Contrary to President Joe Biden and politicians unschooled in the law of genocide, renowned historians dispute Armenian genocide allegations, including Bernard Lewis of Princeton University, Gunter Lewy of the University of Massachusetts, Stanford Shaw of UCLA, and Justin McCarthy of the University of Louisville.
The European Court of Human Rights, of which Armenia is a member and Turkey is not, in Perincek v. Switzerland (1915) explained that the Armenian genocide is contested among academics and has never been proven in any tribunal, unlike the Holocaust. The European Court added that “historical research is by definition subject to controversy and dispute and does not readily lend itself to definitive conclusions or assertions of objective and absolute truths.”
Armenia refuses to open its archives related to the alleged genocide, whereas Turkey, Russia, Germany, France, the UK, and the United States have. Is Armenia hiding evidence that discredits their genocide allegations?
On February 26, 1919, at the Paris Peace Conference, Armenian spokespersons highlighted that Ottoman Armenians were “belligerents” with the Entente Powers throughout World War I and sought secession like the Confederate States of America in the U.S. Civil War; and that Ottoman Turks died in the same proportion as Ottoman Armenians during the war. The late Shimon Peres, Israeli Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner, maintained, “We reject attempts to create a similarity between the Holocaust and the Armenian allegations…It is a tragedy what the Armenians went through but not a genocide.”
Article IX of the Convention Against Genocide authorizes Armenia to submit its claim of a Turkish genocide of Armenians to the International Court of Justice. Armenia has declined during the 70 years that have elapsed since the convention entered into force to test their allegations before a court of law. Instead, Armenians have brandished their considerable political clout and wealth to prod governments and legislators around the world to parrot their genocide narrative in exchange for political favors.
Genocide is too important and incendiary to be left to a jumble of political calculations with ulterior motives.
In 1982, Armenian Harry Sassounian assassinated Turkey’s counsel general in Los Angeles Kemal Arikan to avenge unproven Armenian genocide allegations. They gave birth to twin Armenian terrorist organizations which have perpetrated violence against Turkey, Turkey diplomats, and Turkish Americans on an industrial scale: the Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia (ASALA); and the Justice Commandos of the Armenian Genocide (JCAG). The former sports a logo with an AK-47 on a background of Armenian boundaries that include swaths of territory under Turkish sovereignty. Not a single Armenian American or Armenian American organization has ever condemned or disowned the terrorist handiwork of Sassounian, ASALA, or the JCAG.