What if you were someone whose success had been gained by how you were seen by your fans? Wouldn’t you be someone who obviously did not deny what happen to the 1.5 million Armenian men, women and children who were brutally murdered in 1915 was as “Genocide?”
Knowing, the original “young Turks” justified the killing of thousands of Armenians, in a failed attempt to clear all Armenian lands of non Turkish elements so their pan-turanian goals could become a reality, wouldn’t you be somebody who would not name their show after them, right? You would be someone who would not have anything in common with the original “young Turks.” right?
In that case, you’d be someone other than a Turk, named Cenk Uygur.
On the other hand, I’d be viewed as someone unfair, biased, and hate inspired, that is if you were someone like this guy, Uygur.
Yes, I am very familiar with a genocide denier’s retort, and defense. As if he can be viewed, as a good person, and a genocide denier at the same time.
As if I can be viewed as the bad guy for bringing his genocide denial to the world’s attention.
Did you ever wonder about the kind of people it takes to tolerate, or defend a Genocide denier? Oh I suppose they’d be the kind of people who call themselves a fan of Cenk, or the Young Turk’s show. It is only logical that the people he can contribute his success to are people who feel denial of a Genocide is not such a big deal and will argue that till they are blue in the face or the ones who are genocide and holocaust deniers themselves. Of course, there is probably a good part of his fan club that isn’t even aware he is a genocide denier that is worth mentioning. Hopefully, they will read my articles and then do the right thing.
It is just deplorable when people find the denial of human suffering an unimportant detail in a person’s character. What don’t people get about this? It’s not rocket science. If he can easily disregard historical facts for his own personal agenda, imagine how many other facts he has not acknowledged. Humanity just fails when a guy like Uygur can make a living with opinions that imply genocides are deniable. He is lucky in one way, Armenian voices like mine are very few because today our population is fewer than it should, millions less than it rightfully should be thanks to what he cautiously denies ever happen and the result is the ones on denial are not often enough asked to defend it.
That is how denial has survived in Turkey for almost 100 years. Turkey is convinced of something that allows them subconsciously to feel superior in the world without ever having to accept the fact, they based it on a faulty, and invalid misconception.
Cenk’s denial statement..
Below is a letter Uygur wrote that clearly supports his genocide denial.
” Is Cenk from The Young Turks an Armenian Genocide Denier?”
Is that a trick question or something?
“I am a Turkish-American and I am sure my views will also be looked upon with a certain wariness, but I do not subscribe to the idea that I am disqualified from objectivity by my ethnicity.”
“First, at the very beginning of the article, you seem to reach a conclusion — “The central Armenian experience of the 20th century, after all, was the death of as many as 1.5 million Armenians …”Every neutral scholar agrees that the Turkish position is propaganda. “Turkish Denialist The United States helped to sponsor war propaganda against Turkey during World War I as part of an official campaign to smear its enemies, as it did with Germany. Part of this propaganda was the evil butchery of the Turks against the defenseless Christian Armenians. This is what has been rooted in the popular memory of America, with very few Turkish-Americans to combat the insinuations of savagery, yet this is not propaganda?” Cenk – Turkish Denialist
The US did not enter the war till 1917 , this was years after the bulk of Armenians had already been killed. The relevance of propaganda being a reason either way about what happened to Armenians on a scale of 1-100 would be “0” relevance. Turks were simply killing Armenians how America was portraying the Turks had very little emphasis on the impact. Holocaust had its share of propaganda but I have yet heard any argument that it was a reason on how the world viewed the nazis. . Anyway propaganda circulating in America being thousands of miles away from Armenians and Turks is very irrelevant in support of a denial. Many creditable people like Henry Morgenthau the American ambassador to Turkey then used reliable communication devices of the time period to keep America informed with correct and factual accounts of what was happening. AlanaKalanian
“As far as I could see from the article, every non-Armenian scholar in the field believes it is an open question whether this event was a genocide. Is it the claim of the article that all of these people are tainted by the tentacles of the Turkish government? If not, then why is it not pointed out that no one outside of the “Armenian position” believes it is a genocide? Why is it assumed that the “Turkish studies side” has the burden of proof in overturning the verdict of Turkish guilt? It is because of the underlying assumption that despite what these people in “Turkish studies” say, there must have been a genocide.” Cenk – Turkish Denialist
This guy is way too busy trying to bag everyone else for being against Turkey and he angrily lashes out at those for trying to depict Turks capable of wrong doing. Not much difference than how I would respond to any German trying to pass off the same arguments about the nazis there – “Don’t waste my time.” AlanaKalanian
“I once asked a professor of mine who taught a class on the laws of war and war crimes at Columbia Law School to deprogram me from all the propaganda I had received growing up Turkish. I asked him to please find me evidence of the genocide by neutral scholars so I cold know the truth.” Cenk- Turkish Denialist
Tanar Akcam who is a Turk, is not neutral enough for him?
“After investigating the issue, he came back and said that he could not find one non-Armenian scholar who believed this was a genocide, but since “it looked like a duck, it walked like a duck and it talked like a duck, it must be a duck.” If that’s not the product of excellent propaganda, I don’t know what is.” Cenk – Turkish Denialist
Amazing, ever heard of http://genocidescholars.wsg.net/about-us/iags-resolutions-statements/ There are so many non – Armenian historians/scholars (Google is an amazing tool -ever try it) that have recognized. I’m shocked he makes such an obviously ignorant statement – a guy who must have at least one bumper sticker that reads ” I have some intelligence please, please follow my blog.”
Why is it that Turks feel they are able to deny a Genocide simply because they want to.. They are perfectly content with the fact they have nothing substantial to base their denial on. Other than a few unreliable references and a couple of racist websites, that BTW they seem to have no shame in using, it comes down to having nothing.
There is not one solid fact revealed in Uygur’s letter that he could base his denial on and yet he rather have an opinion he can not support over one he can. Does that even sound remotely rational? Bottom line, Cenk is just wasting time hoping it all goes away. He is biding his time by hiding in his wretched denial, avoiding being questioned at all coasts because he is quite aware he is unable to defend it.
So,remember always Uygur is no different from any other genocide or holocaust denier. The difference is he isn’t exploiting what he is so we can all be not reminded of it. So should he be an exception? Should he not be held accountable for the hundreds of reputable historians, scholars, countries and organizations who recognize the Armenian genocide he indirectly calls a liar with his non-recognition. I think not.
Mr.Uygur, in conclusion I’d like to say that in America “insulting Turkishness” is considered freedom of speech, but denying a genocide is not.
Today, I rescind the statements I made in my Daily Pennsylvanian article from 1991 entitled, “Historical Fact of Falsehood? When I wrote that piece, I was a 21 year-old kid, who had a lot of opinions that I have since changed. Back then I had many political positions that were not well researched. For example, back in those days I held a pro-war rally for the Persian Gulf War. Anyone who knows me now knows that I am a very different person today.
I also rescind the statements I made in a letter to the editor I wrote in 1999 on the same issue. Back then I had a very different perspective and there were many things that I did not give due weight. On this issue, I should have been far, far more respectful of so many people who had lost family members. Their pain is heart-wrenching and should be acknowledged by all.
My mistake at the time was confusing myself for a scholar of history, which I most certainly am not. I don’t want to make the same mistake again, so I am going to refrain from commenting on the topic of the Armenian Genocide, which I do not know nearly enough about.
Thank you for being patient with me on this issue, though I might not have always merited it.
- Nicolas Sarkozy hands off his torch to Hollande to carry on the fight to to get “genocide denial crime law” past. (alanakalanian.com)
- The things that they tell you won’t kill you but only can make you stronger.. (alanakalanian.com)
- Paris To Resubmit Bill On Armenian Genocide Denial (rferl.org)
- Turkey’s Human Rights Hypocrisy (nytimes.com)
- France’s Newsring Poll: Is Armenian Genocide bill necessary? (panarmenian.net)