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Genocide and “genocide”

Commentary Materials 27 December 2011 18:04 (UTC +04:00)
December 22 was a trial for French-Armenian brotherhood, and Paris successfully stood this trial turning a blind eye both on its own history and Turkish history.
Genocide and “genocide”

Trend Arabic News Service Head Rufiz Hafizoglu

December 22 was a trial for French-Armenian brotherhood, and Paris successfully stood this trial turning a blind eye both on its own history and Turkish history.

At the voting with the participation of 45 MPs lower house of parliament of France, which is a symbol of freedom of speech and expression, adopted a bill, which envisages criminal prosecution for those who deny the so-called "Armenian genocide".

Adoption of the bill serving Armenia and Armenian lobby's interests proved that in fact the French political elite does not rely on historical facts in this matter and is a tool of the Armenian lobby.

After adopting the bill the Turkish officials sent their messages to Paris, Armenia and Armenian lobby besides imposing sanctions against France.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said adopting such a decision in France, which is the world's cradle of free thought, is contrary to freedom of thought. He also stated that Turkey is not afraid of its history. In turn, Prime Minister Erdogan stated that Sarkozy is against the Turks and Muslims.

"He said Sarkozy is trying to promote his election campaign, by provoking a conflict between the Christians and Muslims. If Sarkozy is not aware of the Algerians' genocide, he should ask his father," Erdogan said.

Of course, French officials' respond to Ankara did not take too long and President Nicolas Sarkozy justified the parliament's decision in his statement. "I respect the views of our Turkish friends - it's a great country, a great civilization - and they must respect ours. France recognized the "genocide" 10 years ago, and half a million Armenians were killed in 1915. France has its own principles and each state will face its past," Sarkozy said in his statement.

Besides contradictory moments, French President Nicolas Sarkozy's statement includes just moments as well.

With regard to contradictory moments in the statement, as all knows, Armenia and Armenian lobby claims that not 500,000, but 1.5 million Armenians were killed in 1915. However, Sarkozy noted 500,000 Armenians were killed and it shows that in fact French President and French political elite is not aware of historical events, and in general it gives a ground to say that no "Armenian genocide" occurred in the history.

If there was the so-called "Armenian genocide" in 1915, then Ankara officials' offer to create a joint historical commission to examine the events would not be left unanswered.
Regarding to the just moments in Sarkozy's statement, it is the fact that each state will face its past. Of course, sooner or later France will face its past for murder of 1.5 million people in Algeria in 1930-1962 - Algerian genocide.

Despite there is a need to create a special commission to examine the so-called "Armenian genocide" in 1915, there is no need to examine the events in Algeria. However, France, which does not plead guilty for the events in Algeria, believes that there is a need to examine this issue by historians.

But both French and Algerian archives have documents proving murder of 1.5 million people by the French army, and sooner or later Paris will face this fact, as well as the fact of the genocide committed by the Armenians in Azerbaijan.

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