By Edmond Y. Azadian
The Western media have a convenient way of duping themselves and their readers; for example, medieval potentates in the Middle East, who exercise the crudest and primitive methods of governances, are called “moderate Arab monarchies.” They have also found a euphemism to characterize the violent policies of Turkey by calling its ruling AKP Party “mildly Islamic,” notwithstanding the terror and bloodshed that the party causes throughout the Middle East and beyond — the Uighur region in China and most recently, in Thailand.
Turkey and its ruling party must be judged by their actions and not by the mask they wear. There is nothing “mild” when the Turkish government trains and arms terrorist groups including ISIS and unleashes them to destroy any monument or group which does not fit their zealous interpretation of Islam. Recent atrocities against the Armenians in Kessab and Aleppo came to prove that — by extension — Turkey has long-term plans to continue the Genocide, not only by denying it in terms of history, but also by exterminating the survivors’ descendants.
The destruction of the Roman ruins of Palmyra in Syria is only the continuation of a century-long abuse, neglect and desecration of Armenian churches, shrines and monuments in historic Armenia. Armenians do not have the voice and the clout to move the conscience of world leaders and organizations to be able to protect their heritage left in Turkey. Now that very same force — the “mildest kind of Islam” — is threatening the most valuable vestiges of human civilization, it is time to act.