Edmond Y. Azadian
Syria has been one of the most stable countries in the Middle East and home for the most affluent Armenian community attached to its roots and heritage.
The deportations and the Genocide of 1915 ended in Northern Syria; millions perished in Der Zor and survivors settled in Aleppo. For many decades Aleppo has educated and provided writers, editors, teachers as well as political and religious leaders to the Armenian communities in the Middle East and beyond. That is why all calls and appeals around the world to help Armenians in Syria emanate not only from a humanitarian concern, but from a rightful gratitude that the Diaspora Armenians owe to that embattled community.
For many years, that proud and prominent Armenian community has proven to be a thorn in the side of the Turks, especially with its clout in Syria and its Martyrs Monument in Der Zor, bordering modern-day Turkey. Pictures and news broadcast from Syria painfully present the destruction inflicted on the Der Zor Church and monument by Turkey’s hired guns to overthrow the government in Syria.
In addition, threats are being directed at Armenians in Kessab to abandon the region, which they have inhabited since Roman times. Kessab was also situated in the southeastern border of the Cilician principalities and the kingdom which lasted for 300 years. Therefore, within the framework of the larger Syrian conflict, Turkey is conducting a mini-genocide as its attempts at eradicating the Armenian people from its original habitat continue.
Of course, this does not concern or bother the parties involved in the Syrian war, which is continuing ferociously and thus far has claimed more than 40,000 casualties, including many Armenians.