Not only are they inviting the Irish people to desecrate the sacrifice of the brave Catholic men and women of 1916 by writing a politically correct and secular version of the proclamation, they have also decided to celebrate the centenary by removing history as a compulsory subject for the Junior Certificate examinations. Along with Enda Kenny's perverse interpretation of the reason for industrial homes in Ireland, the faux outrage over as yet undiscovered 800 bodies in a silage tank as well as his own use of the word 'nigger' to describe deceased Congo President Joseph Mulumbu, Fine Gael have now decided that the genocide of the Armenian people simply did not happen.
Lawyer Raphael Lemkin defined the word 'genocide' as thus:
Generally speaking, genocide does not necessarily mean the immediate destruction of a nation, except when accomplished by mass killings of all members of a nation. It is intended rather to signify a coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves. The objectives of such a plan would be the disintegration of the political and social institutions, of culture, language, national feelings, religion, and the economic existence of national groups, and the destruction of the personal security, liberty, health, dignity, and even the lives of the individuals belonging to such groups.
A genocide seeks to use as creative a means as possible to destroy a particular ethnic group for political purposes. What happened to the Jews in World War II was genocide. What happened to the Irish during The Great Famine was genocide. And what happened to the Armenians in 1915 at the hands of the Ottoman Empire was genocide.
For anyone unfamiliar with the events in question, the Turks gravely mistreated their Armenian neighbours from the 17th Century without cessation until the 19th Century when international pressure allievated at least some of the draconian measures one would expect of a dominant Islamic Empire. These reforms came to an abrupt end when the beginning of the 20th Century brought new nationalist movements within Turkey, ones that justified slaughtering the Armenians. The years between 1908 and 1912 saw several massacres but it was not until the outbreak of World War I that the Turks felt that they had complete license to savagery against their neighbours. The Turks had planned the genocide a couple of years in advance of 1915, pre-empting that the conflict would be a reasonable excuse for wholesale barbarity. Much the same as the Germans did to the Jews and the White Anglo Saxon Protestant Americans did to the Native Americans, death marches were utilised as individuals were marched to their death for hundreds of miles until they dropped dead. There were concentration camps. Mass rapes. Butcherings of all able bodied men and children.
The evidence is clear and absolute. It was systematic. Deliberate. And as brutal as anything the world has ever seen.
And the Irish government's response? To recognise it merely as the “enormous suffering of the Armenian people during that period''. These words were deliberately picked to avoid offending Turkey. And why would Fine Gael and Labour want to avoid offending Turkey rather than bearing testimony to historical truths? Because history is, like everything else in the political world, a tool to be bent and adapted when it suffices. Otherwise it is irrelevant. Hence, why they do not want children to read about Eoin O'Duffy and the Blueshirts and Fine Gael's fascist beginnings. The same reason why they do not want children to read about the plight of those who lived in Eastern Europe under the practical implications of Labour's Marxism. And God forbid they read that the proclamation of the Irish Republic was founded by those who believe that Christ's sacrifice upon the Cross was the basis for those who wanted to sacrifice themselves for their country's benefit.
|The heads of Armenian professors decapitated during the genocide|
What happened to 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of the Turks was genocide. To call it anything else is a symptom of a sick society that cannot distinguish between a truth and a lie. That cannot tell from right from wrong. And what can we say about that? Nothing really. The truth will prevail, with no help from the cowards like Fine Gael and Labour.
History is the means of providing souls with the truth about the past, real testimonies of real ancestors. Those who seek to suppress it only ever do so because they disdain not only the implications that it can have upon their own beliefs, but also because they disdain truth itself. 1.5 million dead people.