By Edmond Y. Azadian
One hundred years have elapsed since an entire nation was uprooted from its historic lands, exterminated and/or dispersed around the globe, yet the world has learned nothing. The same brutality, the same vicious campaign that was waged against the Armenians, today are being waged against Yazidis in Iraq. Pope Francis accused the world of indifference which encouraged the perpetrators of those crimes a century ago. Today, are we surprised that Yazidis meet the same indifference in their hour of need? At best, some lip service is offered by the powers who could halt these atrocities if they really wanted to.
The same criminal minds and bloody hands that exterminated 1.5 million Armenians in 1915 are in action today, in the year 2015, destroying and dispersing the Yazidi minority in Iraq. The beheadings are committed by the Islamic State (or ISIS/ISIL) but the main culprits are Turkish leaders who helped create the terror group and trained and armed them in front of the world. ISIS is an evil force to spread mayhem to accommodate Ankara’s political designs on controlling the Middle East.
The Turkish leaders used ISIS to destroy Kessab’s thriving Armenian life in Syria, to desecrate the Genocide memorial in Der Zor and threaten organized Armenian life in Aleppo.
A political charade is being played at the expense of peaceful populations in the region. It defies logic that the all-powerful US forces were able to pulverize the organized army of Iraq in a matter of a few days and yet cannot contain the ragtag army constituting ISIS, which has already occupied a swathe of territory as large as Great Britain on the landmass of Iraq and Syria.
The US has been cajoling the Turkish government to earnestly confront IS and allow the US war planes to use Incirlik Airbase for air strikes, but Ankara has been dragging its feet.