Turkish Government Apologizes To Alevi
[Originally published in Hürriyet Daily News] The bizarre question in the headline does not come from me. It comes from a member of the Turkish Parliament on the ticket of the main opposition People’s Republican Party, or CHP. Mrs. Canan Arıtman, who represents the "most progressive city" in Turkey, İzmir, actually not curiously inquired but passionately argued that President Gül was a secret Armenian. "Look at his ethnic origins from his mother side," she said to journalists three days ago. "And you will see why he supports the Armenians." I personally don’t care where people’s ethnic origin come from, and it wouldn’t matter to me if our president had a lineage in any of the dozens of different ethnic groups that make up the "nation of Turkey." But many in this country who insist on defining the nation on ethnic "Turkishness" are obsessed with who-is-who in the countrywide family tree. This ethnicist Ñ something that is slightly short of racist Ñ attitude can be found in almost all political traditions. Yet, I think it was phenomenal that this week it came from the ranks of the CHP, which, amusingly, considers itself the standard bearer of "Turkish modernity." WeApologize.Com
A group of Turkish academics and intellectuals have launched an online campaign that allows Turks to sign on to an apology for the "great catastrophe" that the Armenians suffered during World War I. The apology, now signed by more than 15,000, studiously avoids the "G" word, but it is being seen as another important step in making the Armenian issue less of a taboo in Turkey.
A group of intellectuals have launched a campaign through which they have apologized to our Armenian brothers.
Debate is heating up over an apology campaign launched by three intellectuals over the Ottoman-era killings of Armenians in 1915, with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan joining the controversy on Wednesday.
Debates about genocide claims would be routine agenda items of April every year. With the "apology" campaign launched by a group of intellectuals, we have made an early start this year. There is now complete confusion.
There is nobody left in the neighborhoods where Armenians used to reside just 30 years ago. Old houses were demolished and new apartments have been built in their place, complete with their all ugliness and artificiality.
I know very well the people who prepared the petition to apologize to Armenians. Some of them are my friends and some are people who, though not my friends, I closely follow and appreciate.
Republican People’s Party (CHP) Canan Arıtman was not satisfied with implying that President Abdullah Gül’s mother might be of Armenian descent, but she also declared Armenians the element that should be sought after every catastrophe and be labeled our eternal enemy. Arıtman is proud.
Among all the others, I believe the main reason US President George W. Bush was the target of an angry Iraqi journalist’s shoes was his inability to apologize for the grave mistakes he and his administration have made.
A Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy has come under fire for attacking President Abdullah Gül’s ethnic origin while expressing her discomfort with an apology campaign launched by intellectuals regarding the Ottoman killings of Armenians in 1915.
No… No… I am not joining the campaign of a group of intellectuals who have taken a ‘collective individual decision’ to apologize to the Armenians for the 1915-1917 events in which immense tragedies were lived not only by Armenians but by all ethnic groups of Anatolia. I am not going to engage in a campaign of denial either, with claims that Armenians were killed but so were others and turn a blind soul to the massive human tragedies of that period.Yusuf Kanlı"
Several Turkish intellectuals have started a signature campaign with regards to the Armenian massacre in 1915, apologizing to Armenians.
How many of us know the crucial developments in 1783, 1864, the 93 War or 1913? Do these dates mean anything to regular men? I do not think so.
"My conscience does not accept the insensitivity shown to and the denial of the Great Catastrophe that the Ottoman Armenians were subjected to in 1915. I reject this injustice and for my share I empathize with the feelings and pain of my Armenian brothers and sisters.
About a year ago, Barack Obama said he would recognize the Armenian "genocide" if he is elected president of the US.
A solution for the disputes between Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan, which has lasted since World War One, was never this close, Turkey’s foreign minister told Hurriyet daily on Monday. (UPDATED)
The apology regarding the terrible fate of the Armenians in 1915 sparked harsh debates in Turkey. The same sections that vehemently opposed President Abdullah Gül’s visit to Armenia are this time blaming the signatories of the campaign.