, 24 januari 2012
Dr. Ewout H. Klei, Politiek Historicus bij Archief- en Documentatiecentrum (NL)

Volgens Turkije zijn er honderd jaar geleden erge dingen gebeurd, maar gaat het veel te ver om deze gebeurtenissen een genocide te noemen. Men spreekt liever over de Armeense kwestie. Turkije heeft een punt. In tegenstelling tot de Holocaust is de Armeense genocide omstreden. Werd van overheidswege besloten de Armeniërs uit te moorden? Hierover bestaat in de geschiedschrijving geen consensus. De gepolitiseerde controverse sleept zich al tientallen jaren voort.


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 19, 2009
Dr. Gwynne Dyer, former Senior Lecturer in War Studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (UK)

Istanbul ordered the Armenian minority to be removed from eastern Anatolia on the grounds that their presence behind the lines posed a danger to Turkish defenses. Wealthy Armenians were allowed to travel south to Syria by train or ship, but the impoverished masses were marched over the mountains in the dead of winter. They faced rape and murder at the hands of their guards, there was little or no food and many hundreds of thousands died. If genocide just means killing a lot of people, then this certainly was one. If genocide means a policy that aims to exterminate a particular ethnic or religious group, then it wasn't.


The Light Millennium - UNDPI/NGO, April 21, 2009
Prof. Dr. Justin McCarthy, Louisville University in Kentucky (USA)

Conflict between the Turks and the Armenians was not inevitable. The two peoples should have been friends. When World War I began, the Armenians and Turks had been living together for 800 years. The Armenians of Anatolia and Europe had been Ottoman subjects for nearly 400 years. There were problems during those centuries-problems caused especially by those who attacked and ultimately destroyed the Ottoman Empire. Everyone in the Empire suffered, but it was the Turks and other Muslims who suffered most.


Turkije Instituut, april 2009
Waar Prof. Dr. Erik-Jan Zürcher voorzitter Wetenschappelijke Adviesraad is (The Netherlands)

De huidige ‘Armeense kwestie’ verwijst naar de onenigheid over de interpretatie van de lotgevallen van de Osmaanse Armeniërs tijdens de Eerste Wereldoorlog (1914-1918). Talat Paşa (minister van Binnenlandse zaken en een van de leiders van de toenmalige Osmaanse regering) verordonneerde waarschijnlijk in maart 1915 de ‘relocatie’ van de Armeense bevolking vanuit Oost- en Centraal-Anatolïe naar de Syrische woestijn, als een oorlogsmaatregel om de nationale veiligheid te garanderen.


Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Vol. 28, No. 2, August 2008
Erman Şahin, researcher (Turkey)

The tragic fate of the Ottoman Armenians during World War I, the massacres that accompanied their forced migration, and the role of the Committee of Union and Progress —the ruling faction in the Ottoman government during World War I— constitute one of the murkiest chapters in the modern history of the Middle East. This article argues that those who have dealt with this complex subject have not always respected the limits set by scholarly ethics and have failed to use their sources scrupulously while engaging in distortions, deliberate quoting out of context and doctoring of data.


Turkish Historical Society, July 2008
Prof. Dr. Kemal Çiçek, Technical University Karadeniz (Turkey)

The subject of this paper is the Armenian-Turkish Question. According to the Armenian historiography it all started on April 24, 1915, the date at which the Ottoman security forces arrested 235 leading personality of the Armenian Revolutionary Party (ARF), Dasnaksutyun. The Turkish historiography, however, challenges this assertion and dates the origin of the question to the Congress of Berlin, in 1878, when the internal conflict between the Armenians and Muslims became an International issue for the Great powers of the period., October 23, 2007
Orhan Tung, researcher (London, UK)

Contrary to the Armenian allegations, in fact, there is no consensus among the historians and legal experts to qualify the events of 1915 as “genocide”.

There is a legitimate historical controversy concerning the interpretation of the events in question and most of the scholars who have propounded a contra genocide viewpoint are of the highest calibre and repute, including Bernard Lewis, Stanford Shaw, David Fromkin, Justin McCarthy, Guenther Lewy, Norman Stone, Kamuran Gürün, Michael Gunter, Gilles Veinstein, Andrew Mango, Roderic Davidson, J.C. Hurwitz, William Batkay, Edward J. Erickson and Steven Katz.


Today's Zaman, March 27, 2007
Prof. Dr. Kemal Çiçek, Technical University Karadeniz (Turkey)

Turkey is concerned that the Armenian genocide resolution which has been submitted to the US House of Representatives several times in the past will pass due to Nancy Pelosi, the new Democratic speaker of the House.  However, I don't think there is any major significance if the law is passed or not. Firstly, similar resolutions have already been passed in state senates. According to ANCA, 47 states have passed such resolutions. Secondly, the bill cannot impose sanctions. The US president is under pressure to say on April 24 that 1.5 million Armenians were murdered. U.S Republican and Democratic presidents have always used terms similar to the word "genocide" when speaking on April 24. I am not saying that Turkey should stop lobbying against the resolution. Of course, Turkey should fight against this unjust and biased legislation and try to prevent the genocide label from being attached to the nation. Otherwise, those Turkish children who read in textbooks that their ancestors were murderers will suffer an inferiority complex and will become asocial in the countries in which they live.


Turkish Policy Quarterly, December 2005
Drs. Arend Jan Boekestijn, Utrecht University (The Netherlands)

Citizens and politicians living in Western Europe tend to take the high moral ground on issues here they are not themselves directly involved. This is a strategy that runs the risk of applying double standards. It is all very nice to condemn the so-called Armenian genocide by the Ottoman Empire at the beginning of the last century; but what about the national sins of ne’s own country?


Armenian Genocide Resource Center, July 14, 2005
Samuel Weems, District attorney and Judge of Arkansas (USA)

The word paranoid defines someone's action as "characterized by extreme suspiciousness, grandiose delusions, or delusions of persecution." The Armenians have all these traits and more! In addition to being paranoid they are also very selfish and they are only concerned with their own welfare and/or interests and have little or no concern for the welfare of others.


De Volkskrant, 9 juni 2005
Prof. Dr. Justin McCarthy, Louisville Universiteit in Kentucky (USA)

Hoewel in parlementen en voor rechtbanken het plegen van een 'Armeense genocide' officieel is erkend, is het bestaan daarvan voor historici geen uitgemaakte zaak. Nu steeds meer historisch onderzoek wordt afgerond, wordt duidelijk dat tussen de Turken en de Armeniërs weliswaar een verschrikkelijke oorlog is gevoerd, maar dat van een genocide geen sprake was.


Trouw Dagblad, 4 juni 2005
Drs. Arend Jan Boekestijn, Universiteit Utrecht (The Netherlands)

’s Middags spreek ik met prof. Mensur Akgűn van de stichting TESEV (economische en sociale studies) over de Armeense kwestie. Tijdens de Eerste Wereldoorlog vocht Turkije aan de kant van de Centrale mogendheden (Duitsland, Oostenrijk-Hongarije en Bulgarije) tegen de Entente mogendheden (Engeland, Frankrijk en Rusland). Volgens de Armeniërs en veel westerlingen hebben de Turken in 1915 genocide gepleegd op de (christelijke) Armeniërs in het Ottomaanse Rijk. Deze kwestie ligt zeer gevoelig in Turkije, ook omdat sommige beschuldigingen zijn gebaseerd op documenten die later vervalst bleken te zijn.


Professionals Insight, June, 2005
Prof. Dr. Justin McCarthy, Louisville University in Kentucky (USA)

Throughout the recent debate on the Armenian genocide question, one statement has characterized those who object to politicians' attempts to write history, "Let the Historians decide." Few of us have specified who we are referring to in that statement. It is now time to do so.


Armenian Genocide Resource Center, 2005
Dr. Leon Picon, retired historian (USA)

One of the most eye-opening and reliably informative books regarding the false Armenian Genocide on record. Too bad it's not written by a Westerner, in case there are those of you who believe (justifiably) a writer's origin can determine his or her bias. However, there are more than enough excerpts taken from Western sources to set your minds at ease.


Reference Library, 2003
Prof. Dr. Norman Itzkowitz, Princeton University (USA)

After Armenians had participated in the killing of Muslim villagers in 1915 in the region of Van Golu (Lake Van), in 1917 the Ottomans sought to deport about I million Armenians from Eastern Anatolia, fearing that they would aid the Russians. In the course of that action it is alleged that more than 800,000 Armenians died.


TAT, 2002
Samuel Weems, District attorney and Judge of Arkansas (USA)

There was a funeral a few weeks ago in Vienna, Austria. Two small black urns were buried containing the brains and a few remains of 4-year old Annemarie Danner and 18-month old Gerhard Zeketner. During World War II these were two of the more than 600 children the Nazis proclaimed "worthless lives." These children were taken to Vienna's Am Stein Hospital to be murdered and their bodies used for medical research.


TAT, 2002
Samuel Weems, District attorney and Judge of Arkansas (USA)

Today, Armenians claim they were victims of an Ottoman genocide committed in 1915. The Armenians blame Turkey even though Turkey didn't become a republic until 8 years after the "fake" Armenian claims. The real historical truth is that there was no Armenian genocide and the following historical facts are absolute proof that the self-claimed Armenian genocide is nothing more than the figment of their rich and vivid imaginations to try to get something for nothing. The Armenians have created a "genocide industry" for one very simple and basic reason--to deceive, fleece and scam the Christian world out of billions of dollars.