By Edmond Y. Azadian
There is a morbid historic bond between Turkey and Germany. The first has Armenian blood on its hands and the second Jewish blood. In addition, Turkey received help during its killing spree from Germany, which later took the lessons to heart and enacted its own horrific crimes. There are no two other nations that have the same symbiotic relationship or distinction in the eyes of history.
Germany has faced its past and looked its victims in the eye and apologized and made restitutions. Yet, Germans remain very sensitive about their past.
Today Germany is Europe’s engine in terms of politics and economy. All that remains for Turkey to do is to emulate its erstwhile ally, which means coming clean about the Armenian Genocide, and making restitutions.
Although Turkey is vying to join the European Union, it has thus far refused to let go of its feudal past. Rather than embracing European values, its leaders are trying to make an impact on Europe by activating their massive diaspora there. Unfortunately, European countries, including Germany, have been demonstrating tolerance and prioritizing temporary issues, such as NATO membership, above the looming dangers for Europe.
The recent backlash and resentment of this power play are sweeping Europe and may backfire in a major way. They are fueling anti-immigrant hostility across the continent, from Austria to Holland, France and Hungary.