By Edmond Y. Azadian
Analysts, journalists, statesmen and pundits are still dissecting, digesting and commenting on the impact of the centennial commemorations in Armenia and around the world.
The immediate impressions are that Turkey was further isolated in its denialist policy, as more countries recognized the Armenian Genocide and worldwide media moved from its benign neutral stance toward recognizing and quoting the huge body of historic documentation on the subject.
The other impression is that by staging the Gallipoli anniversary commemoration charade, Ankara became a butt of jokes and mockery. In fact, even in Turkey, the Genocide centennial received more coverage than Gallipoli.
It is a known fact that Turkish leaders do not give in to outside pressure. That, of course, does not mean that outside pressure has to be discounted. On the contrary, it has to be amplified with domestic pressure, which is growing day by day. Turks, Alevis, Kurds and even Armenians no longer are scared to demonstrate in Istanbul and other cities in Turkey commemorating the victims of genocide. That is contributing to more awareness among the Turkish population, which the government has tried to keep ignorant regarding the subject by imposing obstacles and barriers for reaching credible historic sources.