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By Michael M. Gunter

This e-book offers the Turkish place in regards to the Armenian claims of genocide in the course of global conflict I and the continued debate over this issue. The writer illustrates that even though genocide is an invaluable idea to explain such evil occasions because the Jewish Holocaust in international battle II and Rwanda within the Nineties, the time period has additionally been overused, misused, and for this reason trivialized via many various teams trying to demonize their antagonists and win sympathetic approbation for them. This ebook contains the Armenians during this classification simply because, even though as many as 600,000 of them died in the course of global warfare I, it was once neither a premeditated coverage perpetrated by means of the Ottoman Turkish govt nor an occasion unilaterally carried out with no reason. in fact, not at all does this excuse the terrible excesses that have been devoted. to demonstrate this aspect, this publication makes use of the new paintings of the famous French pupil Jacques Semelin, and such long-suppressed Armenian personalities as Hovhannes Katchaznouni (the first best minister of Armenia after WWI) and K.S. Papazian (an historian), between others. This publication additionally illustrates how this present day Armenians have sought to politicize and legislate their model of heritage in parliamentary and different governmental our bodies world wide, damning their competitors as genocide deniers and perpetrators of hate speech. The case of the popular pupil Bernard Lewis is a first-rate instance of this Armenian misuse and distortion in their politicized model of historical past. This e-book additionally analyzes the hypermobilized Armenian lobbying strategies that experience completed massive good fortune in politicizing their model of heritage. between many different concerns, this e-book additionally analyzes the hot “soccer international relations” among Turkey and Armenia, which has resulted in their signing treaties that would determine diplomatic family among them and an historic fee to research their varied models of background

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Donald Bloxham, who largely supports the Armenian position, nevertheless has queried Armenian nationalists “whether recognition [of genocide] is really going to open the door to healing wounds and reconciliation, as we are often told, or whether it is a means of redressing nationalist grievances. ”59 Possible claims of long ago dispossessed Native Americans also come to mind when one considers the implications. Indeed the present legal rights of practically any people on earth might be challenged by the problem of intertemporal law.

28 For his part, the Bosnian Serb General Mladic, “taking control of the town [Srebrenica] on 11 July . . ”29 Are we finding too many genocides and thus trivializing the concept? 34 Although both terms are odious, ethnic cleansing may better describe operations in former Yugoslavia in which many people were killed, but others were relocated or allowed to flee. Genocide, however, describes the murder of all of those targeted. As the ICJ ruled in the Bosnia vs. Serbia case on February 26, 2007, ethnic cleansing was not enough on its own to establish that genocide had occurred.

6 Problems with this definition will be analyzed below. 8 Although bringing in numerous other specific examples, the following analysis owes much to Semelin. The Ambiguity of Genocide Given the difficulty in defining the term genocide, one might be tempted to paraphrase US Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart and simply declare that he knows it when he sees it. Such a semantic solution, however, would be legally untenable and might also tempt one with a grudge against some foe to cry “genocide” too easily and thus trivialize the concept.

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