If the empire of goodness does not rule, the empire of badness will.
If children have exposed when young, to the empire of badness, the habit is hard to kick.
If acts of mass murdering horror are not punished, but, instead, make a state prosperous, it is to be feared that the horror will be emulated.
It is no accident that the Armenian genocide happened in the presence of German officers. It is likely that the Armenian genocide (1.5 million dead, just for the 1914-1918 period), inspired the Nazis.
At some period of its history, Turkey became a so-called “Caliphate”, a type of dictatorship justified by a reading of Islam (Caliph means successor. of Muhammad, a famous war chieftain).
[In interviews, Turkish soldiers justified at the time the crucifixions of women and girls as young as 16, by claiming they had not been “submissive”. An inside joke on Islam (“Submission”)]
The full story is amusing, and instructive: the Turks are from Central Asia, not far from Mongolia. They are old Indo-European stock. Peoples from Central Asia always find reproduction easier to achieve than production: the steppe is deprived of much resources.
So the Turks decided to invade richer areas, as Central Asian peoples periodically do: just ask those who decided to build the Great Wall of China. They equipped themselves with the deadliest weapon: Islam, literally interpreted.
Within a generation, the Turks reached the Mediterranean, and had the Oriental Roman empire on the ropes (so-called Byzantium, but the rulers from Constantinople called themselves “Romans”, and they were, although they spoke Greek. So did Julius Caesar as a baby).
The Romans called the Franks to the rescue (they had helped the Franks with their fire spitting fleet at the battle of Saint Tropez, a century earlier). That launched the Crusades.
Fast forward nine centuries.
The Caliphate had long become a disaster, because, not just a dictatorship, it fought ideas and terrible tech such as printing.
The “Young Turks” decided to seize power. They had some great and modern ideas. But still, Islam is what they had learned young.
Whatever their reason, the Young Turks conducted a xenophobic policy.
The Young Turks dared to finish what the Turkish invaders had started: they kicked out, and otherwise destroyed Greeks and Armenians.
The Greeks had lived there for more than three millennia. The Armenians had the first Christian state (yes, two generations before Rome).
At the hands of the “Young Turks” several millions died or were thrown out of their country. Sometimes full war was used, sieging Greek cities for months.
The “Young Turks” proclaimed a republic in “Turkey”.
The “Young Turks” said they committed no genocide, no holocaust, no ethnic cleansing. They were lying, and their successors (Caliphs?) are lying. Not just that, but their successors profit and exploit the crime.
Barack Obama, when he ran for president, pretended that he would recognize the Armenian genocide. Now Obama does not use the word “genocide” about Armenia.
What is Obama afraid of?
Obama is afraid of Turkey.
Tomorrow one remembers the 100th anniversary of Armenian genocide, a holocaust at the hands of Turks, and an emotional interpretation of the Islamist ideology.
The Turks, most Turks, say such a thing, the Armenian holocaust, did not happen. When the Pope mentioned it a few days ago, Turkey recalled its ambassador. (I doubt Turkey will recall the ambassador to France, though. France has more Special Forces than the Pope.)
A substantial part of present Turkey rests on Armenian territory. Turkey would have to regurgitate the land it stole, should Turkey recognize history for what it is.
Don’t bet on it.
Tomorrow president Francois Hollande of France and his homologue Vladimir Putin of Russia travel to Armenia, to express the importance they attach to reality and holocaust. This is unusually courageous for Putin, who wants to make nice with Turkey’s semi-dictator, Erdogan (a question of fossil fuels in part as major pipe-lines are being built, to avoid Ukraine).
Putin and Hollande will be very much alone in Armenia, commemorating. No other significant heads of state are coming. Hollande announced they will talk about Ukraine (while Obama hides from reality on golf courses; worrying even China, which is starting to get worried by North Korea’ s huge nuclear arsenal: soon 40 nukes, says the PRC, and capable to reach the USA ).
Why are France and Russia less afraid of Turkey than the USA?
Maybe, and certainly just a question of character of the leaders.
And how does one fight an empire of badness?
By an empire of goodness.
Time for Europe to man up, and stop the causes of the massive unlawful immigration into Europe.
Last year, Italy caught more than 171,000 unlawful immigrants from Africa. And more than 50,000, from the Middle East. Thousands died at sea.
If nobody uses force for goodness, if goodness has no force, evil will win.
Time for force. Even be it just the force of ideas and representation. So kudos to the French and Russian Presidents tomorrow in Yerevan, Armenia. And shame onto the others. Those despicable characters are not just cowards. They are accomplices. And not just of what happened in Armenia, or under the Nazis. The cowards are accomplices of holocausts to come.
If Obama cannot confront Turkey, how can he confront North Korea and its 40 nuclear weapons?