Tuesday 12 December 2017 Last Update: 09:30 PM

FALSE: The Events Of 1915 Constitute A Clear-Cut Genocide Against The Armenian People.

Published: 04-23-2017


There is no legal consensus to support the Armenians attempts to portray these actions as a willful, deliberate attempt to commit genocide of the Armenian people – a specific crime defined by international law.

Despite being given multiple opportunities to do so, international courts have never designated these tragic events as genocide.

Here is the truth

The events of 1915 were far more complex than what has been reported in the past and it is important that we recognize this was not as simple a scenario as the Armenian lobby would have us believe.

Despite the propaganda being pushed by a powerful and well-funded Armenian diaspora, the series of events in 1915 and beyond resulted in losses of life on both sides of the conflict. We cannot diminish the suffering that the Armenians faced, but we must acknowledge that millions of Turks, Kurds, and Arabs were also killed during this conflict.

For nearly a century, the Armenian lobby has attempted to portray these actions as a willful, deliberate attempt to commit genocide of the Armenian people – a specific crime that is defined by international law. Nothing could be further from the truth, and a detailed examination of the broader context of history paints a vastly different picture.

Furthermore, and as a result, international courts have never designated these tragic events as genocide. There is no legal consensus on the tragedy of 1915 because even though the Armenian lobby has been misrepresenting the facts for nearly a century, history – and the law – tells us otherwise. It’s time to cut through the propaganda and get the facts straight

FALSE: 1.5 million Armenians were killed during the events of 1915.

Dr. Justin McCarthy, an American demographer, Ottoman Empire expert, and historian at the University of Louisville, notes 1.3 million Armenians lived in the Ottoman Empire pre-World War I, half of which resided in warzone areas.

As such, McCarthy argues, 1.5 million Armenians could not have been killed during the 1912-1922 period. By his accounts, the number of Armenians casualties is closer to 600,000. Prominent scholars, such as British historian Arnold Toynbee, have since confirmed McCarthy’s figure.

But in discussing the Armenian casualties, we cannot overlook the two to three million Ottoman citizens, Muslims, Jews, Kurds, and Christians, who too lost their lives— a count far higher than the total Armenians killed. Yet, no matter the lives lost, no matter which side one stands on, a common school of thought holds: 1912-1922 reflected a grim period for Turks, Kurds, Arabs, and Armenians alike, and for humanity as a whole.

FALSE: The events of 1915 constitute a clear-cut genocide against the Armenian people.

There is no legal consensus to support the Armenians attempts to portray these actions as a willful, deliberate attempt to commit genocide of the Armenian people – a specific crime defined by international law. Despite being given multiple opportunities to do so, international courts have never designated these tragic events as genocide.