Tall Armenian Tale


The Other Side of the Falsified Genocide


  The Armenian Campaign to Prevent Turkish Studies at Universities   
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Armenians and their supporters are aghast Turkey is donating money to American universities... they claim Turkey would somehow control the minds of professors who are hired to teach history. (Which would be impossible, if you think about it... try maintaining a facade day in and day out in front of a scrutinizing classroom audience, and see how easy it would be.) Princeton, for example, was accused of being seduced by Turkish grants; there was a smear campaign against Professor Heath Lowry led by Peter Balakian, which ultimately succeeded in Lowry's ouster as chairman of a Near Eastern studies program.

Armenians have enjoyed telling their tall tale practically unopposed for about a century. Now that Turks have finally awakened to the need for telling the truthful side of the tale (thinking for years it would have been more mature not to dwell on the crimes committed by Armenians, for the sake of brotherhood), what should the Turks do? American schools and universities have been inundated by the Armenian viewpoint... assisted by the deep pockets of wealthy Armenians. For Turkey to give a grant here and there would serve as only a trickle to counteract the juggernaut of widely established false Armenian history.


Preventing Turkish Studies is part of an uglier picture


December 2. 1997

Letters to the Editor
Los Angeles Times

Dear Sir/Madam:

Kenneth R. Weiss in his article (“Strings on Foreign Aid Troubles Colleges,” November 24, page A-1), when mentioning the assassination of three Turkish diplomats in Los Angeles. unexplainably fails to mention that all three were killed in cold blood by Armenian terrorists. This is a fact that should hardly be kept undisclosed in an article that gives such a prominent role to Armenian efforts to supposedly protect ethics and integrity in this country. Furthermore, the writer also seems to be unaware of the fact that even in the world of academics, the methods of physical violence, such as the bombing of the house of a UCLA professor claimed by the “Armenian Group of 28,” intimidation and constant harassment against academicians who do not agree with the Armenian ”party line” on Turkish history, are still being employed by extremist Armenian groups.

Therefore, the efforts by “moderate” Armenians to prevent Turks from expanding the study of Turkish history. society and culture in the U.S. through academic outlets are really part of a larger picture. But even aside from that, the Armenian arguments are hypocritical at best. During the past two decades, more than a dozen major American universities, including UCLA, have established programs or professorships in Armenian studies with contributions from wealthy Armenians. The majority of these chairs and programs have been headed by academicians of Armenian descent or by individuals who have proven their “academic integrity” by writing what Armenians view as a permissible version of their joint history with Turks. If the heart of the matter is whether universities are influenced by the agendas of their donors, the same academic and public scrutiny should be applied to Armenian-sponsored programs. Because, if there is indeed a concerted effort to disseminate a certain view about Turkish history to the American public, there is no doubt that Armenians have already undertaken it.


Güler Koknar
Executive Director


The preceding appeared in the December 15. 1997 issue of The Turkish Times




Nobody seems to care when Richard Hovannisian's impartiality is clearly suspect, and when his position as Chair in Modern Armenian History at the University of California was endowed (since 1986) by the Armenian Educational Foundation (AEF).





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...Is to expose the mythological “Armenian genocide,” from the years 1915-16. A wartime tragedy involving the losses of so many has been turned into a politicized story of “exclusive victimhood,” and because of the prevailing prejudice against Turks, along with Turkish indifference, those in the world, particularly in the West, have been quick to accept these terribly defamatory claims involving the worst crime against humanity. Few stop to investigate below the surface that those regarded as the innocent victims, the Armenians, while seeking to establish an independent state, have been the ones to commit systematic ethnic cleansing against those who did not fit into their racial/religious ideal: Muslims, Jews, and even fellow Armenians who had converted to Islam. Criminals as Dro, Antranik, Keri, Armen Garo and Soghoman Tehlirian (the assassin of Talat Pasha, one of the three Young Turk leaders, along with Enver and Jemal) contributed toward the deaths (via massacres, atrocities, and forced deportation) of countless innocents, numbering over half a million. What determines genocide is not the number of casualties or the cruelty of the persecutions, but the intent to destroy a group, the members of which are guilty of nothing beyond being members of that group. The Armenians suffered their fate of resettlement not for their ethnicity, having co-existed and prospered in the Ottoman Empire for centuries, but because they rebelled against their dying Ottoman nation during WWI (World War I); a rebellion that even their leaders of the period, such as Boghos Nubar and Hovhannes Katchaznouni, have admitted. Yet the hypocritical world rarely bothers to look beneath the surface, not only because of anti-Turkish prejudice, but because of Armenian wealth and intimidation tactics. As a result, these libelous lies, sometimes belonging in the category of “genocide studies,” have become part of the school curricula of many regions. Armenian scholars such as Vahakn Dadrian, Peter Balakian, Richard Hovannisian, Dennis Papazian and Levon Marashlian have been known to dishonestly present only one side of their story, as long as their genocide becomes affirmed. They have enlisted the help of "genocide scholars," such as Roger Smith, Robert Melson, Samantha Power, and Israel Charny… and particularly  those of Turkish extraction, such as Taner Akcam and Fatma Muge Gocek, who justify their alliance with those who actively work to harm the interests of their native country, with the claim that such efforts will help make Turkey more" democratic." On the other side of this coin are genuine scholars who consider all the relevant data, as true scholars have a duty to do, such as Justin McCarthy, Bernard Lewis, Heath Lowry, Erich Feigl and Guenter Lewy. The unscrupulous genocide industry, not having the facts on its side, makes a practice of attacking the messenger instead of the message, vilifying these professors as “deniers” and "agents of the Turkish government." The truth means so little to the pro-genocide believers, some even resort to the forgeries of the Naim-Andonian telegrams or sources  based on false evidence, as Franz Werfel’s The Forty Days of Musa Dagh. Naturally, there is no end to the hearsay "evidence" of the prejudiced pro-Christian people from the period, including missionaries and Near East Relief representatives, Arnold Toynbee, Lord Bryce, Lloyd George, Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, and so many others. When the rare Westerner opted to look at the issues objectively, such as Admirals Mark Bristol and Colby Chester, they were quick to be branded as “Turcophiles” by the propagandists. The sad thing is, even those who don’t consider themselves as bigots are quick to accept the deceptive claims of Armenian propaganda, because deep down people feel the Turks are natural killers and during times when Turks were victims, they do not rate as equal and deserving human beings. This is the main reason why the myth of this genocide has become the common wisdom.