Don't Lose Sight Of What The Armenian Genocide Was Because Of Controversy Now

by
Amna Shoaib
1.5 million lives snuffed out. So why won't world leaders acknowledge the Armenian genocide?

1915 was the year of, as the pope called it, the first genocide of the 20th century. One hundred years later, however, some people still can't or won't call it a genocide – but how could it be anything but that? 

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Some 800,000 to 1.5 million Armenians were butchered, hung and annihilated by the Ottoman government in what is now Turkey.

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Many died later of starvation and miserable living conditions.

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Armenian children were taken away from their homes and in attempt to "Turkify" them. They were forcibly converted to Islam and adopted into Muslim families.

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Armenians were led on a death march. Hundreds of thousands of Armenians were exiled to the Syrian town of Deir-ez-Zour and the surrounding desert.

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This year marks the 100th century of the genocide.

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It was remembered at the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Armenia. Kim and Khloe Kardashian, of Armenian descent, visited the space to remember those who died.

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Armenians demonstrated in Iran.

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Many countries around the world have come to terms with the reality of the mass killings. These include Canada, Italy and the now-dysfunctional Ottoman Empire.

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However, the United States and United Kingdom, among the most powerful voices on the world stage, still refuse to recognize the genocide as such. It's an act of cowardice. 

When Pope Francis recently used the term genocide, Turkey – which has adamantly refused to acknowledge the massive deaths – recalled its ambassador to the Vatican. It's also the seventh year in a row, CNN notes, that President Barack Obama broke a promise to call the Armenian genocide a genocide.

It is pathetic to live in a world where a Kardashian is on the right side of history, but world leaders kowtow to ignorant demands that deny the truth about the Armenian genocide.

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