100 Years Later: Thoughts on the Armenian Genocide and How it Relates to the Holy War Being Waged by ISIS Today.
One week ago, I had never heard of the Armenian Genocide that took place in 1915 at the hands of Turkish Nationals near the end of the reign of the Ottoman Empire.
Today, I spent much of the day researching and thinking about the events that began a mere 100 years ago today, April 24th. I felt compelled, for whatever reason, to write my thoughts on the matter today.
Through my readings, one point became patently obvious. A point, which we must clear up right now before we go any further:
YES, this was a genocide perpetrated by Muslims against Christians.
In the early 1900s, Christians made up 99% of the population of Armenia. Within twenty years, that number would be down to .02%. 1.5 million people murdered due to a religious holy war.
I don’t care how many world leaders have refused to acknowledge this fact (including the United States). I will be on record as acknowledging the heinous crime perpetrated by the Turks for what it was: genocide.
The Quote the Changed Everything
I love history. I love reading history, learning history, and most importantly, reading the words of past historical figures. If you truly want to know about the character or motivations of a historical figure, don’t read a book written by a modern scholar — go read the words of that person, as they spoke them.
One quote, from one of the most evil people the world has ever known, jumped off my computer screen today while I was researching the Armenian Genocide. This quote truly crystallized in my mind why the Armenian Genocide matters. It also shed light on how the events of 1915 are highly relevant to today.
His name was Adolf Hitler, here’s what he had to say:
I have issued the command — and I’ll have anybody who utters but one word of criticism executed by a firing squad — that our war aim does not consist in reaching certain lines, but in the physical destruction of the enemy. Accordingly, I have placed my death-head formations in readiness — for the present only in the East — with orders to them to send to death mercilessly and without compassion, men, women, and children of Polish derivation and language. Only thus shall we gain the living space (Lebensraum) which we need. Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians? — Source
The world didn’t care when Turkey annihilated the Armenians, thus the world won’t care when I annihilate a race of people.
We all know how that turned out.
Why We Must Call a Spade a Spade
If we do not acknowledge what happened in Armenia beginning in 1915, then there is no way for us to acknowledge what is currently happening in Middle East today.
Right now, there is another Christian genocide brewing. This time, it’s being perpetrated by the hands of ISIS. This is neither surprising, nor difficult to understand if you know anything about ISIS and their motivations.
The stated mission of ISIS is the re-establishment of the Islamic Caliphate (State), to be ruled by Sharia Law.
Under Sharia, there is no diversity in religion. You are not allowed to worship the god of your choosing. You convert to Islam, or you die. You may also pay a tax known as the Jizyah, but there’s no guarantee this will actually protect you.
This is why we see ISIS systematically destroying Christian churches and holy sites throughout the Middle East. There is no God but Allah.
You convert, or you die.
This is also why we see ISIS beheading Christians in Egypt, Libya, and across the Middle East. There is no God but Allah.
You convert, or you die.
I challenge you to watch the next beheading video that comes out, in full. That is the only way you will understand the pure evil these people represent.
I believe if we refuse to acknowledge what is happening right now, we will find ourselves looking in the mirror and again saying “how did this happen.”
I don’t know what the answer is, but I know what the problem is.
The problem is a group of religious fanatics, hell bent on carrying out “God’s” will — by murdering everyone who does not except their world view and their ideology.
Indeed, It is not at all surprising to me that those who wish to resurrect the Caliphate today, are systematically murdering Christians. They are, after all, cut from the same cloth (and the same Ideology) as those that systematically murdered Christians 100 years ago.
The question is, will the world stand up and acknowledge evil this time — before it’s too late?
Fun Fact, the last Islamic Caliphate was the Ottoman Empire, which dissolved in 1924. Indeed, we can trace much of the turmoils of the modern day Middle East back to this period in time, but that’s a topic for later. If you’re interested, a good place to start is the Sykes-Picot agreement.