I’ve already discussed the ottoman massacres against Armenians. Now, Turkey opened its border to the cattle of Islamists to sweep over the Mediterranean city of KASSAB [Kessab] where the inhabitants are mostly Armenian and the surrounding villages in the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The Rebels backed by Turkey had attacked before all Christian places in Syria, including the monasteries in Syednaya and Maloula to kidnap the nuns and many other atrocities.
The Ottoman Empire was the state responsible for the Armenian Genocide. [This] Empire was in existence from 1300 to 1923. It was ruled by Muslim Turks headed by the sultanate of the Osmanli/Ottoman dynasty. The Ottoman state, variously called Turkey or the Turkish Empire, was governed according to Islamic law which relegated non-Muslims to second class status by denying them basic civil rights and requiring them to pay extra taxes. This discriminatory system was institutionalized through the so-called millet system which permitted the Armenians communal autonomy as a religious minority, much as the Greeks and Jews, while depriving them from all forms of political participation.
The decline of Turkish power and the steady territorial losses in the face of Balkan revolts and Russian military advances isolated the Armenians in a precarious situation. To firmly secure and perpetuate Turkish rule in the remaining territories of the Ottoman state, Abdul-Hamid initiated a program of demographic and political consolidation through the mass slaughter of vast numbers of Armenians beginning in 1894. By so doing he also restricted the economic role of the Armenians, a program which enjoyed popular support among the Turks. In the face of international condemnation, and despite changes in government, the Hamidian policies were applied with regularity over the course of the next thirty years. In a series of genocidal massacres repeated in 1895-1896, 1909, 1915-1918, and 1920-1922, the Armenian population of Turkey was annihilated.
The Armenian, also called Hamidian, massacres of 1894-1896 affected all of historic Armenia and Constantinople. The 1909 or Adana massacre devastated Cilicia. The combined deportations and massacres during World War I acquired the dimensions of total genocide and was implemented by the Young Turks who had removed Abdul-Hamid from the throne in 1909. The atrocities between 1920-1922 were committed by the Nationalist Turks who seized power in the Anatolian hinterland in the final years of the Ottoman Empire and created the Turkish Republic.
Turkey, which has been openly active in supporting the anti-government forces in Syria for more than three years, is now criticized for its role in the conflict. “The onslaught on Kessab was launched from Turkey by foreign fighters affiliated with an extremist wing of the al-Qaeda terrorist group. Attackers wounded during fighting were returned to Turkey for medical treatment.” Public Radio of Armenia published an appeal, purportedly from the “Armenians of Kesab”, saying:“This is a call to all Armenians. This is a call to humanity. The world needs to hear the truth. Erdogan and his government are war criminals.
As Turkey has been unable to fulfill the pledges and promises of support for the Crimean Tatars in Ukraine, there is greater pressure domestically on the Turkish Prime Minister to intervene more directly in Syria. This reflects a neo-Ottoman style pattern of interference and involvement.
Written by a Christian brother who has been directly affected by persecution in Syria. He has suffered the greatest loss anyone can experience, his family. The persecution of his family was a turning point in his life. He realized the need the truth about what’s happening in Syria.
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