The following excerpt is from Professor
Justin McCarthy's fine article, "The First Shot."
|Who are These
there have been meetings on the Armenian Question held in Germany and America. The
meetings in America were mainly held behind closed doors. They were secret. No
one but the participants knows what went on in these meetings. Some few meetings
have allowed the public to listen, but have never included speakers who have doubted the
existence of the "Armenian Genocide." Nevertheless, these meetings have
been widely publicized, because there have been both Turks and Armenians at these
meetings. The Armenian nationalists say, "You see, Turkish scholars agree with
Who are these Turks? They are those who have passed a test before they are allowed
into the club. Before they can be a part of the gatherings, the Turks must agree
that there was an Armenian genocide. The Armenian nationalists will not meet, or
even speak, with anyone who disagrees with them. So these meetings are not scholarly
inquiries. They are political gatherings of those who wish to condemn the Turks, and
some of those who condemn the Turks happen to be Turks themselves.
There is nothing strange in this. I need not tell you that there are Turks whose
ideology drives their historical judgment or that there are Turks who honestly disagree
with the large majority of other Turkish scholars. It is a good thing to have
disagreement, because wisdom comes out of debate. That is the problem with these
meetings—they are not debates.
recently read many e-mails and letters that condemn the Turks who meet with the
Armenians. Other Turks condemn them for in some way betraying their
country. This is not right. No scholar should ever be attacked because
he says what is unpopular. Freedom is the basis of all good scholarship, and
that includes the freedom to be wrong. Attacking those who disagree with you
is the way of the Armenian nationalists who bomb professor's houses, kill diplomats,
threaten scholars, and take advantage of unjust French laws to sue professors who
dare to speak out.
hope this is never the way of the Turks. I go into bookstores in Istanbul
and Ankara and see books in Turkish, written by Turkish citizens. These books state
that the Turks did commit genocide. I read Turkish newspapers that include
interviews with men whose words sound as if they were been written by Armenian
nationalists. Sometimes I laugh at their arguments.
they anger me. But I know that it is a good thing that they are able to
speak. It shows that Turkey is mature enough, confident enough, to accept
For the rest of this outstanding exercise in logic and honesty,
An American hero, at least, before
turning traitor ...an honor the
Turkish Turncoat cannot claim
|A Turkish Scholar Sponsored by the Armenians
OPINION March 19 , 2001
From Terrorism to Armenian Propagandist:
The Taner Akcam Story
You may have heard that the ranks of those who accuse Turkey of
having committed a "genocide" against the Armenians now include a Turkish
citizen named Taner Akcam. Akcam who is affiliated with a German research center and
claims a doctorate in history, has become the darling of the Armenian diaspora activists
in this country and in Europe. He has been invited to the United States several times —
all expenses paid by Armenian organizations — to give talks and participate in
Currently, he is a "visiting scholar" at the Armenian
Research Center (ARC) at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. The ARC serves as one of
main mouthpieces of anti-Turkey Armenian propaganda in the U.S. Its Director, Dennis Papazian, is a well-known
professional falsifier of history who has consistently denied that Armenians were involved
in the deaths of thousands of Turks in Eastern Anatolia during World War I.
During the past decade, Akcam has published several books in Turkey
on the Armenian issue, including Turk Ulusal Kimligi ve Ermeni Sorunu (Turkish National
Identity and the Armenian Question). Akcam's publications show no evidence that he knows
Ottoman Turkish or that he has ever worked in the Ottoman archives. In his writings, Akcam
parrots the familiar arguments that have become the staple of the Armenian propaganda
machine. He wholeheartedly endorses the Armenian claim that the Armenians were the victims
of a horrible "genocide" that was planned and carried out by the Ottoman
government during World War I.
While dismissing the actions of the Armenian terrorist organizations
against the Empire's Turkish and Muslim populations, he puts the blame for the tragic
events that took place more than 80 years ago solely on the Young Turk leadership.
Moreover, in line with the standard Armenian arguments, Akcam asks that Turkey formally
apologize for its "crimes" to cleanse its national and collective conscience
from this "horrible" burden. In his only publication to appear in English so far
— an essay that was translated from German by none other than the well-known protagonist
of the Armenian version of history, Vahakn Dadrian — Akcam goes so far as to argue that
there was a close connection between the Armenian "genocide" and the national
resistance movement in Anatolia led by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, and that the foundations of
the new Turkish Republic reflected the involvement of its leadership in a genocidal
policy. At the conclusion of his essay, Akcam wonders how traumatic it would be for Turks
to discover that the individuals they regarded as "great saviors" and
"people who created a nation from nothing" were in fact "murderers and
To understand how a person who claims Turkish citizenship can express such outrageous
views, it is important to know something about his background. Taner Akcam was born in
Kars — a province where there is a sizeable number of Turkified Armenian families —
and he is the son of the leftist writer Dursun Akcam. Taner Akcam became involved in
radical leftist activities while he was still a lycee student. His radicalism intensified
while he studied at the Middle East Technical University in the early 1970s. Akcam moved
from student activism into political terrorism by joining the THKP-C (Turkiye Halk
Kurtulus Partisi-Cephesi-Turkish People's Liberation Party-Front) in 1972 — a terrorist
organization that was implicated in the assassinations and killings of numerous far-right
militants, Turkish security officials, and American and NATO military personnel. In the
mid-1970s, Akcam became a leading member of DEV-YOL (Devrimci Yol-Revolutionary Path) and
the editor of its periodical Devrimci Genclik Dergisi (Revolutionary Youth Magazine). It
might be recalled that DEV-YOL was one of
the two principal leftist terrorist organizations (the other being DEV-SOL) that played a
major role in the bloody escalation of
political violence in Turkey during the 1970s. In the bizarre ideological divisions among
the leftist groups that proliferated on the Turkish political scene at the time, DEV-YOL
as following a "pro-Soviet" line in terms of its international loyalties. DEV-YOL's
bloody terrorist activities, which claimed hundreds of
fatalities and a large number of serious injuries, included assassinations, armed attacks,
bombings, and bank
robberies. The group also achieved notoriety when it set up a so-called "liberated
zone" in the town of Fatsa
on the Black Sea coast where DEV-YOL militants established their control for several
months before being routed by the security forces.
During this period of heightened terrorism, Akcam was an active participant in the
planning of assassinations and armed attacks against the targets chosen by DEV-YOL. He was
in the inner
leadership circle of the terrorist organization and worked as the right-hand man of its
leader Oguzhan Muftuoglu. In addition, as the
editor of DEV-YOL's magazine, he wrote numerous articles exhorting DEV-YOL militants to
engage in violence to bring down "the oligarchy", to punish "the
fascists", and to get rid of "American imperialism." By the mid-1970s, as
political violence between the far-left and ultra-nationalist groups escalated, Akcam had
become one of the leading "theoreticians" of leftist terrorism and violence in
Taner Akcam was arrested in 1976. After a trial that lasted several months he was
sentenced to eight years and nine months for his role in fomenting terrorism and political
violence. However, Akcam did not stay in jail for long: in a spectacular incident that
made the headlines in the Turkish press, he escaped from a prison in
Ankara along with four other convicted terrorists in March 1977. After hiding in Turkey
for several months, he managed to find his way to Germany where he asked — and received
— political asylum.
In Germany, Akcam continued his involvement in radical leftist activism and became the
leader of a group known as Gocmen Harekat (Migrant's Movement) that sought to reorganize
other leftist terrorists who had escaped from Turkey. In the aftermath of the 1980
military coup in Turkey, Akcam became a leading figure in mobilizing demonstrations and
protests against Turkey in Germany.
He also wrote articles in various leftist publications in which he
criticized DEV-YOL's leader Muftuoglu for his "pacifism" and called for the
renewal of the "armed struggle" in Turkey. He also maintained his fanatical
criticisms and attacks against of the West in general, and the United States in
particular. In an interview in
1989, he declared: "I consider saying 'yes' to NATO and the European Union the
biggest shame for a revolutionary. I am against the West since I consider it an
imperialist power...and because I view the technology, culture, and politics of the West
dangerous for all mankind."
Akcam returned to Turkey in 1993 for the first time since his prison escape. Since his
1977 conviction and sentence had expired, he could not be put back into prison. In a press
conference that he held upon his arrival to Istanbul, he stated that "DEV-YOL's
struggle" was going to continue. However, by the early 1990s, DEV-YOL had become a
relic of the past and a new generation of terrorists
had appeared on the scene that did not much care for older militants such as Akcam. Taner
Akcam then worked for a period as an "advisor" to another former leftists
radical, Gurbuz Cap¹n, who had become the mayor of Esenyurt municipality in Istanbul.
In the 1990s, Akcam decided to reinvent himself as a "scholar" by writing books
and articles on the Armenian question. Following graduate work in the university, he
became affiliated with a research center in Hamburg. His uncritical acceptance of the
Armenian version of the events that took place in Eastern Anatolia during World War I
quickly gained him the sympathy and support of
the anti-Turkey groups — Armenians, Kurds, and Greeks — first in Europe, and later in
the U.S. At last, after spending years
in terrorist organizations, hiding from the police, and living in exile as a refugee,
Akcam had found his true calling in life. By gaining the dubious distinction of being the
first "Turkish scholar" to agree wholeheartedly with all the Armenian
allegations and claims against Turkey, Akcam finally managed to make a name for himself
outside of terrorism and also earn a livelihood through the financial support provided by
Armenian diaspora organizations.
Akcam's critical views about Turkey and the actions of the Turkish state is typical of a
generation of leftist intellectuals and political activists who emerged on the Turkish
political scene beginning in the late 1960s. For them, the Turkish state is capable of
doing nothing good and worthy and everything that smells foul and nasty.
As their hopes for a leftist revolution in Turkey faded away with the
disintegration of the Soviet Union and the communist regimes around Turkey, they have
searched for new venues to vent
their anger and opposition to the Turkish state. Some former radical leftists have taken
up political Islam as their new cause. Others have become supporters of radical Kurdish
nationalism and the PKK. And in the case of Akcam, his lifelong opposition to Turkish
state has manifested itself through his unabashed support for the Armenian falsifiers of
It is lamentable that a person who has been a fanatical critic of the U.S. throughout his
adult life and who has worked in terrorist organizations that were directly responsible
for the deaths of American citizens is now warmly embraced by Armenians living in this
country. Perhaps this should not come as a surprise since the
Armenian activists have shown, over and over again, that they are willing to provide moral
and material support to those who engage in terrorist acts directed at Turkey and Turkish
officials. As a former terrorist leader with a long record of involvement in activities
against the Turkish state, Akcam should feel at home among his new Armenian patrons.
past (via another source):
December 4, 1974
Arrested for unrest at the College of LHG, METU
July 28, 1975
Arrested for obstructing the scheduled exams at the METU, Ankara
November 4, 1975
Participated in an act of violence in Malatya, wich resulted in an injury to a taxi cab
November 20, 1975
Became the executive editor of the periodical "DEV-GENC" (DEV-GENC later on had
fractured into DEV-SOL and DEV-YOL. DEV-YOL believed in accomplishing the revolution by
peace and education while DEV-SOL believed in terrorism. It's interesting to note that
Akcam became part of DEV-SOL.)
March 9, 1976
Imprisoned for 8 years..
March 12, 1977
Escapes from prison into Germany
Holdwater: Mr. Akcam is predictably plastered
all over Armenian and Armenian-friendly web sites. Here is an excerpt that reveals his way
of thinking (from "Discussing Genocide: Contextualizing the Armenian Experience in
the Ottoman Empire," by Ronald Grigor Suny and Fatma Muge Göçek, from a
genocide conference held at the University of Michigan [a follow-up in the series from the
article below, and one that I refer to in the "End-of-2005
ADDENDUM," also below; by the way, this institution is the one with the
Michigan-Dearborn branch that Dennis Papazian operates out of]... with familiar faces like
Dadrian and Hovannisian, along with plenty of Turkish Turncoats in attendance; Turks in
and out of the "Handy List" below included Leyla Neyzi,
Soner Çagaptay, Fikret Adanir, Baskin Oran):
One of the most outspoken and courageous Turkish historians of the events of 1915, Taner
Akçam, showed how Ottoman archival documents directly contradict the official Turkish
state narrative. He argued that the Young Turks implemented a general resettlement plan
for ethnic and religious minorities in Anatolia between 1913 and 1918 and that a decision
to cleanse Anatolia of non-Muslim elements was made at the beginning of 1914. These plans
applied, not only to Armenians, but also to Arabs, Kurds, Albanians, Bosnians and others,
and were directed at the Turkification of Anatolia, which after the Balkan Wars was
conceived as the heartland of the Turks. Armenians, however, were thought of and treated
differently from other minorities. There were no qualms about killing Armenians, and
Akçam stated that the documents suggest "a genocidal intention on the part of
the ruling party."
Ahhhh, so it wasn't just the Armenians. The other
ethnic groups of the empire were all in line to get kicked out, with the resettlement
program beginning in 1913, before World War I got underway. It is curious that this
program never got implemented in any way, but that's another story. By God, thanks,
Taner Akcam... for "proving" the popular "Pan-Turanism" theory of why
the Armenians got exterminated. See, it wasn't just the Armenians... it was ALL the ethnic
groups. It's just that the Armenians, the favorites of the Ottoman Empire for centuries,
"were thought of and treated differently from other minorities." Of COURSE! It
all makes perfect sense now...
It is curious that even the Armenian God, Henry
"Holier-than-Thou" Morgenthau expressed no sign of this idea of runaway Turkish
nationalism (which prompted their attempt to "exterminate" the Armenians... and
as Mr. Akcam now informs us, was eventually going to affect all the other ethnic groups)
in either his 'Diary' or 'Letters,' although the idea runs rampant throughout the ambassador's phony book.
So Anatolia was thought of as the heartland of
the Turks. I would go along with that one, and I believe Anatolia was considered as the
heartland of the Turks well before the Balkan Wars. But wait a minute, wait a minute.
Akcam's pal, Halil Berktay, says (below) Anatolia was "unknown by
the Turks" in 1915. Boys! Get your notes straight, already..!
Taner Akcam appeared on a Minnesota radio talk
show in May 2005, and his version of events regarding his criminal past was that he
simply published an article about the Kurds in a student newspaper in 1976, and because
Kurds weren't supposed to be mentioned, he got ten years. (Not eight, as reported above.)
After a year, he got tired and decided to escape... he described this so off-handedly, it
sounded like escaping was an option for the having. (ADDENDUM, 3-07:
A release entitled "Dr. Taner Akcam to Give Lecture at Harvard University"
informs us that "he escaped by digging a tunnel with a stove leg.") Once
Akcam arrived in Germany, the interviewer mentioned that Akcam's life had been threatened
to the extent of plastic surgery being suggested, and was I surprised to learn the ones
who did the threatening were not the Turks, but an extremist Kurdish group in Europe. (How
ironic.) Akcam went on with his usual blather about Turkey needing to be a democracy and
in sticking "the G-word" (as he alternately kept calling it) whenever possible.
At one point, he distinguished Ataturk from being genocidal, pointing out that Ataturk
criticized the previous administration for its murderous ways... which I found
interesting, as he usually blames Ataturk for being another genocidal maniac during his
part of the Turkish struggle. I was impressed the interviewer appeared broad-minded
and had done his homework. He read an intelligent rebuttal by the Turkish embassy in
Ottowa after Akcam had departed, something I gave the producers of the program a lot of
An eye-opening analysis of Taner Akcam's questionable scholarly skills
along with his lack of ethics
Handy List of "Turkish Turncoats"
The following are Turks or have Turkish-sounding
but they are usually biased and almost always anti-Turkish; many are of a close knit
circle who know each other and who may have even worked together at some time in
Halil Berktay (Turkey)
Taner Akcam (Germany, USA)
Fikret Adanir (Germany)
Murat Peker (USA)
Fatma Muge Gocek (USA)
Ercin Kursat Ahler (Germany; reportedly, an ethnic Armenian)
[Alternate spelling: Ms. Elcin Kuersat-Ahlers]
Submitted by Bassoy:
Akin Birdal, Writer, Honorary President of the Human Rights
Demir Kücükaydin, Writer, Journalist
Ragip Zarakolu, Publisher, Writer
Recep Marasli Writer
Dogan Akhanli Writer
End of 2005
The first list was copied from
an entry in The Turkish Forum, and the second was submitted by
a reader. There are many other additions that I've personally come across since, but
there are so many of these Turks crawling out of the woodwork, that updating this
list is far from a priority; so do keep in mind that the above is far from
However, as I had written this
page early on with a little more animosity than I possess now, I'm realizing that
I'm unfamiliar with many of these names. So please remember: innocent until proven
guilty. On the advice of one I have faith in, there was a name on this list that I
am now removing: Engin Akarli (USA). I have seen further evidence he is
genuinely approaching this matter as a man of conscience. (When he refers to this
myth in writing, for example, he has been known to put the word genocide in
quotation marks, a big point in his favor.) I don't understand why he has permitted
himself to be a part of genocide club conferences, or to be used on a TV program whose intentions
were obvious. However, he deserves the benefit of a doubt, as does most everyone
else on the list.
A further elaboration: It's
possible, because Turks have a tendency to be gullible and a desire to be fair, that
when there are workshops presented by the genocide industry, the Turks can think
everything must be on the level and they are attending a scientific conference. For
example: "young Turkish scholar" Soner Cagaptay [Çagaptay] from
Yale University, and Leyla Neyzi (anthropology, Sabanci University), two
names that are not on the list above, attended one of those Suny-Gocek shindigs
in March 7-10 of the early 2000s. So I'd like to give them the benefit of a doubt,
not knowing anything more about them, in that they may be naive idealists. On the
other hand, in order to attend a conference provided by the genocide industry, one
must already need to have agreed to the genocide.
The genocide industry is
frightened to invite anyone with different views, because once they get into genuine
history, their genocide scam would run the risk of exposure. At this writing, the
genocide industry's tentacles have extended as far as Turkey, and one of these
conferences (with Fatma Muge Gocek at the helm) was held in Turkey by excluding the
"denialists" as both participants and audience
members. (A few of the latter slipped in, regardless.) There was a
contra-conference organized soon afterward, and all the participants from the
genocide conference were allowed to attend, demonstrating the "denialists"
did not have anything to hide. Fikret Adanir [also present in the Suny-Gocek affair]
was one of the few who braved the waters, and after a while reportedly couldn't say
much in the face of solid, concrete historical facts. Halil Berktay declined to
Therefore: if attendance is
closed to anyone with "denialist" views in conferences presented by the
genocide club, were Cagaptay and Neyzi that naive? Especially when this particular
March workshop had the hands, in organization and participation, of two Armenian
Genocide "hotbed" universities, those of Michigan and Minnesota? One look
at the other participants was telling enough: aside from Suny (who is not as extreme
as many of his fellow Armenian professors) and Gocek, we're talking Vahakn
Dadrian. Richard G. Hovannisian. Taner Akcam. Isn't it obvious what kind of a
conference this was? And on top of it all, the conference was partly subsidized by
the Manoogian Simone Foundation and Dadrian's Zoryan Institute.
If Cagaptay and Neyzi thought
what they were attending was academic in nature, instead of the propagandistic farce
that it was, am I not kind by giving them the benefit of a doubt? There simply is no
end now to these opportunistic Turks, trying to make names for themselves, from the
profitable genocide industry. Unfortunately, they are doing so by dragging their
nation through the mud.
...The perverse fantasizers that
(the Armenians) are, they go on with their delusions, occasionaly encouraged
by the likes of Halil Berktay and Taner Akcam. It's incredible that they do
not see the total irrationality of this idee fixe of theirs. They pay off
Akcam. They pay politicians here and in France to pass useless
"resolutions." They then point to the utterings of these bought-
politicians as proof that their claims are true. Incredible, simply
incredible! Is this not tantamount to the delusion of the odious macho-man
who brags about his prowess with women? Then, as proof of this prowess, he
offers the testimony of his well-paid hooker.
The Armenian fanatics are on a fool's errand. It boggles the mind that a
people known for their savvy business acumen could be so out of touch with
reality. But that's their problem. They will achieve their obscene and
invidious goals, as soon as the first snow of the season hits Hell!
|Turkish Scholars Acknowledge the Genocide
Azg/Mirror On-Line 03-22-2000
By Daphne Abeel
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - In 1998, Prof. Ronald Grigor Suny, professor of political science at
the University of Chicago, traveled to Koc University in Istanbul to lecture on the
Armenian Genocide. That trip and the ensuing contact with Turkish scholars was the genesis
of a three-day workshop this past weekend (March 17-19), held at Wilder House, University
of Michigan. "What was so extraordinary and unexpected," said Suny, in an
interview following the workshop, "was that within just a few minutes into the first
panel, there was a discussion on the highest level, free of political bias. This is what
we had sought - the creation of a community of scholars who could talk openly about these
issues. The Turkish participants, except for
one, used the word 'genocide' repeatedly."
Titled "Armenians and the End of the Ottoman
Empire," it brought Armenian and Turkish scholars together for the first time to
engage in an open discussion of how Armenians contributed, adjusted, and, ultimately, felt
victim to the transformation from Ottoman Empire to the modern Turkish republic.
Said Suny, "My trip to Istanbul had excited me
about the possibilities of engaging with Turkish scholars." With the assistance of
his academic colleagues at the University of Michigan, Kevork B. Bardakjian, Fatma Muge
Gocek, Stephanie Platz, and Kenneth Church, a broad invitation was issued to
scholars in the Armenian and Turkish communities to come together. "We got a good
response, even from Turkish scholars in Turkey, although there were some from the Armenian
community who did not feel ready for this type of discussion," said Suny.
The workshops attracted participants from Istanbul,
Germany, New York City, California, Minnesota, Boston, and Princeton, N.J.
Suny, in his opening remarks, praised the
participants' courage, saying, "This is a small, humble and historic meeting. It is
the first time scholars of different nationalities, including Armenia and Turkey, have
gathered to present papers and discuss, in a scholarly fashion, the fate of the peoples of
the Ottoman Empire as that state declined and disintegrated."
While the workshops touched on the fates of Jews,
Circassians, Arabs and Greeks, Suny said, "The principal focus was on the people and
events that have been elided- the massacre and deportations of Armenians by the Ottoman
Empire, which constituted the first genocide of the 20th century."
Suny singled out several speakers for comment. Among
them was Dr. Gerard J. Libaridian, an
historian based in Boston, who served as senior advisor to the former president of
Armenia, Lebon Ter-Petrossian. Libaridian participated on a panel titled "The Young
Turks and the Armenians." and opened his remarks with the reading of a poem,
"The Crossroads" by Eghishe
Charents. Using the poem as a touchstone for his talk, he said, "It is important not
only what happened, but what we make of what happened. Why do some people like the problem
and not the solution? We share a common past that has been hijacked by the
Suny also reported on the comments of several Turkish
scholars. Salim Deringil from Bosphorus University in Istanbul said, "This was the
most difficult paper I've written in my life. Venturing into the Armenian crisis is like
wandering into a mine field." Suny praised Deringil for producing "wonderful
documents relative to the situation of Armenians and Turks in the Ottoman Empire."
Engin Akarli of Brown University called for "a dialogue with the
documents and the need to move away from universally normalized concepts like the
Halil Berktay of Sabanci University in Istanbul
presented a paper in which he explored "the stereotypes of others presented in
Turkish literature during the World War I period."
Borrowing a term from another Turkish scholar, Taner
Akcam, Berktay spoke of "a collapse panic" in the Ottoman Empire and said,
"Today, there are illusions about Turkish Armenia. It looks as though Anatolia is
normal territory for the Turks. But in 1915, Anatolia was unknown by the Turks, a backward
place. The Turks had to reoccupy it after World War I."
Suny reserved special mention for Akcam, who is
affiliated with Stiftung zu Forderung von Wissenschaft und Kultur in Hamburg. Akcam, a
radical student leader who opposed the Turkish military regime and escaped from a prison
in Ankara was "the first important Turkish scholar to study the Armenian Genocide and
to use the word 'genocide'," said Suny. During his presentation, Akcam used Turkish
documents to pinpoint the actual decision
to carry out the deportations early in March 1915, after the defeat of the Turkish army on
the Caucasian front.
To his Turkish colleagues, Akcam said, "I am so
happy to be here. I don't feel so alone now."
Encouraged by the content and participation in this
workshop, Suny said that plans for additional workshops and discussion were in the making.
"We should go on and invite others to join us. It is so important that we not think
of ourselves as Armenian or Turkish historians, but as scholars who are coming together
for a mutual discussion."
The tentative title for the next workshop is
"World War I and the Ottoman Empire: Imperial Dissolution in a Transnational
"Several universities have expressed interest. I
have high hopes that this dialogue will continue," said Suny.
said, 'I am so happy to be here. I don't feel so alone now.' " Yep, makes sense, Mr.
Akcam. Birds of a feather stick together. Unfortunately, the feather in question has less
to do with being Turkish and more to do with being Armenians in Turkish clothing.
Seems like all the
"Turkish" participants are from the handy-dandy Turkish Turncoat list, above. It's too bad this was not a true forum, where legitimate scholars
got together... like the one Levon Marashlian
attended: those with differing views. I see none of the REAL Turkish scholars from
that particular conference participating in this one. No, all of the ones here had to
"have passed a test before they are allowed into the club," as
Professor Justin McCarthy put it; I'm sure none of the real scholars were even asked.
as long as the end result is that the unwary could see these participants as "Turkish
scholars." Exactly like this particular news account puts it: "Turkish
Scholars Acknowledge the Genocide."
Prof. Suny is reported to have been behind "a broad
invitation ... issued to scholars in the Armenian and Turkish communities to come
together." Suny comments, "...There were some from the Armenian community who
did not feel ready for this type of discussion," making it seem like this meeting
would have been too impartial for Armenians to feel comfortable, since we know Armenians
can't genuinely contest the actual facts. Then Suny is quoted as saying, "The
principal focus was on... the massacre and deportations of Armenians by the Ottoman
Empire, which constituted the first genocide of the 20th century." So the
"genocide" is already accepted as a fact. What a stupid charade. And how
disingenuous of Prof. Suny to make it sound like Armenians would be uncomfortable. The
whole business sounds tailor-made for the Armenians.
And why not? Professor Suny happens
to be, according to his page at the University of Chicago web site, a member of the
Armenian Assembly Committee for the Holocaust Museum and The Zoryan Institute, both
extremely partisan Armenian "genocide" associations, and the Genocide Project
Oversight Committee, which sounds like another Armenian hang-out. He is on the editorial
board of the Journal of the Society for Armenian Studies, The Armenian Review, Journal of
Armenian Studies, Armenian Forum, a contributing editor for Armenian International
Magazine, and part of the Society for Armenian Studies since 1978 (serving as chairman a
couple of years). He worked as the "Alex Manoogian Professor" in the University
of Modern Armenian History from 1981 to 1994. (Unsurprisingly, Suny also happens to be an
By the way, that's the Alex Manoogian
behind the financing of most of the PBS
Armenian programs. The late auto-parts Detroit businessman who saw his company
mushroom to annual sales of $3 billion emigrated from Turkey in 1920, and later was joined
by his parents, his brothers Charles and George, and sisters Margaret and Aghavni. Sounds
like the whole family joined, and... hey. Weren't the Armenians supposed to have been
"annihilated" in the Ottoman Empire?
Get a load of this paragraph, on
Borrowing a term from another Turkish scholar, Taner Akcam, Berktay spoke of
"a collapse panic" in the Ottoman Empire and said, "Today, there are
illusions about Turkish Armenia. It looks as though Anatolia is normal territory for the
Turks. But in 1915, Anatolia was unknown by the Turks, a backward place. The Turks had to
reoccupy it after World War I."
"Turkish Armenia"? Is Halil
Berktay so much in bed with the Armenians that he even agrees with them to the extent of
surrendering his own national soil to the Armenians? Wow.
"Anatolia was unknown to the
Turks" in 1915. Anatolia is the heartland of Turkey, and was the heartland during the
Ottoman Empire..! If Turks weren't living in Anatolia, where were they living?
Is Halil Berktay out of his mind?
WHO IS THIS HALIL BERKTAY?
I'd like to say I consider
myself a progressive-type person, although I don't like simplistic labels like
"liberal" and "conservative." I'm aware there are wackos on both
ends of the spectrum... there are right wing nuts, and there are left wing nuts. It
appears Taner Akcam and Halil Berktay comfortably fit in the latter group.
In an insightful
report from The Wall Street Journal Europe,
"Turkey's Triumph," the
author gives reasons why the left isn't too crazy about Turkey. (Of course, hating
Turkey is not the domain of strictly the left; the religious right in America won't easily be caught praising
"Moslem" Turkey, and there is no shortage of "ethnic politics"-
playing Republicans who like to kick Turkey around. Two examples on this site are
provided by Gov. George Pataki, and Rep. James Rogan.) The Wall Street
Journal author states that even though Turkey champions what would normally
be considered "liberal" principles, the left "hates" Turkey
because "Turkey flouts the rules."
Turkey flouts the kind of politically correct
principles the left would like to establish as the norms of international behavior:
Force is never the solution; terrorists and dictators are always to be negotiated
with; groups (not individuals) are bearers of rights; and cultural expression is
always a good thing.
Perhaps there is truth there;
it explains one reason why PKK leader Ocalan has been blindly cradled by those who
unthinkingly accepted the terrorist as a representative of the Kurds. The Kurds are normally seen as oppressed, and human rights groups are traditionally
composed from the ranks of "liberal" people. In their hopes for doing
good, these people can have a tendency to reduce issues to black and white... which
is something "uncompassionate" conservatives are especially good
at. (And Turcophobes have a special talent of reducing Turkey to bad guy
status, when they break issues down to black and white.)
It makes sense, then, to
understand why Turncoat Turks like Taner Akcam and Halil Berktay (and a lot of the
others from a similar generation and mindset) can work so fervently for anti-Turkish
causes. They're from that old ultra-left wing school... and everything Turkey does
is something slightly less than pure evil.
However, because they seem to
hate Turkey, does it give them the right to unscrupulously bend the facts and
HALIL BERKTAY: WANTED!
Halil Berktay was such a leftist
extremist, he was apparently regarded as a Marxist-Leninist
"terrorist" back in those politically volatile 1970s days of Turkey.
He appeared in a "WANTED" poster. These posters were not as we have
them in the USA, like the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" sometimes
encountered in post offices... the Turkish government evidently distributed
them to police stations and newspapers (not the general public) for reasons of
crime prevention and/or tips leading to their apprehension. The Turkish
headline translates as: "Leaders and militants of the secret
organization called The Party Of Revolutionary Laborers and Peasants of
Mr. Berktay's "mug shot" is
second from left, top row; bottom row's second from left features Mehmet
Umit Necef, another "left-wing nut" from the 1970s who was
involved in the infamous "trunk murder" (Sandik Cimayeti)
where a buddy (or two?) was found by the Istanbul police, chopped up in a
trunk. After a long disappearance, he resurfaced in Denmark, after having
reinvented himself as a sociologist, like bird-of-a-feather, Taner Akcam. He
may currently be working at Syddansk Universitet, and was defended by the
director of the Danish Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Professor
Uffe Ostergaard, after Turkish authorities may have attempted to extradite
him. "Turkish authorities have tried to intimidate him to stop his
involvement in the debate on the Armenian genocide," the professor is
reported as having said (in the Danish weekly "Weekendavisen," THE
"SO-CALLED" GENOCIDE, Klaus Wivel, Nov. 2001),
further adding: "(The Turks) have filed so many objections that I've had
to say that we have an obligation, in the name of freedom of research, also to
explore the Armenian genocide, though we actually don't have any expertise on
this in Denmark." At least the good professor was honest enough to admit
his ignorance on the topic. (The hypocritical Danish center has "Professional
Markusen on its payroll.)
Mr. Wivel's mostly biased article tells
us Necef wrote an article for Weekendavisen, about the Armenian
"genocide," responded to by the Turkish Embassy's Cemal Erbay,
ending with accusations directed toward Necef: "And as we get to you, Mr.
Necef, we encounter a person who has achieved residency in Denmark by dragging
Turkey through the mud. How, then, can you claim to step into the role of
honest broker? First you ought to take a look at your own checkered past and
vindicate yourself. Relieve your conscience. Only then can you lecture about
Thank goodness for the Armenian
"Genocide"... how else would these antiquated ex-communists like
Akcam, Berktay and Necef have validated the recent chapter of their lives?
What a great "excuse" for these motherland-despising turncoats to
keep "dragging Turkey through the mud."
Below is an article that may
shed light on not only where a man like Halil Berktay is coming from, but also his
"The Weak Reed- East European Intellectuals at
the Turn of the Century" was a study of the intelligentsia in crisis. Two of the
panelists, Gyory Csepli of the Institute on Ethnic and Minority Studies, Budapest, and
Halil Berktay, of the University of Bosphorus, Istanbul, used the event as an opportunity
to pour out all of the disappointments and frustrations with trying to change society. At
the age of fifty or so, both of these sad gentlemen announced their retirement from
(The Gyory Csepli part has been edited out.)
Berktay spoke for twice his allocated length of time,
and probably would have spoken even further if the chairperson hadn't kept making a T with
her fingers, as in your time is up. He gave a litany about the mess that the Turkish left
created in the 1960s. Sectarianism and dogmatism dominated the scene. Boy, aren't we lucky
that this was only a problem in Turkey. In the universities, different departments were
the rival turfs of pro-Soviet parties or Maoist parties, etc. Everybody had the goal of
destroying everybody else. Sometimes this literally meant murdering your opponent.
In the mid 1980s, there was the possibility of forming a unified socialist party, but each
faction refused to subordinate its own narrow interests to the good of the broader
movement. The movement then imploded. Today the Turkish left consists mostly of people who
want to turn the clock back to the 1960s dogmatism in the hopes that this time they can
get it straight. This thinking is embodied in Jim Hillier's crossposts from the Turkish
Maoist movement. It is also reflected in the Trotskyite manifestos which we still get from
time to time on the Spoons lists. Nothing changes for these comrades.
Berktay is upset because he has just turned 50 and his life on the left has produced
little of lasting value. He has spent time in prison for his beliefs. He also has had to
struggle for academic positions. He is through with politics, however. He wants to spend
the last 20 years or so of his life sitting by the side of the rose tending to his garden.
In the discussion period, I told him that there was a new Turkish left as embodied in the
Workers Educations Centers and the interest that comrades like Zeynep (I didn't mention
her by name) have in a non-sectarian and non-dogmatic Marxism.
He belittled the Workers Educations Centers. They are only 1% of the Turkish left and are
stuck in a neo-Althusserian mode of re-reading Capital and other fundamental works. He
then continued in this vein for what seemed like an eternity. They didn't understand this
and they didn't understand that. His tone of voice was that of a professor correcting an
errant student. This is a no-no with me.
Since I was hung-over and didn't feel like being lectured to, I got up from my chair and
headed toward the door. The chairperson reprimanded me for being rude. Although I didn't
plan on justifying my retreat, I simply said that I don't enjoy being lectured to in such
a patronizing fashion. I also said that Berktay sure still seems to have plenty of things
to tell the Turkish left even though he has announced his retirement from politics. I only
hoped that he would learn to adopt a less authoritarian style if he changes his mind and
decides to give young activists the benefit of his wisdom. His current style reminds me
too much of the style of the 1960s, which he found so self-defeating. With those words I
Some Turks Opine on Halil Berktay
Subject: MESSAGES FROM PROF. JUSTIN McCARTHY
AND PROF. OZAY
Yes, Prof. McCarthy and Prof. Ozay are right in what they say with regards to
freedom of speech which must also apply to eccentric and sometimes idiotic
Professors. Is there a rule which say that there are no idiots among Professors?
I can only recall Prof. Eisenk of the 60s, who thought blacks, asiatics and women
with big breasts are less intelligent. He also claimed that whites are a superior
race - and all that at a time of South-African apartheid, Vietnam and so on.
Of course no University fired him, BUT, the students of the 60s took the shit out of
him. I remember in one of his lectures in the LSE, he had to run for cover under a
tomato and bad eggs attack. Yes, it is up to the students to punish or reward such
shitty Professors (Sorry Justin, sorry Mehmet, please no offence). where are the
students of the 60s? Where are the students of today?
Note: I like both Prof. McCarthy and Prof. Ozay, both of whose lectures (symposium)
I attended in Vienna, and I mean no offence with my references to some eccentric
Subject: RE: BERKTAY AND FRIENDS' ARMENIAN CAMPAIGN
Re- Prof. McCarthy's comments on Prof. Halil Berktay, I agree with him to the extent
that academic freedom is something to be cherished and preserved regardless of
whether we agree with the opinions of the academician. However, if an academician
receives his research funding from a particular source and he/she defends the theses
or views of that source in a controversial context, then his/her findings are
tainted, and the incestuous relationship between the researcher and his/her
financial supporter should at least be exposed. Third parties can then judge for
themselves the credibility of the opinions expressed by the researcher. American
universities - at least the reputable ones - have set up guidelines or ethical
standards to ensure that opinions or conclusions derived from research funded by
outside sources are not in any way affected by the grantor of funding. If a
quid-pro-quo relationship is found or detected, the research is terminated and the
staff involved reprimanded, and in extreme cases, expelled. Why can't the Sabanci
University adopt a similar standard in the case of Halil Berktay? Academic freedom
must go hand-in-hand with academic integrity.
Ferruh Demirmen, Ph.D.
Holdwater: Speaking of the
ethical standards at American universities... I wonder if anyone at UCLA has
examined the Armenian Educational Foundation (AEF)-sponsored Chair in Modern
Armenian History that Richard
Hovannisian has held at the University of California, since it was endowed in
Academia vs Halil Berktay
We have read multiple responses to Mr. H. Berktay's statements. Professor McCarthy
and our associate Kufi Seydali's concerns are well founded with respect to freedom
of expression and speech, which may well have been somewhat neglected recently when
some academicians expressed concerns about war.
Expressing concerns about war or questioning the uncovered aspects of politics are
indeed freedoms prevalent in free societies. However, when it comes to academia
where formal knowledge dissemination takes place, those who participate in the very
process, academicians must invariably base their teaching on truth and available
facts. And when an academician speculates or telltales about a past event without
substantial evidence, it is not only unethical but he also seriously threatens the
respectability of the institution where he teaches.
In other words, allowing an academician to speculate may well challenge the
opposing, in this case well founded historical facts. Mr. Berktay's attitude
certainly is in the responsibility jurisdiction of Sabanci University.
Furthermore, substantial evidence disseminated in this Forum has more than proved
the political content of the 'Genocide' rumination. Thus Mr.Berktay would be much
better off by joining the Fallwell-Pataki Club for furthering his unsatiable agenda
of personal gains.
Turkish Forum Advisory Board October 25, 2002
Gülseren Yalter, who was a close relative of Dr. Şakir.... kindly gave
us the copies of interviews given by Professor Halil Bertkay to Neş’e Düzel
of the daily Radikal and Şahin Alpay of the daily Milliyet, on October
29, 2000 and October 20, 2000, respectively. During these interviews Professor
Dr. Halil Berktay stated as follows: ”In 1915, Bahaddin Şakir, who was
a member of the Secret Organization, coordinated some special death squads,
made up of prisoners who narrowly escaped death sentences to organize the
massacre of 600.000 Armenians. Those people were similar to Yeşil, Çatlı
and the Hizbullah of our day. These are the clear facts. In the past, Bahaddin
Şakir was what Yeşil is today”. I explained to Mrs. Yalter my
long-standing interest in the subject, and about my undergoing research based
on local and foreign sources. In the meantime, the Turkish press was
criticizing the interviews given by Berktay in Paris, regarding the Law for
the Alleged Armenian Genocide that was under discussion in the French
Parliament. Particularly, there was one interview by Berktay, published on
November 9, 2000 in L’Express; the interviewer asked him if he had any proof
to the fact that the genocide was organized by ‘the Secret Organization’
(Teşkilat-ı Mahsusa) of the Union and Progress Party, Berktay
replied: ”Of course, this task was given to the Secret Organization
(Teşkilat-ı Mahsusa) to be carried out. There cannot be any written
document supporting such a task. However there are some indications verifying
that such an order exists”. This interview given by a historian without any
concrete proof was met with great resentment in the Turkish press. 
Furthermore, former Ambassador Şükrü Elekdağ, who is very well
informed on the subject, gave the following statement to a newspaper, under
the heading: ”Dr. Halil Berktay’s suggestions regarding the Alleged
Armenian Genocide does not reflect the truth nor the impartial demand for
proof expected of a man of science, there is no planned genocide”. Former
Ambassador Elekdağ continued his argument as follows:
“The allegation by Berktay that the relocation ordered by Union and Progress
resulted in a genocide committed by the Secret Service (Teşkilat-I
Mahsusa) is nothing more than a repetition of those claims long supported by
However, the Armenians have not been able to bring forth any kind of proof
with regard to this allegation. Therefore, what Berktay claims is a charge
with no concrete evidence what so ever.
The Secret Service (forerunner of today’s national Intelligence Agency) was
charged with the task of enlisting the assistance of Russian, Egyptian and
Indian Moslems to the Ottoman State in the event of a war.” 
We shall try to give some insight on this subject, which we have tried to
summarize, in line with the knowledge derived through local and foreign
sources of information under the heading of ”The Assassination of Dr.
Bahaddin Şakir in Berlin, and the Relocation of the Armenians”.
Prof. Arslan Terzioğlu, excerpted from THE ASSASSINATION OF DR. BAHADDIN SAKIR IN
BERLIN AND THE ARMENIAN RELOCATION IN LINE WITH NATIONAL AND FOREIGN SOURCES
are some indications verifying that such an order exists.”
If one should see
Halil Berktay lovingly patting the head of a child in public, I guess there would
also be some indications, in certain warped minds, verifying that Halil Berktay
could be a pedophile... but to accuse Berktay of pedophilia on the basis of such
flimsy "evidence" would be incredibly irresponsible, disgustingly ugly,
and even morally and legally criminal. (Such a repulsive charge, by the way, is what
some of Mr. Berktay's beloved Armenians and Greeks enjoy accusing Atatürk of.) A moral and responsible individual
must be very, very careful of making mindless charges, because mud sticks. Mr.
Berktay sure doesn't give the concept of honorable professorship a good name.
In an Armenian article entitled "Genocide not the only crime
against Armenians, Armenian official says" (Oct. 11, 2005), Member of
the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (A.R.F.) and the National Assembly of
Armenia, Vahan Hovhannisian, "hailed Turkish historian Halil Berktay's
position that 1915 events should be qualified clearly as genocide."
"(Berktay's) speech would be rather useful for those Armenian politicians
who repeat the Turkish official position that the Armenian Genocide was a
result of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation's activities."
A.R.F. leader and first Prime Minister of Armenia: "The proof is, however — and this is essential
— that the struggle begun decades ago against the Turkish government brought
about the deportation or extermination of the Armenian people in Turkey and
the desolation of Turkish Armenia. This was the terrible fact!"
(Hovhannisian also declared: "Turkey has committed another crime against
Armenians when in 1919, it unleashed a war
against the independent Republic of Armenia." Katchaznouni: "The Armenian-Turkish war which
broke our back began in the Fall of 1920... there remains an irrefutable fact.
That we had not done all that was necessary for us to have done to evade war.
We ought to have used peaceful language with the Turks whether we succeeded or
not, and we did not do it... We were not afraid of war because we thought we
would win.... When the skirmishes had started the Turks proposed that we meet
and confer. We did not do so and defied them.")
At least Vahan Hovhannisian is a loyal Dashnak; in the proud tradition of his
terrorist organization, he has no compunction about lying, even though his
first prime minister is on record contradicting everything he is claiming.
should be equally proud of being associated with this crowd, and for enhancing
their painful propaganda.
Related: More details on how the Turkish Ex-Ambassador to
the United States set Halil Berktay
straight on Berktay's distortion of the facts.
One point to keep in mind is
that we don't know what propels these Turks to add fuel to the fire which roasts
their nation from all corners; at least one of them is at least partly sponsored by the Armenians, and many
appear to have a politically-inspired anti-Turkish mindset. However, let's not
forget career opportunists exist in every field, and coming across as contrary...
particularly in such an explosive arena as the Armenian "Genocide"... can
work wonders in making a name for oneself. Would we be talking about the likes of
Taner Akcam and Halil Berktay if they didn't choose to hang their bed sheets out the
window with the little drop of blood, after first going to bed with the Armenians?
I was just about to wind this
page up, until I came across the news that in 1999 some Turk living in Germany
claimed that he got the signatures of 10,000 other "Turks" recognizing the
TURKISH INTELLECTUALS SAY TURKEY MUST RECOGNIZE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
At commemoration ceremonies in Yerevan and Los Angeles, Turkish intellectuals
called on Ankara to recognize Turkey's responsibility for the Armenian
Genocide. In Yerevan a delegation of Turkish intellectuals presented
signatures from 10,000 Turks collected by a Frankfurt-based group called The
Union Against Genocide. Ali Ertem, who headed the visiting delegation, read
the letter accompanying the collected signatures. It said, "We have come
to apologize to you and stretch out our hand of reconciliation." The
letter added, "Only recognition and confession can prevent the repetition
of such tragedies in the future." A similar gesture took place during
a professor and author who resides in Germany, told a Los Angeles rally that
his message was not for Armenians but for Turkey. He said, "I am
convinced that if Turkey does not address this issue it cannot become a
democracy." Akcam was in Los Angeles in conjunction with a new
documentary about the Armenian Genocide called, "The Wall of
Silence." Meanwhile, Turkey protested the convening of a conference on
the Armenian Genocide on April 29 and 30 at the European Parliament building
in Brussels. The two day meeting is sponsored by a Belgian-Armenian group and
is characterized as the first step in the new century to more effectively
defend the reality of the Armenian Genocide.
[Sources: AFP 4-25, SNARK 4-24, Milliyet 4-16, LA Times 4-25] The year: 1999
Hmmm. I see our shameless
friend Taner Akcamian is at work, continuing his good work for the Armenians. The
above is from an Armenian source, and you just know any Turks believing in the
Armenian "Genocide" must be classified as "intellectuals."
People with respect for genuine history might prefer referring to them by another
"I" word... "ignoramuses." (Of course, those Turks who speak for
the falsified genocide for other reasons can be called other words, and they don't
have to begin with "I.")
The organizer of this effort,
which must have fizzled out since it's already a few years old, is a fellow by the
name of Ali Ertem, identified as a journalist in Germany. When I searched for more
on Mr. Ertem, I came across the editorial below.
Professor Ozan lends his
thoughts on Turkish Turncoats... of all stripes, and not simply the
YOU DEFINE BETRAYAL?
WHY MEHMET ALI BIRAND IS ACCUSED OF IT, AND WHY I BELIEVE HIS
Mahmut Esat Ozan
Generally speaking, it is rather hard to define the act of betrayal, and very hard to
understand why a person commits it. After all, betrayal is another way of saying treason.
And everyone knows that treason is simply aiding and abetting the enemy. To go against the
precepts of national sanctity and pronounce hurtful statements should not be considered
exercising one’s freedom of speech. How can one tell if the pronouncement of some words
are tantamount to a betrayal? As it is in the case of one of the members of the US Supreme
Court, who was asked once, how he could define ‘pornography.’ He said : “I cannot
define it, but I’ll know it when I see it..”
It is unfortunate that we have come to this. But we might as well tackle the sad case of
Mehmet Ali Birand now, and make it an example not to be repeated by others in the future.
For those who are not aware of the troubles of this well-known journalist, the
presentation of a thumbnail sketch of events is in order . As a journalist, Mehmet Ali
Birand comes from a decent family. He went to the best schools, became a radio and TV
Personality. He writes regularly for the largest publication of Turkey, the Istanbul daily
‘Hurriyet.’ His columns are frequently translated into English and are reprinted in
“The Turkish Daily News.” Another newspaper known as ‘Posta Gazetesi’ has been
giving him ample space on its pages for his articles. In fact, it was in this newspaper
that Birand wrote on the 14th of January 2001, his now infamous article which created a
huge propagandistic polemic, whose reverberations are still continuing to date.
Mehmet Ali Birand was speaking about the perennial alleged Genocide issue. He said in
gist and in a paraphrased form, that the Turkish government should relax its attitude
vis-à-vis the genocide issue, and accept the fact that this was already considered a ‘fait
accompli.' He wrote further and said that the whole world had accepted this holocaust as
such, and that it would be difficult to make the nations of the world to change their
beliefs on this issue. He urged Turks, therefore, to apologize forthwith from the
Armenians. He also hazarded an opinion of his own and suggested that the Turkish
authorities produce filmed documentaries of various lengths and distribute them
worldwide,. Another one of his recommendations was to erect several monuments
commemorating the Turkish as well as the Armenian dead, as casualties of the period of
1914-1923. His further proposals would deal with the writing of sufficient amount of
articles and stories in all kinds of publications, to keep these changes alive and viable
for the whole world to see and to learn the ‘truth’ from them.
In the past we were made aware of the existence of some domestic so-called historians, who
wholeheartedly supported the Armenian Genocide. Among them we had heard of the names of
Ahmet Insel, Bulent Peker, Salim Deringil, and of course, the most ‘esteemed’
professor of history from the Sabanci University, Halil Berkay.
From Germany the names of Ercin Kursat Ahler, Ali Ertem, were often mentioned, and the
infamous ‘genocide expert’ Taner Akcam was always at the head of the perfidious gang.
Taner Akcam, himself and some others had escaped from where they were incarcerated and
fled the country . They were serving time for having committed crimes against their own
country. The United States of America is no exception in this regard. Here among us we
have also a few of these deviates, living and ruining the good name of Turkey and Turks
every time they have a chance. Among these expatriates we see another name Peker, this
time a Murat Peker, perhaps a dear relative of the other Turcophobe Bulent Peker. He is
followed by a Fatma Muge Gocek, Engin Akarli, Koray Caliskan, Dilek Kurban, Yunus Tuncel
are the most prominent turncoats.
They, of course, have one thing in common among themselves. They are all traitors, and
betrayers of anything and everything sacred for Turkey and Turks. Unfortunately, they were
all born in the bosom of the Turkish Republic, from different ethnic spectrum, and foreign
and alien ideologies. Nevertheless, they all had a mother and a father, and kin and
friends. Supposedly, they went to the same type of Turkish schools, and studied under the
same system of education which always tried to make its young citizens learn to love their
country. A country which succeeds to in achieving this goal ninety-nine out of hundred per
cent of the time. But as everyone knows a single rotten apple can easily spoil the whole
bushel or crate of fruit in them.
In the United States some would argue with you and say that Birand was using his
constitutional right to free speech. What they may be forgetting is that America has a
tradition of democracy and in the USA the usage of constitutional rights go all the way
back to 1776 and earlier. America is surrounded by friendly neighbors, and on top of it is
the only existing super power left on the planet, whereas the fledgling Turkish Republic
is in its infancy compared to the United States and furthermore it is surrounded by deadly
enemies at every corner ready to inflict pain and damage on her.
Even though the citizens of today’s modern Turkish Republic are the indisputable masters
of a reduced territorial land space which they inherited from the Ottoman Empire and
reshaped by the great Kemal Ataturk; they are still vulnerable to all kinds of ruse,
deceit and chicanery their detractors keep handy to be used against them. In this day and
age to rely on the accolades bestowed on Turkey and Turks by writers of the past is not
enough. The fact that the famous French writer Pierre Loti calling once his friends, the
Turks: “the noblest of all nobles,” and then reiterating later on in his book,
entitled Fantome D’Orient” by saying that :“This high nobility is not artificial or
showy, it is the gift of nature,” won’t help anyone.
Our enemies, the Armenians and the Greeks, don’t believe in the Turk’s nobility
anyhow. They wouldn’t even care for it. They want our land . They want reparations from
us. They want to hear the sound of our last breath on earth. They wouldn’t give a wooden
nickel for Pierre Loti’s continuation of his words where he says:…” the Turks’
Orient is the land of dreams and legends. The Turk is the eye, the tongue, the light and
the truth of that magic land.” For our enemies the truth will only be realized when they
could gouge out the Turk’s eyes, cut off his tongue and let his lifeless body rot under
the hot summer sun as the Armenians did to our brethren in the Eastern Anatolia and in the
Caucasus of 1919 where Turks were in majority in the city of Yerevan. They were all
murdered one by one. Armenians also put to knife 40.000 Muslims in one week in the city of
Van. The despicable Armenian General “DRO”, Drastamat Kanayan bragged once that there
was not a single Muslim Turk remaining in the Caucasus. He should know .He was known as
the “butcher” of 2,5 million Turks, Circassians, Tatars and Kurds. The Soviets hated
him and expelled him out of Russia in the early Twenties. He lived and died in exile in
Massachusetts ten years or so ago. His body was taken to Armenia for reburial there with
great fanfare and pomp and circumstance as the greatest hero that country has ever had.
Why? Because he had ethnically cleansed Armenia from the ‘dreaded’ Turks whose country
once treated him and the likes of him as ‘Milleti Sadika’ meaning in its English
translation: “Most trustworthy Citizens.” This ‘butcher of Turks’ name adorns the
walls of museums in the Armenia of Robert Kocharian nowadays.
What is so sad about Mehmet Ali Birand is that he happens to be a fellow GS graduate of
mine. In 1973 at a G./S. Pilav in Beyoglu he was introduced to me by a former classmate
who was the Ambassador to Jordan at the time. Then he seemed to be a nice fellow. But now
that he has sided up with the Armenians and wants to apologize to them and is thinking of
recompensing them with monuments to be built in their honor, I am deeply ashamed. There
are accusations now that he was a leftist, and that he harbored sympathy for the Kurdish
movement in his heart. I would say this, he could keep whatever he has in his heart, but
when he comes out with an unfathomable statement and says that, as Turks, we are the
perpetrators of the vilest and the cruelest of all crimes against humanity, genocide, I am
not on his side, and I could never be again.
END-2005 ADDENDUM: Holdwater has subsequently
come across "genocide" articles by Mehmet Ali Birand, and they sounded fair. We
can all be guilty of writing passionately one moment, only to revise our views the
next. Prof. Ozan can fall into this "passionate" trap himself, as with the
bloated figure of victims, attributed to Dro. (Ozan was not deliberately lying about this;
he noted this claim that has been plastered over the Internet, and must have accepted its
truth because of an emotional need... after constantly being barraged by Turcophobic
slander. I have since written him and told him he was wrong, and he has stopped making
this particular claim.) And there are certainly earlier writings of my own on this site
that I look at and think, "Man! Did I go overboard."
There are many Turks who believe there was a
genocide of the Armenians. Turks who have come to America, not having been exposed to this
topic at home (the idea was to prevent perpetuation of hatred, and to look ahead in
brotherhood), in their gullibility, ignorance and sense of fair play, have easily fallen
prey to relentless Armenian propaganda. These are not "Turncoat Turks." (In
fact, I rarely use that term anymore, as I had written this page when I was more
"emotional." My preferred description is "Opportunistic Turks.")
I'm now aware that the gullible brand of Turk has
gone as far as to include academicians from Turkey. Yes, you would think Turkey's educated
crowd would at least be aware of the dirty politics behind the genocide matter, but these
"intellectuals" can be just as susceptible to swallowing the propaganda as the
layman. (A testament to the universality of humanity, since more than enough professorial
"intellectuals" from the rest of the world have lazily accepted the claims of
Armenian propaganda as well.) That does not mean these Turks do not love their country and
wish the honor of their nation to suffer harm. No, these Turks have simply arrived at a
point where they believe they have discerned the truth.
The so-called "Turncoat Turks" are those
who have studied the issues, and have made a point of solely accepting one side of the
story, no differently than the Armenians... becoming purposeful propagandists. They do
this for personal gain, in terms of career advancement for the most part (such Turks are
the darlings of the biased Western world), or because they have a chip on their shoulder
about their country (i.e., they simply don't like Turkey), or because they have a hidden
ethnicity that command their true loyalties, or a combination of the above. It is
important to make this distinction.
Fatma Muge Gocek: Responsible for the Armenians'
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