"... It's better that I be a dog or a cat,
than a Turkish barbarian..."
Edna Petrosyan, a SIX YEAR OLD
Californian girl who recites hateful poems on the insistence of her mother. The
Los Angeles Times, February 1, 1990
(The discussion below will be followed
by ""The Role of the ARF in the Diaspora.")
The example of hate perpetuation provided above is all over. One can see this racist
hatred of Turks in Armenian forums, and while there have been some wonderful Armenians
writing in to this site, the majority has also been of this ilk. Here is one example,
received not long ago, entitled "Stupid Turk," and written by "Arman":
"All you stupid turks are nothing but phony, fake and scum of the earth! You think
by wearing western outfits and suits make you European? You haven't created anything
worthy in your pathetic history. You are nothing but savage mongols and seljuks from
Central Asia who have no place in EU. And you will keep suffer in the international arena
until you recognize the Armenian Genocide and pay your dues.-- Proud Armenian! "
The Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian
where Viken Yacoubian serves as principal..
What drives so many Armenians to feel such mindless hatred? Parents
and churches are part of it, as are schools. One of the members of the JCAG terrorist
group, the "L.A. Five,"
barely received punishment from a genocide-sympathizing judge from California, and is
currently working as a principal in an Armenian school. Since this man was not forced to
repent for his sins, and in a way was "rewarded" for committing his crimes, one
can only guess what kind of an attitude he has taken with him, in his new role as an
This page will focus on a Dashnak community center, to get an idea of how impressionable
young Armenian minds are being molded.
As we all know, Armenians cherish their terrorists. This chapter of the "Armenian
Youth Federation" is lovingly named after the terror-spreading bandit, Aghpuyr Serop
There is the lovely A.R.F. symbol, complete with
Here's how the site describes him:
"Also known as Serop Vartanian, Aghpuyr Serop was born into a wealthy family in the
village of Soghort, Aghlat in 1864. After he joined the Dashnaktsutiun [ca. 1891-- HW],
he began to travel and organize villagers to protect themselves against the attacking
Turk's. Upon hearing of his actions, Turkish officials sent out soldiers to capture Serop
and his men. Although the Turkish government organzied many surprise attacks, they were
unsuccessful. Unfortunately, in 1899, after being poisened by the enemy, Serop was killed
during battle, alongside his brother and son."
Let's figure out what's going on here. The fact that his family was
wealthy provides a giant clue the Ottoman-Armenians were not oppressed. But this lunatic
decided to "stir things up." He wasn't heroically getting Armenians to protect
themselves against the attacks of Turks, because no Turks were attacking. (Depredations by
Kurdish tribes, lawless bands and the occasional exceptions of locally committed mass
murder aside, there were no massacres of Armenians before the formation of these terror
groups in the late 19th century. It was the idea of these terrorists to "stir things
up," commit violence and murder, to incite Muslims to do the same, thus inviting
European intervention... in accordance with the Dashnak
charter.) Furthermore, Aghpiur Serop got his poor Armenian wife involved, an innocent
he married when she was about 13. (Sose
Vartanian, a.k.a. Sose Mairig/Mayrig. She was five years younger than her husband.)
Corrupting the illiterate girl's mind, the whole young family got into the murderous act.
(Setting a familiar pattern, Serop passed his hatred onto his young sons, took them to the
mountains to live the glorious life of the fedayi, and ultimately helped caused their
untimely deaths.) Finally, the dishonest passage above makes it sound as though the Turks
must have poisoned him, but in actuality, his poisoning "enemy" in this case
appears to have been his fellow Armenians.
These villains brought disaster upon themselves, and their people. They were absolutely
bereft of morals; not only in their dealings with the hated Turks, but with their fellow
Armenians. They forced the Armenians who wanted nothing to do with them to buy weapons
(allowing these terrorists to make huge profits), and to join their fanatical cause. They
used the girls and the women whenever they would bunk down in an Armenian village. Anyone
who got in the way learned the price of defiance was frequently death.
Lord Wentworth was quoted in The Diplomacy of Imperialism as having pointed to
these criminals' "atrocious methods of terrorism and blackmail by which a handful
of desperados, as careful of their own safety as they are reckless of the lives of others,
have too successfully coerced their unwilling compatriots into complicity with an utterly
hopeless conspiracy." One year before Serop got himself killed, British Consul
Elliot wrote in a report to his government (May 5, 1898): "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."
These are the scoundrels the Dashnak AYF presents as role models for young Armenians
The Humble Origins of the Armenian Youth
Literally Tzeghagron means "to make a religion of one’s race."
Patterned after the Nazi Youth It was also called Racial Patriots. Nejdeh wrote:
"The Racial Religious believes in his racial blood as a deity. Race above
everything and before everything. Race comes first. Everything is for the race."
In the April 10, 1936, issue of Hairenik Weekly, Nejdeh stated: "Today Germany
and Italy are strong because as a nation they live and breathe in terms of race."
From Racial Patriots and Tzeghagrons, the name of the Dashnag youth group was later
changed to Armenian Youth Federation, or the AYF, as it is currently known.
Arthur Derounian, "The
Armenian Displaced Persons," ARMENIAN AFFAIRS Magazine 1:1, 1949.
innocent Armenian children
Here's an idea of the operation of this Dashnak center,
they've got around fifty kids from 9 to 16, participating in "various
activities including community educationals and discussions." They also
"work closely" with parent organizations, the Armenian Revolutionary
Federation and the Armenian Youth Federation.
The kids were asked the following question:
"If you could meeting any famous Armenian,
who would you choose and why?"
There are a lot of famous Armenians, and the kids could have picked some positive
role models, like tennis player Andre Agassi, film director Atom Egoyan, the actor
who played "Captain Kangaroo," scientists, financiers... why, the sky is
the limit. We all know what a gifted people the Armenians are. Let's see how these
Dashnak whippersnappers responded.
A few were on the right track. Two spoke of Mesrob Mashdotz, whose claim to fame
appears to be the creation of the Armenian alphabet. One picked Aram Khachaturian,
described as a musician.
But the bulk of them answered in following fashion.
A 10-year-old chose the namesake of his AYF center, Aghpuyr Serop, himself. "He
is one of my favorite fedayees," the boy explained, adding that he would be
"very curious about his life, if it was easy or difficult, or complicated
what he went through." Living in the mountains, dragging his family along
on his same crazed murderous route... what does the kid think?
Another, a 14-year-old, went with another Dashnak killer, Soghoman Tehlirian.
"I'd ask him what it felt like to fight for his country and to take a stand
for all the bad things that happened to us." Tehlirian, like his
predecessor from the 19th century, Serop, came from a wealthy family. There were no
"bad things" happening to the Tehlirian family, until those like Tehlirian
did "bad things" first. And Tehlirian's list of criminal acts is long;
before he took a pot shot at Talat Pasha, he murdered in cold blood a fellow Armenian, on
suspicion of giving up the 235 Dashnak and other revolutionaries in Istanbul,
arrested on April 24. (In other words, for committing the greatest sin among the
Dashnaks, acting as a loyal Ottoman.) Worse was Tehlirian's positioning himself to
join Antranik's forces once Tehlirian had gone off to side with the Russian enemy in
1914, bloodying his hands many fold when Antranik and company targeted the mass
slaughter of many thousands of defenseless villagers.
In fairness to the killer-worshipping child, let's not forget Silly Samantha Power also allowed her
heart to skip a beat by glorifying this deranged yet calculating murderer.
A 15-year-old found Karekin Njdeh to be "a great
historical figure that I respect and I look up to because he founded the Armenian
Youth Federation." The parallel of the AYF with the Hitler Youth is, of
course, no accident. (We already had a taste of this madman in the excerpt above, where his name was spelled as "Nejdeh.") An
Armenian member of a "Germanic" forum,
named Ramzig, while spreading his genocide propaganda, described Njdeh as follows: "a
fascist and pro-Nazi Armenian at the time... published a book called
"Armenianism-Aryanism" which informed the Germans of the Armenians, and
allowed the Armenians a place in the empire of the Germans, considering them a
'brother nation.'" Nejdeh was evidently yet another "fedayi," and
some have assigned him the title of "general."
A 14-year-old idolized Peter Balakian, impressed with "The Burning Tigris" as he was;
the kid explained, "I think that he is one of the most knowledgable
[sic] people when it comes to the Armenian people, history and mainly the
genocide." Balakian commits his brand of violence not with bombs and
bullets, but in the form of "Rufmord";
he makes for a fine role model for Armenian youth, given his Dashnak style "end
justifies the means" method of operation. Any false statement will do for
"Peternocchio," as long as he
conducts his patriotic duty for Hai Tahd, affirming the validity of his
Perhaps the most troubling of famed Armenian heroes that our "ungers"
chose was a terrorist of recent times, Hampig Sassounian. A 12-year-old went gaga for the "Justice
Commando" (when the A.R.F. re-entered the familiar waters of terrorism back in
the 1970s-80s, the JCAG was their creation) who killed an innocent Turkish diplomat "because
to live in the U.S. today and to care about his Armenian nation so strongly really
amazes me and makes me proud to be Armenian." (Hampig was an import from
Lebanon, barely getting familiar with U.S. living before his brain snapped for the
One 11-year-old wrote a poem of an Armenian teen-ager marked for death in 1915,
while a 12-year-old felt genocide-obsessed enough to pen:
Turkey admit it,
you know you're wrong.
Stop denying it,
it's been too long.
It is nothing less than grotesque to mold the minds of these impressionable children
in such destructive fashion that they look up to the cold-blooded murderers and
liars in their midst. Where are today's brave Armenians? Why are not diaspora
Armenians taking a stand against the hateful Dashnaks, causing so many to curtail
their evolution as better human beings?
Thanks to A.F.
|"The Role of the ARF in the Diaspora"
by Hayg Oshagan
In this part of the world, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation is
over 110 years old. It came ashore with the earliest immigrants, was established and
worked and helped to maintain a small part of our nation on faraway shores. Our Lowell,
Mass., chapter, the oldest, was established in 1894, and our Armenian-language newspaper,
the Hairenik, is the longest-running Armenian newspaper we have. The Armenian
Revolutionary Federation today is a presence in most every city in the U.S. with an
We have to remember the past because here, as in most every corner of the Diaspora, the
history of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation is the history of our people. And the
struggle of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation has been the struggle of the Armenian
nation, the struggle to liberate our people and to ensure their future. For the Diaspora,
this effort has meant two things: building for our national survival and working towards
When you stand up for your rights, you have freed yourself from years of persecution,
oppression and the lingering shadows of a genocide. The work which the Armenian
Revolutionary Federation pursues in the political arena, our Hai Tahd, is an assertion of
our rights as a nation, is a statement to all that Armenians not only survive, but lay
claim to justice as citizens of this world. This effort has defined an entire generation
of our youth, has created a political identity in all of us, and has helped invigorate our
communities. We have risen to this challenge not alone, but with the support of our entire
community. It has been possible to lead, because this nation trusts the Armenian
Revolutionary Federation to pursue these goals. It is the trust which you have in the
Dashnaktsoutiune which enabled us to establish ourselves in the center of Washington last
year with the purchase of our new ANCA building. It is this trust which brings a Senator
like Menendez or Biden to work with us, and not only for our financial support only, but
for the grassroots and shared ideals which we represent. It is the fact that the Armenian
Revolutionary Federation feels the pulse of our nation, and that the Armenian
Revolutionary Federation is accountable always and only to the Armenian nation.
And so we have worked hard to support our friends in the American political system,
supporting people like Congressmen Schiff, Pallone and Knollenberg in their election
campaigns. We have also worked with Sen. Menendez to put a hold on the nomination of Mr.
Hoagland as U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, because we, as our friends, believe in truth and
in a cause that is just.
We are making every effort now to realize the Genocide Resolution in Congress with our
friends on both sides of the isle. The Genocide Resolution is not only a condemnation of
Turkey's crime committed over 90 years ago, but is also a condemnation of its reluctance
to come to terms with its past, a condemnation of the kind of oppression and limits on
speech that foster hatred and racism. A poisoned public opinion fueled by years of lies
which results in desecration and attacks against Armenian churches and cemeteries,
destruction of symbols of Armenian cultural heritage, and even assassinations like that of
Whether it is in Washington or in the Illinois State House, whether it is a genocide
resolution or aid to Armenia, or a high school Genocide curriculum, we never tire of these
goals because we bear the trust our nation has in us to defend our political and human
rights. And we know that in this effort, together we will prevail.
But this is only part of what the Dashnaktsoutiune does.
For any political effort to succeed, you first need to establish vibrant, viable Armenian
communities. Ten or 20 or even 80,000 Armenians in an area such as New Jersey do not
become an Armenian community just by being there. A community needs centers, it needs
churches, it needs schools, it needs cultural activities, it needs newspapers, it needs to
see each other, to gather together, to learn of each other, to share lives with one
another. This is what a Diasporan community is about. And this is the work, the supreme
effort which the Armenian Revolutionary Federation has engaged in from the beginning, the
struggle, which has meant really the survival of a nation.
When you establish an Armenian Revolutionary Federation chapter in New Jersey, it means
you are forming, organizing the New Jersey community. It means one day you will build a
church, and one day you will open a school, and then a center, then youth clubs and
cultural associations and newspapers and picnics and dances, and you have given space for
a fragment of our nation to breathe and to prosper. It is the same story in every
community. And it is this same effort the Dashnaktsoutiune has always been engaged in. In
the Diaspora, our struggle has been one of national survival, not just as individuals, but
as Armenians. It has been to create the conditions for generations of Armenians to retain
their identity, to realize their dreams and to come to the aid of Armenia.
And so we have the Hairenik Building, the Hairenik newspaper, the Armenian Weekly, the
Armenian National Committee of America, the local Armenian National Committee chapters,
the local Armenian Revolutionary Federation chapters, the Armenian Youth Federation, the
Armenian Relief Society, the Hamazkayin, the Homenetmen, the Prelacy and the parish
churches, the schools and the community centers, and all the activities in our communities
across this region that have allowed us the freedom to stay Armenian.
Dozens of people have joined the ranks of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation recently
in this region, and many hundreds internationally. They join because they see the Armenian
Revolutionary Federation as the organization that has for over 100 years struggled to
secure a future for the diaspora and for Armenia, and they see the Armenian Revolutionary
Federation as the embodiment of the most noble ideas in our national character, of
sacrifice and of dedication to a national ideal.
But whether it is in Hai Tahd, in community building or securing and helping Armenia, the
Armenian Revolutionary Federation has never been alone in its efforts. Just as we share
the stage every day with those joining to help us, we share our work also with all the
churches and our entire community. And it has always been so. It is only in that spirit
and together that we have succeeded and prevailed in the past, and it is the only way we
will ever succeed and prevail in the future as a nation.
Hayg Oshagan is the chairman of the ARF Central Committee, Eastern USA.
From an October 22, 2005 interview appearing in The
Armenian Weekly (where the above commentary was featured; the publication is put out
by the A.R.F. Central Committee, Eastern USA), Prof. Oshagan further informs us that in
the USA's Eastern Region ("Florida in the south, Massachusetts to the north and
Wisconsin to the west"), "there are 17 ARF chapters, known as gomidehs, as well
as the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) and all its chapters." The A.R.F.'s
efforts are partly described as follows:
"In the diaspora, the effort is
aimed towards Genocide recognition efforts, and maintaining communities and giving them
the resources to grow and survive. Our political work is focused on a few themes, with
Genocide recognition, and issues of financial and territorial reparation, being of
We also lobby the U.S. government for
just and equitable military and economic aid to Armenia. We try to advance our efforts in
academic circles, given that discussions in academia and academic scholarship often have
real world consequences. We also try to present Turkey’s real record in human rights
violations, making sure that lawmakers and the public understand both Turkey’s stance in
blockading Armenia and in providing assistance to Azerbaijan."
In other words, by corrupting the minds of diaspora youth, these Dashnaks are utilizing
what may effectively be called an army, working night and day to undercut Turkish
interests, while the Turks and Azeris are comparatively sleeping. (Prof. Oshagan actually
calls Turkey a "mighty power," insofar as its influence in the United States.
Generally speaking, why is it, then, that everywhere one turns in the media, Turkey is
presented as the most villainous of nations, and Turks themselves are seen as somehow less
While it is to be expected for this fellow to present the murderous A.R.F. ("with
100 years of experience," he brags; would that also have included the many years
when "The Armenian Revolutionary Federation [Dashnagtzoutiun] Ha[d] Nothing to Do Any More"?) as
heroic, what arrogance and dishonesty to sweep the reality of its great crimes and the
colossal human suffering the Dashnaks have caused under the carpet. As Sempat Kaprielian
wrote (see "Feelings" link, page bottom), and bearing in mind Oshagan's
self-serving statement, "the history of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation is the
history of our people":
"The egoism of the revolutionaries leads them to believe that they are the most
devoted to the cause, the most self-sacrificing of all Armenia's sons."