November 26, 2015

My travels in Armenia taught me the truth about our NATO "ally," Turkey

William HadrianRebel Blogger

Yesterday Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet after it allegedly entered Turkish airspace.

One of the pilots was killed by the supposed "good Syrian rebels," who are seen on video shouting "Allah Akhbar" over the pilot’s dead corpse.

Turkey immediately held an emergency NATO session in response, one that include Canadian dignitaries. Since the Paris attack occurred just two weeks ago, such a meeting must be a pretty awkward for Turkey and other Western leaders to have.

Imagine Turkey telling the leaders of France or Belgium -- countries whose capitals are practically under martial law due to recent Muslim terrorist attacks -- that Turkey was justified in shooting down a Russian plane that was trying to kill Muslim terrorists.

Turkey is constantly labeled a moderate, tolerant Muslim nation that serves as an example that democracy and Islam can co-exist.

My experience in Armenia taught me otherwise.  
Armenia is well acquainted with fundamental Islam. Its people were its first victims in the 20th century, during the infamous Armenian genocide.

Armenians once comprised the majority population in what is now Eastern Turkey. By the end of the genocide, Armenia was less than one quarter of its original size, and three quarters of its people had been slaughtered in the name of Islam.

Previously, Armenians had lived peacefully beside their fellow Muslim subjects. Despite living under Islamic law -- being forced to pay the jizya tax on infidels, and being forbidden to own a home that was taller than a Muslim’s -- Armenians prospered and became an integral part of the Ottoman Empire.

Even some of the Ottoman Empire’s prime ministers and high government dignitaries were Armenian.

However, as the Ottoman Empire began to decline by the end of the 19th century, Islamic violence increased. Caliph Abdul Hamid II ordered the slaughter of Armenian men, women and children in what became known as the Hamidian massacre.

He also gave Turks, Kurds and all Muslims subjects the right to confiscate Armenian property and kill all Armenians after an attempted revolt. By 1896, this persecution had claimed 300,000 casualties, and the Caliph had earned the nickname the Red Sultan. The Caliph's successors, the Young Turks, a group of political reformers, continued this onslaught and killed 1.5 million Armenians beginning in 1915.

These events were so notorious that even Adolf Hitler referenced this incident the night before Germany invaded Poland:

I have placed my death-head formation 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 which we need. Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?

Today, Turkey, the successor state of the Ottoman Empire -- a country deemed religiously moderate and a crucial NATO ally -- still denies that any such a genocide ever took place.

Armenian churches dating back to the 3rd century have been converted into mosques and museums. In 2007, when journalist Hrant Dink tried to raise this issue, he was killed by an assassin who ran off screaming, “I have killed the infidel.”
Present day Armenia is blockaded by Turkey, and its airspace is continually violated by Turkish fighter jets and helicopters.

Turkey tried and failed to prevent Canada from officially recognizing the Armenian genocide in 2004. However, these efforts have been more successful in the United States, where it threatens to sever security ties if the United States recognizes the atrocity.

When I lived in Armenia, I had the privilege of going past one of the security checkpoints, and seeing, on the Turkish side of the border, crumbling Armenian churches and buildings from the ancient city of Ani. This is what remains of a people that Turkey denies ever once resided there.

During yesterday's NATO summit took place, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said, "We have repeatedly made clear, we stand in solidarity with Turkey and support the territorial integrity of our NATO ally, Turkey."

Turkey has been caught repeatedly aiding and funding ISIS. Former ISIS fighters, diplomats and even former US counterterrorism analysts have confirmed this. For all these reasons, Canada and the West should re-think Turkey's membership in NATO.




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commented 2015-11-28 23:44:07 -0500
Turkey is islamic – nothing good will ever come from Turkey – as nothing good comes from modern islamic countries today.

All are the same when the icing is scraped off the cake – they are islamic and that means they are inherently untrustworthy and evil to the extreme.
commented 2015-11-28 08:22:11 -0500
Our history has not been taught to our younger generations, so they lack civic pride, and are ignorant of Canadians contributions to the world. Instead they were being taught that we should be ashamed of fighting for our freedoms, and encourage our youth to be appeasers instead. That is why they don’t understand that freedom has a cost, and we are going to pay heavily for that, because not only are we up against a global assault on personal freedoms, but it comes with the added horror of our own government being in on the act of betrayal, against our own citizens.
commented 2015-11-27 17:12:03 -0500
If the Russians were shown a “little love and understanding” they might make better allies than the Turks. Nobody fought harder against the Nazis, took more casualties and suffered more than any other ally than the Russians during WW II. All the Turks have done, or should I say used to do, was to provide anti-ballistic missile basis to the Americans during the Cold War, which, incidentally almost triggered a nuclear third world war.
commented 2015-11-27 17:03:41 -0500
I agree Jack, dump Turkey and replace them with Ukraine alongside Poland and the other former soviet suppressed nations of Eastern Europe, effectively creating a wall of Nato
commented 2015-11-27 16:43:09 -0500
Turkey has no business in NATO. It is now another rogue nation financing invasions of Israel, and funneling extremists into Europe.
commented 2015-11-27 02:48:09 -0500
Bruce – All true….
The fact – most ppl don’t care, all they care about is to have their pizza delivered and watch TV…. s government can do whatever they want…. so I will be not surprised….

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me. Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)

Doesn’t it sounds similar to our story?
commented 2015-11-26 22:39:26 -0500
Bruce Kirk, I agree completely with your assessment. Unfortunately there are not enough of us that remember or are serious students of history so we are doomed to repeat. It will take some serious bloodletting on Canadian soil before our fellow Canadians wake up. I just hope it is not too late when they do.
commented 2015-11-26 22:23:45 -0500
Armenians, Kurds – seems the Turkish state isn’t satisfied unless they’re overseeing a genocide.
commented 2015-11-26 19:53:39 -0500
Sadly, I have come to the inescapable conclusion that we in Canada are going to feel the full effects of brutal conflict on our soil and it will be played out in our communities and backyards.
We have been incrementally marching toward self-destruction as a nation for nearly a generation and that march, toward open conflict, is getting faster. Fueled ever onward by our own apathy and appeasement. In much the same fashion that Chamberlain naïvely declared there was no reason to fear the threat of Hitler and the Nazi’s, we in the western world have become willfully numb to the reality of the threat at our own door. We as a society have once again naively accepted the notion that we can simply ‘dialogue’ away the obvious threat to humanity and our own Canadian freedom and peace.
Canada now has a government that is actively denying the reality of threat from ISIS madmen. We have all seen the destruction only a few determined ISIS killers can inflict. And yet, this trudeau government has set itself on a path of illogically racing to bring thousands of virtually un-vetted “refugee’s” into Canada. Even though ISIS has openly told the world they will insert their extremist Islamic killers into the ranks of those fleeing for their lives for the sole purpose of fulfilling, what ISIS has openly declared, they want to destroy Canada and kill Canadians.
George Santayana: “those who cannot remember history are condemned to repeat it”
It is safe to say that we in Canada have forgotten history. We look upon the sacrifices of 10’s of thousands of Canadians before us as little more than some distant memory that had something to do with grandpa and grandma. Oh we make our token indulgence once a year on Remembrance Day, but rarely do we take the time to understand the reason WHY those thousands entered into the hell of open war. Instead we content ourselves with our lives of freedom and peaceful comfort never giving thought to the cost paid for our freedom, let alone the cost of maintaining that freedom, we take for granted.
The cost of maintaining our freedom in Canada is going to be paid for with Canadian blood, again. Except this time that blood will be shed on Canadian soil, not some distant battlefield on the other side of the Atlantic or Pacific ocean.
The threat will come from within and our government is actively importing that known, publically declared, ISIS threat into our nation.
The Armenian and Jewish genocidal holocausts were unbelievable events of wanton hate and destruction, are we going to remember history or are we going to repeat it? I believe we will have to repeat the killing and destruction to shake us from our stupor.