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THE LAST 1000 YEARS OF A NATION & THE PREJUDICES AGAINST THE TURK

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THE LAST 1000 YEARS OF A NATION & THE PREJUDICES AGAINST THE TURKS

We should also mention here a significant factor, playing a determining role in the perception
that Occidentals have of Turks: the influence of powerful Greek and Armenian lobbies.
This lobbying is too often concealed, although it explains to a large extent the persistence
of a negative image of Turks in the West. Greek and Armenian communities, because of
some historic disputes with Turks, often convey a distorted and subjective vision. And their
discourse had always an impact, because of the favorably a priori which Occidental public
opinions nourish in their respect. An important Greek Diaspora in the United States (more
than a million people), active and very influential, quite often plays an important role to such
an extent that it has perturbed on several occasions Turkish American relations. Armenian
communities, as those of France or of the United States, also have a capital of sympathy
in Occidental public opinions. Greeks and Armenians had, and still have, a key role (the
influence of which one often tends to underestimate) in the vision of Occidentals about Turks.

1. "In life, questions outnumber answers. Case in point: If they (The Turks) are bloodthirsty
savages, why did they wait for 600 years to slaughter us?" [Ara Baliozian; Armenian author,
translator, and critic, born in Athens, Greece on December 10, 1936]

2. "The Armenian American community is just like Enron! They have poured millions of
dollars into trying to buy American politicians. (…) The Turk never deigns to explain his
own case while the pro-Armenians always manage to hold the field, appalling the public by
incessant reiteration and exaggeration as to the number of victims, and apparently valuing to
its full extent the wisdom of the old Eastern proverb give a lie twenty-four hours start, and
it will take a hundred years to overtake it". [British writer, C.F. Dixon-Johnson, in his 1916
book, The Armenians]

3. "Would you trust the Ku Klux Klan to provide reliable accounts of black behavior in the
United States?" [Bruce Fein, adjunct scholar and general counsel of ATAA, from "Differences
Are Overwhelming"; commenting on the validity of Henry Morgenthau's racist testimony,
equally applicable to all the many virulent reports from people of the period who clearly
stated Turks were an inferior race.]

4. “Very few have opposed the continued propaganda against the Turks. The lies that were
told during wartime have had half a century and more to incubate. Now they are the accepted
wisdom. Everyone thinks they know what the Turks did. In fact, what they know is what
the British Propaganda Ministry and the missionary propagandists wanted them to believe.”
[Justin McCarthy; American professor and author]

5. "When the Russians and the Turks became enemies at war in 1914, the Armenians sided
with the Russians. As soon as word spread that the Armenians were massacring Moslem
Turks and Kurds and were setting up an Armenian government in Van, the Young Turks
passed a law to disarm and deport them. This turned into the 1915-1916 migrations and
massacres of Armenians, and was followed by counter-massacres of Muslims by Russo-
Armenian forces occupying eastern Turkey in 1917-18." [Eleanor Bisbee, "The New Turks,"
University of Pennsylvania, 1951, p. 49]

6. "The Dashnaks and Hunchaks have terrorized their own countrymen, they have stirred up
the Muslim people with their thefts and insanities, and have paralyzed all efforts made to
carry out reforms; all the events that have taken place in Anatolia are the responsibility of the
crimes committed by the Armenian revolutionary committees." [Williams, The British vice-
consul, writing from Van. (March 4, 1896, British Blue Book, Nr.8, p.108)]

7. ''I do not deny the existence and the active propagandism of Armenian revolutionarists.
I do not even deny that, to some extent, the religious war has been stimulated by Armenian
political agitators.'' [Antranig Azhderian, "The Turk and the Land of Haig, or Turkey and
Armenia - Desciptive, Historical, and Picturesque," The Mershong Company, New York,
1898, p. 364]

8. "The Dashnaks’ aim was by crimes and assassinations to invite Turkish reprisals and
massacres, and thus create an international scandal that would attract the intervention of the
other powers." [David Thompson, "Europe Since Napoleon" (Alfred A. Knopf, 1964, 2nd. Ed.)
]

9. "When I say that the Armenian massacres were caused by the Armenian revolutionists, I
tell the truth, and a very important one, but it is not the whole truth. It would be more correct
to say that the presence of the revolutionists gave occasion and excuse for the massacres.
That the Turks were looking for an excuse, no one can doubt who has traversed that country."
[George Hughes Hepworth, "Through Armenia on Horseback" (NY, 1898, p. 339); and
why would the Turks have suddenly been looking for an excuse, after centuries of peaceful
coexistence? Moreover, if massacre was so decided upon, would the Turks have needed an
excuse? While traveling on horseback, Hepworth no doubt encountered negative opinions on
Armenians from Turks, but by this time, there were years of Armenian violence and massacre
trying the Turks' patience. The inevitable conclusion: if not for the revolutionists, there would
have been no massacres.]

10. "'Do you believe that any massacres would have taken place if no Armenian
revolutionaries had come into the country and incited the Armenian population to rebellion?'
I asked Mr. Graves (The British consul). 'Certainly not,' he replied. 'I do not believe that a
single Armenian would have been killed.'" [Sydney Whitman, "Turkish Memories," London,
1914, p. 74]

11. "The Turks and Armenians got on excellently together... The Russians restricted the
Armenian Church, schools and language; the Turks on the contrary were perfectly tolerant
and liberal as to all such matters. They did not care how the Armenians prayed, taught and
talked... The Armenians were thorough Orientals and appreciated Turkish ideas and habits...
(They) were quite content to live among the Turks... The balance of wealth certainly remained
with the Christians. The Turks treated them with good-humored confidence..." [Sir Charles
Eliot, author, "Turkey in Europe" (London, E. Arnold, 1900); regarding the years preceding
the Turkish-Russian War of 1877-78]

12. "The religious toleration of the Ottoman Government was complete and the state
never in any way interfered with what the Christians did or taught in the schools or the
churches. It was impossible to desire more absolute liberty of worship or teaching." [Gratan
Geary, "Through Asiatic Turkey" (London, M.S. and R. Sampson, 1878)]

13. "Armenian prosperity grew until, by the middle of the 19th century, they became one of
the richest communities of the Ottoman Empire, prominent not only in trade and professions,
but also in the service of state." [Dr. Andrew Mango, March 15, 2001 speech at the Society
for the Promotion of Democratic Principles, in Istanbul]

14. "Armenians are so pleased with their lives that this is impossible." [French Ambassador
in Istanbul, in response to Napoleon Bonaparte's query to induce rebellion among the
Ottoman Empire's Catholic Armenians and take a kind of revenge for the Akka defeat.]

15. "The rights and interests of the Greeks in Turkey could not be better protected by any
other power but the Turks." [M. Politis, foreign minister in the Greek government led by
Prime Minister Venizelos, Revue Politique Internationale, 1914; the more accurate quote was
likely "under no other foreign rule could their (the Greek) interests find a protection equal to
that offered them by the Turks" according to this source.]

16. "We have studied the Turkish peasant — i.e. the mass of the Turkish people — and got
to know him as unconditionally one of the bravest and most moral representatives of the
European peasantry." [Karl Marx. speaking for himself and Engels, "Karl Marx: His Life and
Thought," David McLellan, 1973, pp. 438-439]

17. "The Turks are the most honest and moral of the Orientals." [Elder Tanner, Mormon
missionary, "Who Can be So Polite and Courteous As a Turk," Millenial Star, June 22, 1886]

18. “Courageous in misfortune, uncomplaining under the most awful suffering, good-
humoured in every situation… it is deeply painful to think that the men whom I almost
idealized should lie under the accusation of the atrocities which we must believe have been
committed in 1896. Yet through the black cloud that hangs over the Turkish Empire today
I can still discern the distant stars; for I can look back with honest pride to the high sense of
honour, the dauntless courage, the loyalty and true patriotism of those who were my comrades
in the earlier and brighter days.” [Charles S. Ryan, "Under the Red Crescent," 1897, p. 425]

19. "In the last years of the empire, a French firm offered half a million francs to turn 150.000
street dogs in Istanbul into gloves. The Sultan — very hard pressed for cash — nobly
refused." [Jason Goodwin, "Lords of the Horizons," Henry Holt Co, NY, pgs. 311, 325.]

20. "Turkish Sultan Meliksah's heart is full of affection and goodwill for Christians, he has
treated the sons of Jesus Christ very well, and he has given the Armenian people peace,
affluence and happiness." [Mathias of Edessa, Armenian historian, Chronicles, Nr. 129]

21. "The Armenians of Byzantium have welcomed the Seljuk conquest with lengthy
celebrations in the streets and thanksgiving to God for having rescued them from long years
of Byzantine oppression. Seljuk Turks gave protection to the Armenian Church, which
the Byzantines had been trying to destroy. They abolished the oppressive taxes which the
Byzantines had imposed on the Armenian Churches, monasteries and priests, and in fact
exempted such religious institutions from all taxes. The Armenian community was left free
to conduct its internal affairs in its own way, including religious activities and education,
and there never was any time at which Armenians or other non-Muslims were compelled to
convert to Islam. The Armenian spiritual leaders in fact went to the Seljuk Sultan Melikshah
to thank him for his protection." [Stephanos Taronetsi Asoghik, Armenian historian who
recorded his impressions on the arrival of Seljuk Turks to Anatolia around 1071, probably
from his renowned Universal History.]

22. "How well the Seljuk Turks treated the Armenians is shown by the fact that some
Armenian noble families like the Tashrik family accepted Islam on their own free will and
joined the Turks in fighting Byzantium." [Mathias of Edessa, Armenian historian, probably
in his Chronicles, Nr. 129; after the death of Sultan Kılıç Arslan, the same Armenian
historian also wrote, "Kilic Arslan's death has driven Christians into mourning since he was a
charitable person of high caliber and character."]

23. "Historical questions should be left to historians!" [Mesrob II, Armenian Patriarch, 2001]

24. "The outcry and clamor of Armenians that Turks have been persecuting Armenians are
nothing but lies. The Turkish government has done nothing evil to Armenians. Perhaps
Armenians have planned a revolution taking advantage of the indifference of the government,
have armed bands and sent them to mountains, as for the Turks, perhaps they have been trying
only to pursue them and put down the uprisings." [Austrian Consul in a report submitted to
his government, Nikerled Krayblis, (Eastern Policy of Russia and the question of the Eastern
Provinces), translated by Habil Adem, Istanbul, 1932, p. 178]

25. "The Turks and Armenians lived in peace side by side for centuries; that the Turks
suffered as much as the Armenians at the time of the deportations; that only 20 % of the
Turkish villagers who went to war would be able to return to their homes; that at the start of
World War I and before the Armenians never had anything approaching a majority of the
population in the territories called Armenia; they would not have a majority even if all the
deported Armenians were returned; and the claims that returning Armenians would be in
danger were not justified." [General James G. Harbord, in a report to Congress after touring
through Anatolia during September and October; Kara Schemsi, Turcs et Armeniens devant
l'Histoire, Geneve, Imprimerie Nationale, 1919, p. 31-32. Another excerpt: "...in the territory
untouched by war from which Armenians were deported the ruined villages are undoubtedly
due to Turkish deviltry, but where Armenians advanced and retired with the Russians their
retaliatory cruelties unquestionably rivaled the Turks in their inhumanity."]

26. "The Turks had no deliberate policy of genocide at any stage, only the removal of
Armenians from the front line with Russia, where they were collaborating with the Ottoman
Empire's enemies and were thus a threat to its security." [P. F. Peters, Former Australian
Ambassador to Turkey; The Australian, June 9th, 1994]

27. "The Armenians are the former inhabitants of today's Switzerland." [Ruppen Courian,
Armenian author of Promartyrs de la Civilization (1964, p. 27)]

28. “I was being employed by His Majesty’s Government to compile all available documents
on the present treatment of the Armenians by the Turkish Government in a 'Blue Book,' which
was duly published and distributed as war-propaganda!” [Arnold Joseph Toynbee, "The
Western Question in Greece and Turkey: a Study in the Contact of Civilizations," Boston,
Houghton Mifflin, 1922, p. 50.]

29. "There is a systematic plan of destruction of Turkish villages and extinction of the
Moslem population. This plan is being carried out by Greek and Armenian bands, which
appear to operate under Greek instructions and sometimes even with the assistance of
detachments of regular troops." [Arnold Toynbee, "The Western Question in Greece and
Turkey," p. 284; quoting the commission of the allies for the incidents of Yalova and Gemlik.
This was the "reformed" Toynbee, in his later years. ]

30. "The Ottoman institution came perhaps as near as anything in real life could to realizing
the ideal of Plato’s Republic." [Arnold Toynbee, suddenly pro-Turk British historian ]

31. "About a million families were left without breadwinners, all of them in a condition of
extreme destitution. The Turkish Government paid its soldiers 25 cents a month, and gave
the families a separation allowance of $1.20 a month. As a result thousands were dying from
lack of food and many more were enfeebled by malnutrition; I believe that the empire has
lost a quarter of its Turkish population since the war started." [Henry Morganthau, U.S.
Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, elaborating further upon conditions that affected Turk
and Armenian alike; from his ghostwritten book, Ambassador Morgenthau's Story.]

32. "Few Europeans realized that the Turkish Ottoman Sultan Suleiman was the head of the
most democratic government of their time." [Harold Lamb, American historian and novelist,
noted for his biographies of Genghis Khan, Alexander, and Hannibal.]

33. "The tolerance shown to foreign beliefs and hostile faiths by the Ottoman law and
Ottoman officials which enabled them to establish their own religious institutions and to
shape their own education was such that the thousand year old liberty reigning in France in
the field of sects and beliefs, dating from the times of the ancient Gaul, could not be compared
with it." [Talcot Williams, Turkey, A World Problem of Today, New York, 1922, p. 194]

34. "The Osmanlı (Ottoman) has yet to be heard. (The English have) heard stories ad nauseam
of massacres, of pillages, of the ravishing of women, but none of these stories have been
corroborated by a single European eyewitness." [Captain Charles Boswell Norman, "The
Armenians Unmasked" (1895)]

35. "The Turks, as a nation, are almost ludicrously innocent of the propagandist’s art."
[Arnold Toynbee, "The Western Question in Greece and Turkey: a Study in the Contact of
Civilizations," 1922]

36. "In the absence of unequivocal evidence that the Ottoman administration took a specific
decision to eliminate the Armenians under their control at that time, British governments have
not recognized those events as indications of genocide... Nor do we believe it is the business
of governments of today to review events of over 80 years ago, with a view to pronouncing on
them..." [Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale, Foreign Office spokesperson, on April 14, 1999; the
PA News from London... reporting on yet another Armenian bid to get the British Government
to recognize its "genocide."]

37. "What passed between the Armenians and the Turks was not genocide; it was war. If
any people were the victims of genocide, it was the Crimean Tatars, victims in their own
homeland of a planned extermination begun by Catherine the Great and ended by Joseph
Stalin." [Justin McCarthy, Professor, University of Louisville, "Armenian Terrorism History
as Poison and Antidote."]

38. "I have yet to meet a foreigner living in this part of the world and unbiased by politics,
religion or pecuniary benefits from condemning the Turks, who has not most empathically
stated that of all the races represented in the population of the old Turkish Empire, the Turks
by far are the best people." [E. Alexander Powell, American journalist and author,"The
Struggle for Power in Moslem Asia," 1923]

39. "Their loyalty, their unblemished honesty, their endless hospitality, their religious
tolerance, their moral elegance, and natural tact do give affectionate deposition for the
Turks in front of the tribunal of humanity. (…) To speak about the Armenian race, is for me,
more painful than one would believe, because their unfortunate 'incidents' render me almost
scared." [Pierre Loti, French writer and traveler]

40. "The Turks I saw in Lawrence of Arabia and Midnight Express were (...) like cartoon
caricatures compared to the people I had known and lived among for three of the happiest
years of my life." [Mary Lee Settle, writer and traveler; Turkish Reflections: A Biography Of
A Place (New York, Prentice Hall Press, 1991)]

41. "The Turk is the brother of the Armenian and they know it." [William Saroyan, Antranik
of Armenia, From "Inhale and Exhale," 1935; the "they" refers to forces... likely the great
powers... that beg the question Saroyan goes on to ask: Why do they want them to kill one
another? What good does it do anybody?]

42. “The stories of Turk atrocities circulated among American churches are a mess of lies.”
[Colonel William Haskell, the American Red Cross; returning from a tour of investigation
in the Near East. Source: The Turkish Myth, 1923. Here is what the colonel thought of the
Armenians, according to Dr. Richard Hovannisian.]

43. "The Turk never deigns to explain his own case while the pro-Armenians always manage
to hold the field, appalling the public by incessant reiteration and exaggeration as to the
number of victims, and apparently valuing to its full extent the wisdom of the old Eastern
proverb give a lie twenty-four hours start, and it will take a hundred years to overtake it."
[C.F. Dixon-Johnson, British author of the 1916 book, "The Armenians."]

44. "To curse at Muslims and especially at Turks, to talk much about the Armenian Genocide,
and to remind others constantly of the brutality of the Turks are all regarded as expressions
of patriotism. Among the leaders of the past we consider those who curse Turks and killed
Turks to be the most patriotic. Our most recent heroes are those who assassinated Turkish
diplomats in European cities; this is the dominant mentality." [Rafael Ishkhanian, "The Law
of Excluding the Third Force" in Gerard Libaridian's Armenia at the Crossroads; Democracy
and Nationhood in the Post-Soviet Era, 1991, p. 10. The activist, publicist and "ancient
historian" also claims that Armenians "were the aborigines of the Armenian plateau who
have been living there continuously since the fourth millennium B.C. at the latest."]

45. "Armenians claim that as many as 2 million were massacred, but no counts of the dead
were ever taken, and the actual total can only be inferred. These claims are based on the
supposition that the prewar Armenian population of the Empire was 2.5 million. According
to the Ottoman census of 1914, however, it was at most 1.3 million. Half of these people
lived in the areas affected by the deportation, but it appears that about 400,000 people were
actually transported in 1915-16. In addition, some 700,000 Armenians fled to the Caucasus,
Western Europe and the United States. As 100,000 remained in Turkey after the war, one can
conclude that about 300,000 died…” [Source: The New York Times editorial, "The Sorrows of
Armenia," April 4,1985; appraisal from Stanford J. Shaw & Ezel Kural Shaw.]

46. "British promises to Armenians were exactly like their promises to Arabs in Syria,
Palestine and Mesopotamia; they were made with the purpose of encouraging the war efforts
of the Armenians, to influence neutral states in favor of England and to excite the separatist
tendencies in ethnic minorities under the rule of these neutral states so as to make their
enemy, the Ottoman Empire, collapse from the inside." [A. H Arslanian, British Wartime
Pledges, 1917-1918: The Armenian Case, Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 13, 1978
(page 522)]

47. "The Armenians were very well treated for hundreds of years by the Turks, until Russia,
in the first place, started using them as pawns for purely political purposes; they exploited
them as Christians, solely as pawns." [Lieutenant Colonel T. Williams (Labour Party M.P.),
Parliamentary Debates (Commons), London 25.ii.1924, vol. 170]

48. "The Armenian community constitutes the very life of Turkey, for the Turks, long
accustomed to rule rather than serve, have relinquished to them all branches of industry.
Hence the Armenians are the bankers, merchants, mechanics, and traders of all sorts in
Turkey. Besides, there exists a congeniality and community of interest between them and the
Musulmans... (Pashas to peasants owe) them so that without them the Osmanlis could not
survive a single day. " [H. Oscanyan, Armenian author, The Sultan and his People, 1857]

49. "I believe that it won’t be a mistake to consider this Third Period, that is the Tanzimat, to
be the golden age of Armenians. During this period, which we regard as the most bountiful
and favorable one of all, Armenians advanced in every field and could reach higher positions
by showing themselves and earning confidence and trust of the Government." [Y.G. Cark,
Armenian priest, “Armenians in the service of the Turkish State, 1453 – 1953”, Istanbul,
1953, p. 44.]

50. "If Turks were thieves and brigands like Europeans claim, the Armenians would not have
had their prosperous lives, which continued until 1896." [General Mayewsky, Ambassador
to Erzurum and Van, commenting on massacres by Armenians in the late 19th Century,
translated from the Russian language, "The Statistic of Van and Bitlis Provinces," Ottoman
Military Printing Office (1914)]

51. "Armenian-origin intellectuals and journalists have become viciously intolerant of non-
Armenian-origin colleagues who do not accept their biases and who venture to question
Armenian statistics or try to examine historical records according to recognized standards of
objectivity and respect for methodology." [Paul Henze, “The Roots of Armenian Violence:
How Far Back Do They Extend?" 1984]

52. "As an Armenian, I never condone terrorism, but there must be a reason behind
this. Maybe the terrorism will work. It worked for the Jews. They have Israel." [Kevork
Donabedian, the editor of The Armenian Weekly, an ethnic newspaper published in the United
States, as quoted in the November 18, 1980 issue of The Christian Science Monitor.]

53. "The Turk has been and is the most misrepresented person in the world. I know some of
the falsehoods which have been and are being circulated in America. They amaze me." [Rear
Admiral Colby M. Chester, "Turkey Reinterpreted," The New York Times Current History,
1922]

54. "As a matter of cold, indisputable fact, there is more religious freedom in Turkey than
in any other country in the world, more than has ever been recorded in history." [Arthur
Tremaine Chester, "Angora and the Turks" The New York Times Current History, Feb.1923]

55. "Condemnation without hearing both sides is unjust and un-American." [Arthur Tremaine
Chester, above Feb. 1923 article]

56. "The Ottoman state has used its right to defend its existence against Armenian
organizations that had fomented and incited disorders and rebellions at the instigation of
the Russians by relying on Russian arms." [Leo Arakel Babakhanian, Armenian historian,
Turkahai Heghopokhutian Kaghaparapanoutiunu (The Ideology of the Turkish Armenian
Revolution), published in Armenian, 1934, Paris]

57. "The exact contrary of what is generally believed is often the truth!" [Jean de la Bruyère]

58. "If there’s something wrong, those who have the ability to take action have the
responsibility to take action." [Thomas Jefferson, U.S. Declaration of Independence, as paraphrased by Nicolas Cage's
character in the film, National Treasure. In other words, it is the duty of honorable and
truthful parties (particularly legitimate historians and journalists) to right the racist harm
caused by deceptive Armenian propaganda.]

59. "The Turks whose honor and the dignity you have been pummeling and mauling to these
many years, were far better men and far abler rulers than the wretched tyrants whom they
suppressed the Turks were in advance, not of their Christian subjects alone, but of the greater
part of Christian Europe." [Edson L. Clark (1827-1913), British anthropologist and historian,
from his "Nations of the World" Series, 1900, N.Y. pp. 84, 87]

60. "The Ottoman government prosecuted more than one thousand soldiers and civilians for
disobedience. Further, approximately 200,000 Ottoman Armenians who were relocated to
Syria lived without menace through the remainder of the war." [Bruce Fein, Attorney and
Adjunct Scholar of ATAA, "An Armenian and Muslim Tragedy? Yes! Genocide? No!"]

61. "It must be admitted that it is political interest which has caused us (the nations of the
Balkans) to describe the Turks as cruel Asiatic tyrants, unamenable to European civilization.
An impartial history would show that the Turks are rather Europeans than Asiatics and that
they are not cruel tyrants, but a nation that loves justice and freedom, and that possesses
virtues and qualities deserving of recognition and respect." [Chedo Myatovich, Serbian
plenipontentiary minister to London and Istanbul, as reported in the Asiatic Quarterly of Oct.
1913]

62. "Jewish people must always recall the Ottoman Empire with gratitude who, at one
of Judaism’s darkest hours, flung open its door widely and kept them open." [Cecil Roth,
historian]

63. "It should be our moral obligation to defend Turkey" [Dr. J. E. Botton, Jewish-American
originally from Turkey, speaking for all Jews, in memory of the Turkish nation's being one of
the very, very few friends of the Jews throughout history; in a letter to Forward, early 2001]

64. "It is actually an understatement that there was no anti-Semitism in Turkey. In fact,
there was a pro-Semitism. Ottoman governments treated their Jewish subjects with a special
consideration and compassion as one of their own, as one of the most loyal and devoted
subjects of the empire." [Haim Nahum, last Grand Rabbi of the Ottoman Empire, (1924)]

65. "As I became more knowledgeable and could compare cultures and countries around
the globe with the passing of age and experience, we became much more appreciative of
the benevolence of the Turkish people who harbored the Jewish people through incredibly
barbaric times in the annals of European history. In retrospect of what we know of European
history today, we owe Turkish people a great debt of gratitude for saving the lives of
thousands of Jews." [Israel Hanukoglu, professor , College of Judea and Samaria Ariel,
Israel; from his Story of Turkish Jews]

66. "If Armenians lost their lives during that war, they died as soldiers, fighting a war of their
own choosing against the Ottoman Empire which had treated them decently and benignly.
They were the duped victims of the Russians, of the Allies, and of their own Armenian
leaders. A few thousand Armenians may have lost their lives during their relocation,
caused by their own subversion." [Rabbi Albert Amateau, Sephardic Jewish leader in the
United States, in his sworn testimony to persuade Congress to not implement yet another
Armenian "Genocide" resolution this time brought by Senator Robert Dole, in 1990. As
a young student in the Ottoman Empire, Amateau got first-hand exposure to the young
Armenians who revealed their plans of betrayal to him believing Amateau was a Christian
Frenchman.]

67. "The Turks are not, like their coreligionists, by nature a fanatical people. As a matter
of fact, the history of the Ottoman Empire is less marred by religious intolerance and by
massacres due to religious hatreds than the history of European states from the thirteenth to
the sixteenth centuries. It is well to remember that when the Crusaders were butchering their
Moslem prisoners in Palestine, when the horrors of the Spanish Inquisition were in full swing,
when Cromwell’s troopers were massacring the Catholics of Ireland, when Protestants in
France were being exterminated by order of the French king, when Jews were being subjected
to countless persecutions and barbarities in every European country, Moslems, Christians and
Jews were dwelling side by side, in perfect amity, in Asia Minor." [E. Alexander Powell, The
Struggle for Power in Moslem Asia (N.Y., 1925) p. 120]

68. "Who but the infidel Turk opened up a Turkish haven, in the Middle Ages, to the Jewish
refugees of Christian Spain and Italy? Ottoman sultans, Selim and Suleiman, early in the
sixteenth century, invited them to Constantinople and to Salonika." [Ernest Jackh, The Rising
Crescent, (N.Y. 1944) p. 37]

69. "An important testimony to the toleration of Moslem rule is the fact that persecuted
Christian and other sects took refuge in Mohammedan lands, to enjoy there the undisturbed
exercise of their several cults. Persecuted Spanish Jews at the end of the fifteenth century
took refuge in Turkey in great numbers. The Calvinists of Hungary and Transylvania and the
Unitarians of the latter country long preferred to submit to the Turks rather than to fall into
the hands of the fanatical House of Habsburg. The Protestants of Silesia in the seventeenth
century looked with longing eyes towards Turkey, and would gladly have purchased religious
freedom at the price of submission to Moslem rule. The Cossacks, who belonged to the ‘Old
Believers’ and were persecuted by the Russian State Church in 1736, found in Turkey the
toleration which their Christian brethren denied them." [Felix Valyi, Revolutions in Islam
(London, 1925) pp. 48-9]

70. "History is still recording what imperialism is capable of doing in places it sets its eyes
on. But it was impossible to make the public-spirited revolutionaries comprehend this. The
anarchists and propagandists among them who could be useful neither to themselves nor to
their communities in any other way were receiving salaries. They were also receiving what
they conceived to be pledges. Overwhelmed under these conditions, they believed there
was Turkish oppression, and they also made their compatriots believe in their lies. The last
quarter of a century of Turkey's history is filled with some Armenian events. Although these
events were supposedly aimed at some goals harmful to Turkey, in fact they were only the
oppression of Armenians by Armenians. If the causes and reasons for each event are analyzed
one by one and if the events are analyzed meticulously, the only conclusion that will be
arrived at is the one we have stated in the previous sentence; the oppression of Armenians by
Armenians." [Migirdic Agop, The Turkish Armenians, Istanbul 1922]

71. "This entire Armenian genocide claim is as bogus as a three-dollar bill and (they: the
Diaspora) know it!" [Judge Sam Weems]

72. “History makes it clear, however, that the legend of fanatical Muslims sweeping through
the world and forcing Islam at the point of the sword upon conquered races is one of the most
fantastically absurd myths that historians have over repeated.” [De Lacy O’Leary, Islam at
the Crossroads, London, 1923, p.8]

73. “The theory, however, that the Muslim conquerors and their successors were inspired by
a fanatical hatred of Christianity is a fiction invented by (fanatic) Christians.” [C.H. Becker,
Christianity and Islam, London, 1909, pp. 28-33]

74. “Many Westerners, accustomed by their history books to believe that Muslims were
barbarous infidels, find it difficult to comprehend how profoundly our intellectual life has
been influenced by Muslim scholars in the field of science, medicine, mathematics, geography
and philosophy. Crusaders who invaded the Holy Land to fight Muslims returned to Europe
with new ideas of love, poetry, chivalry, warfare and government. Our concept of what a
university should be was deeply modified by Muslim scholars, who perfected the writing of
history and who brought to Europe much more learning.” [James A. Michener, “Islam – The
Misunderstood Religion”, in the Reader’s Digest American Edition, for May 1955]

75. "It is to Muslim science, to Muslim art and to Muslim literature that Europe has been in a
great measure indebted for its extrication from the darkness of the Middle Ages." [Marquis of
Dufferin and Ava, Speeches Delivered in India, London, 1890, p. 24]

76. "The Ottomans had one of the most tolerant policies towards non-Turks of any empire of
its day. The three communities of Jews, Greeks and Armenians were virtually autonomous
within the empire." [P.F. Peters, Former Australian Ambassador to Turkey (The Australian,
June 9th, 1994)]

77. "Why was every single Ottoman official, incarcerated for war crimes during the nearly
two-and-a-half years of the Malta Tribunals, finally acquitted? Especially when they were in
the hands of the occupying British force, a country (among others, but mainly it was Lloyd
George’s Great Britain) who tried to wipe Turkey off the face of the earth and every Ottoman
document was freely available (before the days “shredding” would come to mind) to the
Allies and their crack team of Armenian researchers? This is the question that would put
an end to the “Armenian genocide” matter, to any logical mind. I have not seen the Malta
tribunals referred to in any of the Armenian web sites… Addendum: Malta is referred to
at times, and excuses are offered, such as ‘British POWs.’ One must read all of the British
archives, not just the parts that are propagandistically supportive." [Holdwater; founder of
the “www.tallarmeniantale.com”]

78. "A lie travels round the world while Truth is putting on her boots!" [Used by C.H.
Sturgeon, famed English preacher of the 19th century]

79. "I consider old Turkish sovereignty in Hungary during 150 years as a real chance. If our
country had been conquered not by the Turks but by other people, they would have obliged us
to adopt their language and their religion. We would have been purely assimilated. The Turks
shone by their tolerance. Hungary was, during 150 years, a strategic territory for the Turks."
[In an interview granted to the Spanish daily newspaper ABC (February 2011), Pal Schmitt,
president of Hungary declared: I consider that it is a real chance for us to be governed by the
Turks during 150 years.]

80. "It is time that Americans ceased to be deceived by (Armenian) propaganda in behalf of
policies which are nauseating..." [John Dewey, Columbia University professor, "The Turkish
Tragedy," The New Republic, Nov. 1928]

MEM – 2011


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