The History Channel featured a documentary, produced, written and directed by Sandya
Viswanathan, entitled "Cults: Dangerous Devotion, Part 2." The words of
the film's conclusion appeared entirely appropriate to our area of discussion.
The ending comment of Professor Eugene V. Gallagher was: "...Passions and
commitments that can be engendered by religion can be extraordinarily powerful, and
sometimes no other human beings can stand in their way." Then the film's narrator
"As long as reason can be eclipsed by faith, there will be those who use religion
to exploit, and those who give up their free will to a charismatic cult leader. Police
only step in after laws have been broken and in the world of the cult, this is often too
late. The key to preventing tragedy is the individual confronting and defying the power of
Let's examine how the above applies to genocide-obsessed Armenians (and the Armenians who
preceded them, before the "genocide"), and to a lesser extent, genocide
adherents in general.
The TAT site has often made the parallel of genocide
devotion to religious fervor. This was not an original idea; a pioneering genocide
scholar, Terrence Des Pres, himself explained (back in 1976) the attitude of students in a genocide
class as "religious."
The "religious" parallel has a more sinister undertone than what des Pres
was driving at. As those of us who have taken the trouble to look beneath the
surface of Armenian genocide claims have realized, there are no real facts to back
up the charge. The "evidence" all boils down to hearsay, with some
forgeries. But that's all right; to the genocide-adherent, facts do not matter. All
that matters is faith.
As the program began, we were told that "cults share certain defining
characteristics. In a cult, leaders recruit members through deceptive techniques
that rob them of their identity and their individuality. Experts have termed these
techniques 'thought reform.'"
of Psychiatry, Robert Jay Lifton
And the "expert" the program came up
with was none other than the whistleblowing "genocide scholar," Robert Jay Lifton, himself. The
professor explained that "thought reform" involves two stages, the first
being a breakdown of one's own psychic integrity. The second stage "is
reeducation, trying to remake the person into a new person." As an example,
the program pointed to the first of three case studies, Charles Manson, who
"broke down young recruits' resistance, rendering them vulnerable to Manson's
Let's travel back in time to the days of the Ottoman Empire, where the "Loyal
Millet," the Armenians, lived in relative peace and prosperity for centuries.
As the "Sick Man" deteriorated, and extremists saw that benefits could be
gained by turning traitorous, the Armenians' loyalty would be targeted by the
"cult leaders" of that time, the Hunchak and Dashnak revolutionaries.
Through their methods of terror, a segment of the Armenian population would be
forced to join their cause, but this the segment of the Armenian population that
maintained their free will. It's the ones who fell into the trap of swallowing
Hunchak and Dashnak (as well as missionary) propaganda that started to think the
Armenians were racially superior, which allowed ordinary Armenians to think of the
Turks as subhuman creatures. (That is, the "reeducation" factor of
"thought reform," that has carried over and is being perpetuated to this
day, as may readily be seen in Armenian forums referring to the "Mongol Turks.") This is the
attitude that led to so many participating in the cold-blooded ethnic cleansing
campaign that would claim the lives of some half-million fellow Ottomans, murders
often perpetrated in the cruelest manner, as documented, for one, by their own allies.
Dep. D.A. Patrick Sequeira
The "Manson girls," who had murdered
Sharon Tate and others, are shown to be defiant in court. Los Angeles County Deputy
D.A. Patrick Sequeira (the film showed him at a parole hearing of one of these
women. He also attended the parole hearing of Hampig Sassounian, possibly aware of
the Linda Blair-like "possession" that the Dashnak terrorist and the
Manson killer shared) commented: "There's something that caused them to do
such a horrible crime. And to do it in a manner where there appears to be no remorse
afterwards. And so when you have someone like that, the question becomes, can they
ever really be rehabilitated."
Charlie's "Angels"; Van Houten
is at left
Model prisoner Leslie Van
Houten, right, at
16th parole hearing. She was arrested at 19,
the exact age her deranged "counterpart"
and fellow cultist, Hampig Sassounian was,
at the time of his arrest.
At the end of Marty Callaghan's excellent
documentary, "The Armenian Revolt: 1894-1920," the narrator alluded
to whether the Armenians who had committed so many crimes would be haunted in their
dreams years later. The problem is, so many Armenians did not look upon their
victims as human beings. (Another Manson documentary on the History Channel, 2006's "True
Crime Authors: HELTER SKELTER with Vincent Bugliosi," explained that the
Manson clan was brainwashed into thinking of their victims not as decent human
beings, but as symbols of a sick society; the prosecutor Bugliosi elaborated, "perhaps
psychologically it is easier to stab a symbol than it is to stab a human
being.") As the Manson girls at the time of their trial, one wonders
whether too many Armenians were bothered by their consciences.
The latter-day murderous Armenian, Hampig Sassounian, only expressed a form of
remorse after a quarter-century of proclaiming his innocence, and who knows whether
he did so with sincerity, interested as he was in gaining his freedom. Given their
hateful brainwashing by what we may refer to as the cult of genocide, it is unlikely
the terrorists from the later period would "ever really be
rehabilitated." In the case of Armenian terrorists,
"rehabilitation" is usually the last thing on the judges' minds. The
irresponsible genocide-sympathizing and bigoted judge basically slapped the wrists
of the Dashnak terrorists of the L.A.-Five,
quickly releasing them back into society, intact with their racism and hatred. (Many
members of the L.A. Five went on to becoming "respectable members of the
community"; instead of using bombs and bullets, some graduated into positions
where they managed to influence impressionable Armenians with the cult of genocide
and hatred.) When France prematurely released Varoujan Garabedian, the murderous
ASALA terrorist "promised to do his best for the realization of our
goals" as he "was greeted with rapturous applause by dozens of
supporters in Yerevan." (Per The Armenian Reporter.)
Charles Manson, from a 1987
To cap off then, Prof. Gallagher's statement, "...Passions
and commitments that can be engendered by religion can be extraordinarily powerful,
and sometimes no other human beings can stand in their way," applies to a
tee, regarding the Armenian rebels and terrorists, both from the Ottoman period,and
its relatively modern-day counterpart of the 1970s and 80s. We can see these
religious genocide "passions" in existence in the Armenian rank and file
today. So consumed are the extremists among them, some are easily persuaded to
travel down the road of violence, targeting those who run contrary to their
emotional beliefs. One good thing that can be said about the genocide industry's
overwhelming success in getting the world to accept the "Armenian
genocide" claim is that these rabid extremists not only do not see the need to
turn violent these days, sitting as prettily as they are, but also realize how
violence can be counter-productive to their cause. (At the core of which is
innocence and victimhood.) So they are content in confining their attacks to the
age-old strategy of character assassination campaigns. Their opposition, the Turks,
hardly share the same passions and commitments, given that most Turks are motivated
by "reason" and "fairness." Since Turks are disliked in the
West, and no one is going to defend the Turks — not even the Turks —- then,
truly, "no other human beings can stand in [the] way" of the genocide
As far as the program's ending statement:
"As long as reason can be eclipsed by faith, there will be those who use
religion to exploit, and those who give up their free will to a charismatic cult
And such has certainly been the case during Ottoman times, when many of the
simpler-minded Armenians were incited to join Hai Tahd, or the Armenian
Cause. For example, in the early 1890s, when the Hunchak terrorist, Hamparsum
"Murad" Boyadjian, arrived in Sassun, the New York Herald Tribune reported: "Hamparsum tricked the
simple people into believing that he had been sent by the European Powers to
overthrow Turkish domination, and thus succceeded in realizing his murderous
plans." In effect, the local Armenians proved willing to "give up
their free will to a charismatic cult leader."
"Police only step in after laws have been broken and in the world of the cult,
this is often too late."
Indeed, when the Ottoman police stepped in to address the crimes of Armenian
terrorists from the 1890s on, as when the police of the world's countries stepped in
to check the Armenian terrorists of the 1970s and 80s, it was often too late; the
world of the "Hai Tahd" cult, in the case of the former, and the
genocide cult with the latter would just keep growing and growing.
"The key to preventing tragedy is the individual confronting and defying the
power of the cult."
And here only the honorable Armenians can break the deadly hold the Dashnaks have on
the world's diaspora and the Republic of Armenia. Since the genocide cult is an
expression of patriotism, and since those who speak out are in danger of being
ruthlessly struck down (in the diaspora, an example;
in the case of Armenia, an example),
the concept of "honorable Armenian" becomes a rare breed, indeed.
Unfortunately, there is no sign that this tragedy having befallen the Armenians will
subside, and the harmful and hateful effects of their genocide religion and
terrorist ideology will keep going strong.
Before moving on to the next section, let's tackle one other important point the
"...Cult leaders exploit members to fulfill their own needs for power and
control. In many cases, the exploitation is financial; or sexual. But at times, has
taken an even darker form."
All three of those elements apply fittingly to the fanatical leaders of the Armenian
secret societies. We're all aware of how many cults persuade their members to give
up worldly goods, as in the case of the "Moonies" or even, to an extent,
the Church of Scientology. Sexually, too, a leader is not going to give up their
advantage of being seen as a "God." Sun Myung Moon would have a go at his
female followers, the night before their weddings, as a means of
"cleansing" the women. The program makes a point of how "Charlie's
girls" would see Manson as a Christ-like figure, allowing him control over
their bodies, and in the show's third case study (the second was the little-known
case of Paul Schaeffer, the German congregationalist who created a hair-raising
"Colony of Righteousness" in 1960s Chile; his slave laborers were
chillingly told "Arbeit Macht Frei," or "Work Makes You
Free"), we are told David Koresh, of the Branch Davidians (whose presence
seemed misplaced in this film; Koresh's greatest crime was, it appeared, child
molestation of teen-agers 13 and up; he and his cult were themselves the victims of
a brutal government action) had conditioned his followers to look upon him as a God,
fitting the pattern.
In terms of application, many Armenians, as covered, were seduced into giving up
great wealth for the "Cause," much as a good many others were forced to
part with their money through terror. The sexual parallel is not as pronounced, but
we can see the terrorists put their powerful position (or in their minds, their
God-like status) to good use in this area, as well.
"They [the Dashnaks] quarter themselves on Christian villages, live on the
best to be had, exact contributions to their funds, and make the younger women and
girls submit to their will. Those who incur their displeasure are murdered in cold
blood."[FO 424/196, Elliot to Currie, Tabreez, May 5, 1898]
We don't need to further elaborate on the path of the "darker form" these
terrorist leaders persuaded too many Armenians to follow. To get a better
understanding of the cult-like exploitation at work, a good page to consult is The "Black Hand" of the Armenians.
of Non-Armenian Genocide Adherents?
As the writer Charles Krauthammer brilliantly put it in an Oct. 19, 2007 essay of his, “On
genocide, fools rush in.” (Before he went on to prove himself just such a fool, as
he mindlessly parroted: “That between 1 million and 1.5 million Armenians were
brutally and systematically massacred starting in 1915 in a deliberate genocidal campaign
is a matter of simple historical record.") Genocide makes people lose all sense
of reason, because we all know genocide is "bad." When noble-appearing
"genocide scholars" decree certain conflicts as genocides, frequently by using
selective information and hypocritically by ignoring other historical
"genocidal" conflicts not in support of their agendas, fools rush in. The
fools do so, without asking any questions, because to the fools, not doing so will make
them come across as immoral "deniers" on a par with neo-Nazi cranks who deny the
Holocaust, and also agreeing with genocide conclusions makes us easy
"moralists." Our consciences feel so good when we affirm genocides; it's like we
are doing something good, when we voice our outrage.
Naturally, by not examining the real facts, and by not questioning the motives of
dishonest and/or sanctimonious genocide scholars who are anything but moral, what these
mindless genocide supporters wind up doing is affirming the racism and hatred directed
against the designated genocide perpetrators. The fools who rush in think they are being
moral, but by not substantiating the facts, they actually wind up being anything but
moral. Unfortunately, by succumbing to the power of the genocide cult, such fools will
only realize the harm they are causing if they should ever wind up on the end of the stick
they are so content to put others at; that is, if they should ever be unfairly accused of
a crime, based on hearsay and falsehoods. (Then they would be reacquiainted with the basic
meaning of the word, "denier.")
When one visits forums referring to the "Armenian genocide," one can understand
what drives the Armenian contributors. Genocide serves as the life-sustaining nectar to
their existence, and these extremists among Armenians can't help themselves. But what
about the non-Armenians? It is simply jolting to see how many seemingly intelligent and
"neutral" people compete with the Armenians, in their genocide obsession, and
intolerance of the real facts. The atmosphere in these forums is often nothing short of
evangelical, once again demonstrating that genocide-mania is faith-based, and the facts
are to be regarded as annoyances. Those who are not emotionally committed and are
honorable would stop and say, hold on a minute; maybe what I've been told has not been the
real truth after all.
But these genocide adherents from general walks of life, that is, the non-Armenian odars
(outsiders), can't bring themselves to stop and think. In the Armenian case, partly that
has to do with prejudice against Turks (The notion that Turks are barbarians is instilled
in Western societies), but mainly it's the emotional commitment. Indeed, for these people,
often liberal, do-gooding people (who traditionally and ironically value the concept of
keeping an open mind, as opposed to the stereotype of conservatives), genocide has become
a cult in its own right.
"As long as reason can be eclipsed by faith, there will be those who use religion
to exploit, and those who give up their free will to a charismatic cult leader."
The cult leaders have become the genocide scholars. Those such as Samantha Power are
simply idolized. The list of "intellectuals" who have mindlessly lauded her book
is simply shocking! When they read the "Armenian"
chapter of her book, a book that naturally won an award thanks to the
"fools" on the Pulitzer board, didn't they (many were from the ranks of the top
journalists of the country, too) stop and think about the ridiculous sources that were
utilized? They simply could not; their brains feverishly turned to mush. Part of it may
have had to do with wishing to come across as "moral" (any criticism could risk
charges of being a Nazi-sympathizer), but mostly, genocide has become such a
"religion," those charismatic cult leaders as Samantha Power must be
supported at all costs.
TIME Magazine even gave Ms. Power a job
as a columnist, where the managing editor gushed over how Power was "uniquely
equipped to think though...[a] morality tale." The genocide-hating Samantha Power
is more moral than the rest of us, in other words, and we must listen more carefully to
what she has to say. She's like a God!
Debra Tate, victim's rights
She is the sister of the late Sharon Tate.
It's not just Samantha Power; all genocide scholars,
in varying degrees, have this aura of saintliness (and when one has had an image of
sainthood to begin with, like Elie Wiesel, forget it; any "genocide judgment" he makes must be
accepted at face value), and we must listen to them, and accept whatever they tell us
without criticism. They are more moral than the rest of us, simply because they have made
a point of condemning the worst crime against humanity. No wonder then, that just as fools
rush in among us commoners, when it comes to genocide, not-so-foolish
"scholars" rush in to specialize in genocide . It's become a highly
profitable industry, for one thing, and there is nothing like being looked up to as a
great moralist and defender of "human rights."
Unfortunately, these genocide scholars who value faith above reason use their religion
to exploit, knowing the rest of the dunderheads will, in a sense, "give up
their free will," and fall in line.
"Police only step in after laws have been broken and in the world of the cult,
this is often too late."
The laws being broken in this case would be those mainly unwritten ones against "Rufmord," the murdering of one's
reputation. Thus, not only are the peoples and nations branded as genocide perpetrators,
on no factual evidence and through manipulation and forgeries, subjected to racism and
hatred, but the "Police" who step in — those who warn the fools not to hastily
rush in — are also subjected to smear campaigns, and prove ineffectual to offset what
has become the immense power of the genocide cult. We are often not dealing with
"reason" here, after all; it is difficult to talk sense to those who have been
overtaken by faith.
"The key to preventing tragedy is the individual confronting and defying the power
of the cult."
The key individuals to rely on to prevent the tragedy and negative consequences of
propaganda and hatred being perpetuated through the genocide cult would be genuine
historians. But where are they? Many have been intimidated by the unscrupulous tactics of the genocide
scholars, and won't come near the Armenian minefield. Worse, some who are respectable
historians either fall under the spell of the cult, forgetting the rules of honest history (as Norman
Naimark), and some actually appear to have adopted an "If you can't beat 'em, join
'em" strategy (as Donald Quataert; see both referred to, here). We would also rely on journalists,
whose duty involves asking questions. Yet, when it comes to the "Armenian
genocide," Edward R. Murrows are rarer than a June bug in January's North Pole.
Reporters fall all over themselves in accepting what the genocide cult tells them,
repeating the propaganda verbatim. Twenty years ago, responsible journalists would add the
word "alleged" before "Armenian genocide," but the genocide cult has
grown too strong; now we're lucky when the foolish line "Only Turkey denies the
genocide" is added for "balance." By all means, some publications have
not lost their "free will," but are scared stiff of the attacks of bullying
Armenians (as Harut Sassounian) and their aggressive organizations (as "Don't stop
until you make them cry" ANCA). Courageous and honorable individuals confronting
and defying the power of the genocide cult have become great rarities, indeed.