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There was a "Nuremberg" Trial
 

It's World War I. The Ottoman Empire was close to entering the war on the side of the Allies, but (among other reasons) the British pull a fast one by not delivering on a warship paid for by the common folks, down to the pennies of poor Turkish schoolchildren.  (War broke out, and the Brits figured they could make better use of their  goods on hand... so they reneged on the deal.) Meanwhile, Germany smells blood and brilliantly steps in by making a pseudo-gift of a couple of warships. Result: the road is better paved for the Ottoman Turks to join the Central Powers, a decision that will ultimately seal the fate of the centuries-old empire.

The British were noted for demonizing the enemy... the Germans were referred to as "Huns," for example. Certainly, the Ottoman Turks were not let off the hook... it must not have been too tough to demonize an enemy that easily lent itself to demonization, since the days of the Crusades. 

Ravished Armenia poster; the 1919 propaganda movie from the Near East Relief

You'd think there would be a little originality in the American demonizing campaign

     
WWI propaganda poster: "Destroy this Mad Brute." A German soldier as a gorilla carrying a fair maiden

The HUN Attacks!

      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The usually false reports of massacres were a great foundation to build upon. (Armenians well learned the value of exploiting the "Christian" connection, accusing their Ottoman society a society that was among the most tolerant of nations of killing for religious reasons). American missionaries, unable to convert the Turks, shrieked these rumors of massacres... British journalists and historians ate it up. Those Armenians, especially, were being slaughtered right and left.

(After the war, some British historians such as Arnold Toynbee would somewhat apologize for being a little too hysterical on the issue. Unfortunately, the British government has not yet apologized to the Turkish government for the Britons' discredited Blue Book... even though Great Britain apologized to Germany in 1936 for the Britons' German version of the Blue Book.)

The war is over. The Versailles Treaty, as everyone knows, was terribly unfair, to the extent of sowing the seeds of Hitler's rise some dozen years later. As unfair as this treaty might have been for Germany, the Ottoman Turks had it far worse. Their right of self-determination... flying in the face of Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points... would be taken away from them!

The Allies planned to carve out the remains of the Ottoman Empire amongst themselves. (Even decades before WWI had broken out.) The plan for the Turks was to live in what amounted to an Indian reservation. (Luckily for the Turks, this particular parallel to the American Indian did not come true.)

 

 

 

The fellow who mostly had it in for the Turks was Great Britain's Lloyd George. (A convinced pro Hellene who could have used anything as propaganda against the Turks in support of Venizelos and the Greek invasion of Turkey... just as Gladstone inflated the Bulgarian "massacres" out of all contact with reality for domestic political reasons. Curiously, Lloyd George, at the expense of his political career, ultimately did not.) Maybe it was the chance for the British to get even for being humiliatingly held off at Gallipoli.

Regardless, memories of those awful massacres being reported in the British press couldn't go unanswered. Especially now that the British were occupying what was left of the Ottoman Empire. Every governmental  document to prove evil wrongdoing was at their fingertips.

 Consider: the British were no friends of the Turks at this time. (They planned to figuratively wipe the Turks off the face of the earth.) Any evidence of a genocide that existed was at their full disposal, as an occupying force. To make sure the research efforts would be as zealously thorough as possible, they enlisted the services of a crack team of Armenian scholars, led by Haigazn K. Khazarian.

The British locked up close to a hundred and fifty Ottoman officials... fifty-six in the island of Malta... while they attempted to dig up the incriminating evidence.

They dig... and dig.... and dig. The process takes nearly two-and-one-half years, and even their Armenians weren't coming up with the necessary goods. (All the propaganda from the war years were dismissed as the malarkey they were.) In their frustration, they actually appealed to the shores of America for proof. What did they come up with?

ZILCH!

To the immense credit of the British and their respect for the rule of Law, they released every single one of the Ottoman officials. It would have been enormously easy to make up the evidence, in an attempt to save face.

This was the precursor to the Nuremberg Trials. The Ottoman Turks were found INNOCENT. 

The case was closed beyond a shadow of a doubt.

Isn't it mysterious that this rare example of a human tragedy actually winding up in court and getting cleared continues to still get tried... when countless other human tragedies that have occurred since have long been forgotten?

 

 

The fascinating details of the Malta Tribunal may be read here.

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