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  A French Newspaper Honestly Looks at Armenians (1895)  
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The following is from the illustrated supplement of Le Petit Journal (Nov. 24, 1895, no. 262, page 375; the circulation was one million a day), a modest newspaper of eight pages.

Gunseli Basar
Turks would go on to
win Miss Europe four
more times, in 1971,
1982, 1984 and 1993.

Ms. Gunseli Basar has been credited with this find; she was the first Turk to win the Miss Europe crown, in 1952.

The front page of this publication featured an engraved picture of  three Ottoman Officers standing near the palace of Sultan Abdulhamid II; the title: THE OTTOMAN ARMY. (See below.)

1. Sadik Bey, infantry colonel, aide-de-camp

2. Riza bey , cavalry commander, aide-de-camp

3. Chefket Bey, Lt. Colonel, Artillery

The back page featured another picture, depicting a scene of a mob massacring others in front of a mosque; the title: "Events of the East - Attack on a Mosque by Armenians."

Perhaps this was the only time in the Western press where Armenians were shown as the massacrers! (And how remarkable the newspaper was from... France.)

Yet this was their whole schtick; the terrorist Dashnaks or Hunchaks would fire the first shot, as usual, in hopes of inciting the Muslims to massacre Armenians; such would in turn provide European imperialists the excuse to intervene. The strategy proved unsuccessful, and the later tactic became to ally themselves with an Ottoman enemy, preferably during war.

Attack on a mosque by Armenians"

The translation into English (from the Turkish) comes courtesy of Sukru Aya, tweaked by Holdwater.

The front cover

Events of the East

Those who expect personal benefits would not hesitate to create a storm within a glass of water, and in particular would exaggerate the incidents in the East.

Treaties authorize many nations of Europe to intervene in Turkish affairs, when the necessity is demonstrated. Those who have good intentions pay great care when using this right. Others who would stand to benefit would take even the smallest incident and exaggerate it, or may even create such an incident to take advantage.

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This is also the cause of why the troubles in Armenia are given more importance than in the past.

Regarding reprisals, the Ottoman consulate in Paris has issued the following note:

“For quite some time, the correspondents of the foreign press are reporting the news concerning the situation in Turkey in the most somber colors; sometimes they are plots, imprisonments, executions which feed the inventive spirit of these correspondents; sometimes they are massacres of Christians of which the proportions vary according to the individual appreciation of each one, and which they claim, that took place.

In the presence of this voluntarily biased campaign, the Paris embassy of the Ottoman Empire finds it necessary to inform the public, in response to all of these sensational rumors. As it is the case in all other countries of the world, some local disturbances which were intended to be related to the general situation of the empire, but could not provide expected new effects in public disorder, have been suppressed The administration will not hesitate to punish those who disturb the public order.

The generous intentions of his highness the Sultan for all his subjects, without distinction of race or religion, are well known all over the world and inspire all administration officials, for the tranquility and progress of the people.

The Turkish government is sufficiently armed to put down the seditions of the Armenians. Our director, M. Marinoni, had the occasion of being assured of all of this personally.

In his voyage to Constantinople, he was received by the Sultan who is extremely open to progress and had a very sincere and warm conversation. Thereafter the Sultan appointed one of his adjutants to show him the military possibilities they possess.

Mr. Marinoni saw in maneuvers these admirable soldiers who at Plevna made a heroic resistance which is immortalized, the marvelously disciplined men and their officers who would follow their Sultan up to death, and which would assure them the eternal happiness, when dying in fight with the enemy.

Our director visited the arsenal of Top-Hane, one of the best in the world, and their production of the most perfect arms, in considerable quantities.

He talked with officers such as you see in the front page for long periods, and was highly impressed of their military education, their knowledge of combat and their love for the army as a soldier.

The situation in Armenia, we repeat, does not present any serious danger; but if the incidents, although it seems impossible, develop for the worse, the Sultan with his wide knowledge and sharp intelligence, will surely triumph.

In other words, there is no need to worry for this little spark, which is being spoken of in Europe for much more that called for; If this is to be left to the authority of the Sultan, he will surely know how to handle the few insurgents.





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...Is to expose the mythological “Armenian genocide,” from the years 1915-16. A wartime tragedy involving the losses of so many has been turned into a politicized story of “exclusive victimhood,” and because of the prevailing prejudice against Turks, along with Turkish indifference, those in the world, particularly in the West, have been quick to accept these terribly defamatory claims involving the worst crime against humanity. Few stop to investigate below the surface that those regarded as the innocent victims, the Armenians, while seeking to establish an independent state, have been the ones to commit systematic ethnic cleansing against those who did not fit into their racial/religious ideal: Muslims, Jews, and even fellow Armenians who had converted to Islam. Criminals as Dro, Antranik, Keri, Armen Garo and Soghoman Tehlirian (the assassin of Talat Pasha, one of the three Young Turk leaders, along with Enver and Jemal) contributed toward the deaths (via massacres, atrocities, and forced deportation) of countless innocents, numbering over half a million. What determines genocide is not the number of casualties or the cruelty of the persecutions, but the intent to destroy a group, the members of which  are guilty of nothing beyond being members of that group. The Armenians suffered their fate of resettlement not for their ethnicity, having co-existed and prospered in the Ottoman Empire for centuries, but because they rebelled against their dying Ottoman nation during WWI (World War I); a rebellion that even their leaders of the period, such as Boghos Nubar and Hovhannes Katchaznouni, have admitted. Yet the hypocritical world rarely bothers to look beneath the surface, not only because of anti-Turkish prejudice, but because of Armenian wealth and intimidation tactics. As a result, these libelous lies, sometimes belonging in the category of “genocide studies,” have become part of the school curricula of many regions. Armenian scholars such as Vahakn Dadrian, Peter Balakian, Richard Hovannisian, Dennis Papazian and Levon Marashlian have been known to dishonestly present only one side of their story, as long as their genocide becomes affirmed. They have enlisted the help of "genocide scholars," such as Roger Smith, Robert Melson, Samantha Power, and Israel Charny… and particularly  those of Turkish extraction, such as Taner Akcam and Fatma Muge Gocek, who justify their alliance with those who actively work to harm the interests of their native country, with the claim that such efforts will help make Turkey more" democratic." On the other side of this coin are genuine scholars who consider all the relevant data, as true scholars have a duty to do, such as Justin McCarthy, Bernard Lewis, Heath Lowry, Erich Feigl and Guenter Lewy. The unscrupulous genocide industry, not having the facts on its side, makes a practice of attacking the messenger instead of the message, vilifying these professors as “deniers” and "agents of the Turkish government." The truth means so little to the pro-genocide believers, some even resort to the forgeries of the Naim-Andonian telegrams or sources  based on false evidence, as Franz Werfel’s The Forty Days of Musa Dagh. Naturally, there is no end to the hearsay "evidence" of the prejudiced pro-Christian people from the period, including missionaries and Near East Relief representatives, Arnold Toynbee, Lord Bryce, Lloyd George, Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, and so many others. When the rare Westerner opted to look at the issues objectively, such as Admirals Mark Bristol and Colby Chester, they were quick to be branded as “Turcophiles” by the propagandists. The sad thing is, even those who don’t consider themselves as bigots are quick to accept the deceptive claims of Armenian propaganda, because deep down people feel the Turks are natural killers and during times when Turks were victims, they do not rate as equal and deserving human beings. This is the main reason why the myth of this genocide has become the common wisdom.