Berge Jololian: Serious reforms were first attempted during Ottoman Turkey’s Tanzimat (Reorganization) period of 1839 to 1876. Pushed by Europe, Turkey declared measures, quickly proven ineffective, to safeguard the rights of its subjects, including Armenians.
A Turkish constitution was then declared in 1876 but suspended, along with parliament, just two years later.
Article 61 of the Treaty of Berlin, signed in 1878 by the European powers, Turkey, and Russia, guaranteed the safety of Ottoman Armenians but was dead before the ink dried.
Turkish “reforms” reached new levels in the 1890s with massacres of hundreds of thousands of Armenians.
In 1908 came the “reformist” Young Turk party. Inspired by European ideals, it pledged liberty, equality, and fraternity. “Reform” culminated in the cataclysm of 1915.
Turkey’s next European-inspired “reformer” was Kemal Ataturk, who all but finished off the country’s remaining Armenian, Greek, and Assyrian Christians, not to mention thousands of Muslim Kurds.
He seized historical western Armenia, which Europe had promised to Armenians, and attacked the just-reborn Armenian Republic while Europe looked on.
Ataturk’s “reformist” legacy endures to this day: Genocide denial, the blockade of Armenia, and 80 years of military coups, human rights abuses galore, and even massacres, all tolerated by Europe.
avatar replies to Berge Jololian:
Armenians are the source of terrorism, and that’s what Talaat Pasha had to deal with 100 years ago. He solved the problem by eliminating the armenian terrorism.
Berge Jololian replies to avatar
Allow me to enlighten you a little.
When the Turk marauding millet (ancestors) came from the Mongolian Steppe plundering, pillaging, looting and massacring civilizations, they eventually interacted with the Arabs who attempted unsuccessfully to teach your marauder-millet how to behave humanly.
Most of the Turkish vocabulary that refer to goodness of mankind are words borrowed from the Arabic language, such as “Sheref” means honor, “Edeb” means respect, and “Vejdan” means conscious. Turks use these Arabic words that refer to honor, respect, and conscious because these were human states that are – and remain – alien to being a Turk.
Take for example the Arabic word “Akel” means brain, another word that the Turks borrowed from Arabic because the Turks to this day don’t have one.
Isil Udun replies to Berge Jololian
You look like a Arab Fan.. Yes, Turks learned some good things from Arabs, but they are actually what Quran and Islam teach. I am sorry for the all killings during the wars, like WWI. In these wars, countless people died like Turks,Armenians, British and others…
Berge Jololian replies to Isil Udun
All I can say Isil is continue to learn Arabic. The Arabs tried hard over the centuries to teach Turks how to behave like an “Ensan” means human, another word Turks borrowed from Arabic because that concept is and remains strange to Turks. Sorry, but those are undeniable facts. Look at the reaction posted on this blog by Turks, and one can see that Turks remain like their ancestor marauders who butchered their way from the Mongolian wilderness.
repulsewarrior replies to avatar
Can you the same for the Kurds? They fought beside Ataturk, too.
Berge Jololian replies to repulsewarrior
The Kurds, unlike the Turk savage millet, did not come from another place, but Kurds are rather the evolution of native inhabitants and cultures of the Zagros-Taurus mountain region with some light traces to the historic Median.
Unfortunately, The Kurds continue to be savaged by blood-thirsty wave of Turkism every other decade. In the early 1990’s Turkey killed 35,000 Kurds while the rest of the World looked on. Today, Turks are killing Kurds again in south-eastern “Turkey” and in Syria & Iraq. Kurds need enlightened leaders or Turks will continue killing Kurds referring to them as Mountain-Turks. What have Kurds benefited from siding with their co-religionist at the time of Ataturk?