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The Turkish Republic Was Born in Genocide

May 13, 2021
By Theodore G. Karakostas

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has begun the process of groveling before Turkish dictator Erdogan. In the aftermath of the Biden administration's formal recognition of the Armenian Genocide, Blinken has stated that Biden does not blame Turkey for the Ottoman perpetrated Genocide. The reality, however, is that crimes against humanity were not committed by the Ottomans alone. 

The Republic of Turkey was born in genocide. The murderous founder of the Turkish Republic Mustafa Kemal (the so called ‘Ataturk’) presided over systematic exterminations of Christians – Armenian, Assyrian, and Greek – throughout the lands of Anatolia. No mercy was extended to any men, women, or children.

The civilian Christian populations in every village and town that Kemal's Army came across were butchered. In September, 1922, Kemal's Army conquered the once-liberated Christian City of Smyrna. The Turkish Army under the notorious Noureddin Pasha hunted down all Greek and Armenian Christians and set fire to the City. 

There is great historical evidence that affirms that Kemal himself not only approved of the massacres, but praised them. Kemal had previously met with Noureddin Pasha before the massacres at Smyrna. Noureddin Pasha himself handed over Greek Orthodox Archbishop Chrysostom to the jihadist mobs who murdered him. While Constantinople remained under the control of the western powers, fear struck the Christian populations who believed they would suffer the fate of the Christians of Smyrna. Many Greeks fled Constantinople in terror. 

The very idea that the Turkish Republic has no complicity in genocide is an obscene lie and all Greeks, Armenians, and Assyrians should be outraged and offended by the Secretary of State and others who are attempting to curry favor with the present Turkish dictator. Mustafa Kemal ordered the ethnic cleansing of over one million Greeks from Asia Minor and Eastern Thrace. It is morally offensive and outright racist to attempt to absolve the Turkish Republic of responsibility for crimes against humanity. 

Adding to the outrage is the effort of some members of the Biden administration to curry favor with the Erdogan regime even as the regime threatens Greece with war. Turkey has put forward claims on the Greek islands. There is no question what will happen should the Turks occupy even a single Greek island. The massacre of Smyrna will certainly be repeated in the event of a Turkish occupation of any Greek territory. 

Turkey is a sponsor of terrorism which supported Azerbaijani aggression against the Armenians of Artsakh. Turkey purchased oil from the Islamic 

State which was perpetrating Genocide against the Yazidis, Christians, and Shi'ite Muslims. Turkey permitted countless volunteers from America and Europe to pass through its border into the territories controlled by the Islamic State. Turkish treachery at the present time has not been enough  to convince State Department officials that Turkey is a hot bed of jihadism, international terrorism, and aggression against peaceful countries such as Armenia, Cyprus, and Greece.

President Biden's recognition of the Armenian Genocide should have been a major step toward rehabilitating American foreign policy. The President was hoping not to offend Turkey. It has been official state policy in Turkey from the time of Kemal to deny the Genocides of all its Christian populations.

There is no possibility of making distinctions between the Young Turks who ruled the Ottoman Empire in its final years and the Turkish Republic, which could not have come into being without the physical extermination of the Christians. 

The Turkish Government over time has proceeded to ethnically cleanse the Greek Orthodox populations of Constantinople and the islands of Imbros and Tenedos. Turkey invaded the Republic of Cyprus in 1974 and ethnically cleansed the occupied territories of Greeks. From 1984 until 1999, the Turkish military destroyed over 3,000 Kurdish villages in its dirty war against the Kurds. The history of the Turkish Republic is stained with blood. 

Either the administration supports historical truth and human rights in Turkey, or it does not. 

When it comes to historical facts and evidence, there is no middle ground.

I hope that the traditional American hypocrisy demonstrated in its brazen support for the murderous Turkish Republic will not remain in effect under President Joseph Biden. 


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