assyrians and Greeks were murdered in the same genocide campaign. SO, DID THEY HAVE GANGS TOO? What was their crime? Turks need reminding that they are the invaders, occupiers, from the Asian foothills where their homeland is, which culminated in genocide after their years of oppressive misrule and after they LOST THEIR EMPIRE. They are criminals. As for FB, when it first was launched I researched the people who were involved and the main investors and realized it was mostly all Israeli’s. Do i need to say anything more? Nope. I dont expect anything good from FB. Almost reminds me of the corrupt ADL.

  2. Jacque said:

    I think it’s a great idea to have a Facebook page for the stories of Genicide survivors and how and where our ancestors ended up.
    There will live they’re memories for ever and one day it could be made into a book.
    Maybe I’ll start one! I always thought about that.

    • Robert Yoder said:

      Please do! (assemble a such a survivors’ book). Here in Tennessee I often see a book about “Holocaust” survivors, replete with both their pictures and testimonies, while I have nothing (concerning Armenians’ first Holocaust) with which to answer. Not only are there picture books, but public events, such as feature the confiscated violins of victims, as well; not to mention endless public discussions.
      But WHERE ARE THE ARMENIANS?

  3. Kren Gasparian said:

    YouTube removed the music video that I made with System Of A Downs Holy Mountains because thousands of ignorant Turks filed a complaint. All I did was use images of the Armenian Genocide and YouTube said it violated their community standards. I doubt the same would be done if it was a music video of the Holocaust.

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