In anticipation of adverse publicity against Turkey, its government has gone to great lengths, every year, on the eve of April 24, to soften its image before the world.
We should be reminded that on April 24, 2015 — the centennial of the Armenian Genocide — the Turkish government celebrated the centennial of the Gallipoli Campaign, a dubious victory against the Allies awarded to Mustapha Kemal by the German generals during World War I.
We wish Turkey’s efforts did not yield dividends, but the truth is different. Given Turkey’s political stature on the world scene, many centers of power support Turkey, regardless of the moral implications of that choice.
This year is no different, particularly in light of political developments which see the US administration dropping major hints to Ankara that President Joseph Biden may use the magical term “genocide” in the traditional US comment on the anniversary.
Indeed, Turkey’s presidential office organized a symposium on April 20 to discuss the issue in three different panels. Among the participants in the first panel is President Erdogan’s advisor, Seyit Sertçelik, a Genocide denier.
Of course, the goal of the three panels is not to arrive at the truth about the Genocide, because the monopoly of that truth rests with President Erdogan, who challenges Armenians to come up with “one single document” to prove that Turkey has ever committed a genocide. Therefore, what remains for the panelists to do is to manufacture historic facts to justify Mr. Erdogan’s historic truth.