Ross Vartian, Executive
Director of the Armenian Assembly of America, was asked on March 22, 2005 by
the Alhurra TV network (broadcast to the Arab world, compliments of the U.S.
State Department): "Armenians claim that the Turks
committed genocide — what proof is there?"
Mr. Vartian needed 90 seconds to provide
an answer. In exactly that time frame, he provided his answer.
In April 2005, I have received reports
that this answer was provided as a hand-out in a Fordham University
"Armenian Genocide" conference featuring Dennis Papazian, Roger
Smith, Annie Saltzman, and moderated by Ani Kalayjian. I understand the panel
was positively gushing over the lobbyist's success. (Dr. Smith reportedly said
with a wide smile, "He did that in ninety seconds"?)
Here was the response that caused such
The U.S. National Archives contain thousands of pages
documenting the premeditated extermination of the Armenian people. The
official records of many other countries corroborate the evidence gathered by
U.S. diplomats, including Ottoman Turkey's WW I friends and foes. At the end
of WW I, a Turkish Military Tribunal was convened. The Prime Minister, the
Minister of War, the Minister of the Navy and the Minister of Education were
declared guilty by unanimous vote of the Tribunal. Adolph Hitler understood
the world's tendency to not act on its moral outrage and to move on when he
said on the eve of his invasion of Poland, "Who, after all, speaks
nowadays of the annihilation of the Armenians." Today a growing list of
nations and intergovernmental bodies has affirmed the facts of the Armenian
Genocide. Additionally, 126 Holocaust and Genocide scholars declared the
Armenian Genocide an incontestable fact, urged all democracies to recognize
this crime and called upon Turkey to do the same. The International Center for
Transitional Justice was asked to study the applicability of the UN Genocide
Convention to this crime against humanity. It found that "the events,
viewed collectively, can thus be said to include all of the elements of the
crime of genocide as defined in the Convention." Pope John Paul, Nobel
Laureates Bishop Desmond Tutu and Elie Weisel, and most recently renowned
Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk, all have affirmed the truth. To enhance its
standing in the international community, to come to terms with its genocidal
legacy, and for the sake of its evolving democracy, Turkey should face the
facts of history."
At long last... PROOF of the Armenians'
Sasso as "Mr. Garbajian" from THE HOT CHICK
(A terrific characterization that was sadly edited out;
CLICK ON PIC to get a taste.)
But... not so fast, Mr. Garbajian!
Let's not forget what genocide scholar Henry Huttenbach
requires: "A genocide cannot be written about in the
absence of factual proof."
There's the magic word... not unlike "intent."
What we need is factual proof. Not hearsay. Not opinions. Just the facts,
I examined exactly where the proof of this statement was, in a
letter to Alhurra.
I came across an Armenian news release (http://www.armeniandiaspora.com/archive/24731.html)
referring to your question for Ross Vartian, Executive Director of the Armenian Assembly
of America: "Armenians claim that the Turks committed genocide — what proof is
The AAA is a lobby group that utilizes propaganda in major fashion. I am concerned that
your organization may not have covered the other side of the coin. This is what usually
happens in the United States, and if there is truth to Irene Marr's analysis of how the Muslim world has reacted to Alhurra, I guess it's
not out of the question for your coverage to have been one-sided.
Many Armenians have tied their ethnic identity into this topic, some rather fanatically,
and have the wealth and obsession to perpetuate it in the far corners of the world. That
includes the Arab world, where many Armenian descendants (who were supposed to have been
"exterminated") still live in the aftermath of their resettlement by the Ottoman
government during WWI.
I am hoping your reporter did research and uncovered genuine historical facts that turns
the best of what the AAA representative threw your way in view of "evidence." If
not, I hope your organization will keep the following in mind, if the topic is covered
The British, along with the Entente Powers, were anxious to dismember the Turkish nation
at the end of the war, via the Sevres Treaty. Yet even the British, when they conducted a
two-plus year investigation (i.e., they held a "Nuremberg," called the Malta
Tribunal), had to throw out all the hogwash that forms the basis for "genocidal
evidence" today... even their own war propaganda. In desperation, they solicited the
aid of their ambassador in Washington, and nothing from the U.S. archives could be used
— nothing! Every single Turk held for trial was released at the end.
There was no systematic plan for extermination of the Armenian people, conducted by the
Ottoman government. This historic event has been politicized. Old prejudices die hard, and
practically nobody in the West likes the Turks (and the same could also be said of most in
the Arab world, since Turkey has been perceived as traitorously joining the West)... so
nobody cares what the Turks have to say. The few Western historians who have learned the
truth have been targeted by fanatics, via physical attacks (one professor's house was
bombed in 1977) to smear campaigns. Objective academicians have learned not to step into
this minefield, and the Armenians are once again enjoying a virtual "monologue."
A Christian scholar, Sam Weems, wrote the rare book uncovering Armenian falsehoods a
couple of years ago ("Armenia -- Secrets of a 'Christian' Terrorist State"),
and the AAA went on full frontal attack. They falsely spread rumors that Weems was a
"convicted felon," trying to kill his reputation. The author died shortly
afterwards, perhaps not helped by the countless hate mail he received, including many
As for Vartian's evidence:
"The U.S. National Archives contain thousands of pages documenting..."
These are all hearsay accounts of missionaries, sympathizing/bigoted foreign consuls and
the Armenians themselves, none acceptable in a court of law. Even the British, Turkey's
worst enemy at the time, agreed.
"At the end of WW I, a Turkish Military Tribunal was convened."
These were kangaroo courts set up under enemy occupation, which nobody would find valid,
any more than courts in Vichy France under Nazi domination would be held legal.
"Adolph Hitler understood the world's tendency to not act on its moral
This certainly does not constitute evidence, it is merely one man's opinion... and an
infamously immoral man, at that. It has not been proven that Hitler uttered this
statement. Even the rare Armenian historian, Robert John (Hovhanes), has supported its
falsification, among others.
"Today a growing list of nations and intergovernmental bodies has affirmed the
facts of the Armenian Genocide. "
These are mostly politicians who have not studied history, anxious to cater to the deep
pockets of their Armenian flock, or who are moved by prejudice/ignorance. As Goebbels
pointed out, repeat a lie often, and it will be believed. Today, the alleged genocide is
mindlessly accepted as the common wisdom.
"Additionally, 126 Holocaust and Genocide scholars declared the Armenian Genocide
an incontestable fact."
Those with an agenda and only present one side of the story can only be called false
scholars. Many of these "genocide" institutions are supported with Armenian
money, and practically none of the "scholars" themselves have a background in
"The International Center for Transitional Justice was asked to study the
applicability of the UN Genocide Convention ..."
The ICTJ is a body of lawyers, not
historians, who relied near-exclusively on the omnipresent Armenian material affirming
this so-called genocide. Their definition of genocide is that only one person needs to be
killed, which can describe any conflict. The 1948 Convention requires "intent"
to be proven (and there is absolutely no evidence in support of that; the Armenians tried
with forged telegrams, debunked today), and exempts groups who were politically allied (in
this case, the betraying Ottoman-Armenians, allied with the Russians and other allies).
"Pope John Paul, Nobel Laureates Bishop Desmond Tutu and Elie Weisel..."
All opinions based on one-sided research of the near-unilaterally presented Armenian
perspective. This is not "evidence."
The sad fact is that the Armenians conducted an ethnic cleansing policy killing more
Turks/Muslims than the other way around. (Most of the Armenians who died did so from
famine and disease, not massacres; although some were massacred by criminals, a few of
whom were punished — some to the extent of death — by the Turks during the war.)
British Col. Stokes estimated 300,000-400,000 Kurds were killed by the Armenians. [ADDENDUM: The colonel's name was Wooley,
not Stokes.] There is much Russian and French officer testimony documenting the
extent of Armenian savagery.
There is a lot to this story, but the important point to bear in mind is there is a
voluminous body of pro-Armenian evidence turning this genocide tale on its ear. Almost all
of the ones who support the genocide have conflicts-of-interest and don't make for
Yours in responsible journalism,