Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Templates for Gross Denial of a Known Genocide: A Manual

emplates for Gross Denial of a Known Genocide: A Manual

As everybody knows, the Turkish government denies the Armenian Genocide, so do most of the people who live in Turkey.
This will be easy for Turks to deny it and much easier for non-Turks to understand the pshychology of denial.

Israel Charny outlines the tactics of denial in "Templates for Gross Denial of a Known Genocide: A Manual," in The Encyclopedia of Genocide, volume 1, page 168.

1. Question and minimize the statistics. Turks will argue that less than 1 million Armenians lived in the Ottoman Empire, thus 1.5 million people could not get killed.

2. Attack the motivations of the truth-tellers. Say that Armenians are Russian spies and they speak of Genocide to harm Turkey.

3. Claim that the deaths were inadvertent. Turks will say that Armenians were deported to other places for their own good.

4. Emphasize the strangeness of the victims. Turks will continue to call Armenians gavurs (non-believers), who owned Turkey's economy.

5. Rationalize the deaths as the result of tribal conflict. Deniers will say that Turks also died, it was a civil war.

6. Blame "out of control" forces for committing the killings. Turks will say there was a war and the government could not watch the bandits who killed Armenians.

7. Avoid antagonizing the genocidists, who might walk out of "the peace process." Turks will "prove" that by speaking of Genocide, Armenians make hatred among the Turkish and Armenian governments.

8. Justify denial in favor of current economic interests. Turks will say that Armenian Genocide's recognition will be an economic threat to the world.

9. Claim that the victims are receiving good treatment. Turks say that Armenians were protected by their Ottoman government in 1915.

10. Claim that what is going on doesn't fit the definition of genocide. Turks say the term "genocide" was coined in 1944 and the Armenian killings did not match the word.

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