Armenian Genocide And Anglo-French & ANZAC Gallipoli Invasion Centenary –
Genocide Ignored Yields Genocide Repeated
By Dr Gideon Polya
23 April, 2015
23 April, 2015
24 April 2015 is the 100th anniversary of the start of the Turkish WW1 Armenian Genocide and 25 April 2015 is the centenary of the unsuccessful and disastrous Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) invasion of
The Anglo-French (Allied) invasion of Anatolian Turkey in 1915 was part of an Anglo-French strategy to assist their ally Russia (that was cut off from the Mediterranean ) , to seize Constantinople (Istanbul), seize the oil-rich parts of the Middle East that were part of the Ottoman Empire, to further secure the Suez Canal and the Middle East between Europe and British and French Asian colonial possessions, and to establish a third front against Germany and Austria-Hungary in WW1. The tragedy of WW1 arose out of
Months of Anglo-French bombardment of the Dardanelles (linking the Black Sea and the
The actual Allied land invasion of the Dardanelles region at the Gallipoli Peninsular (on the northern or European side of the
However actively encouraging the vulnerable Ottoman Empire, the sick man of Europe, into war on the side of Germany (the initiating ploy by the British was to commandeer 2 warships being built in Britain for the Turkish Navy) was a great success for the British Empire which by 1916 was in a position to carve up the former Ottoman possessions in the oil-rich and strategic Middle East between itself and France via the notorious Sykes-Picot Agreement.
One is reminded of the determined and ultimately successful British efforts under Winston Churchill to get Japan into WW2 – this led to US entry into the war and thus inevitable victory but at the dreadful cost of scores of millions of lives , notably the 40 million Chinese killed by the Japanese (1937-1945) and 6-7 million Indians deliberately starved to death by the British in the man-made Bengal Famine 1942-1945 (with Australia being complicit in this Bengali Holocaust and Indian Holocaust by withholding grain from its huge wartime what stores) . Indeed Churchill commented: “It was a blessing that
The period of WW1 and its aftermath (1914-1923) was associated with not only the genocide of the Christian Armenians but also with by the expulsion or killing of most of the other remaining Christians in
The Kurds were repeatedly in revolt since WW1 variously against the Turkish, British, Iraqis or Iranian administering authorities in the general area of Kurdistan encompassing south east
One must note at this point that “holocaust” implies the destruction of a huge number of people and “genocide” is defined by Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention as “acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group” 
Subsequent 20th century and 21st century holocausts and genocides.
The Armenian Genocide (1.5 million Armenians killed) is sometimes described as the first 20th century genocide. However this distinction perhaps belongs to the Namibian Genocide in German-occupied
Other 20th century holocausts and genocides (dates and deaths from violence or violently imposed deprivation in parentheses) include the Influenza Epidemic (1918-1919, 50 million deaths with the disaster exacerbated by returning soldiers and trade in the global European empires); the Ukrainian Famine (1930-1933, 7 million deaths); the Stalinist Russian Holocaust (1922-1952, 8 million execution and Gulag deaths under Stalin, excluding famine victims); the WW2 Jewish Holocaust (1941-1945, 5-6 million deaths); the WW2 European Holocaust (1939-1945, 30 million Slavs, Jews and Gypsies killed); the WW2 Bengali Holocaust or Indian Holocaust (1942-1945 Bengal Famine, 6-7 million deaths); the WW2 Chinese Holocaust (1937-1945, 40 million deaths); the Korean Holocaust (1950-1953, 4.2 million deaths with 28% of the North Korean population killed by US bombing); Laotian Genocide (1955-1975 war with the US dropping more bombs on Laos in 1964-1975 than were dropped in WW2, 1.1 million deaths); the Algerian Genocide (1954-1962, 1.2 million deaths); the post-WW2 Chinese Holocaust (1958-1961, 20-30 million perished in famine associated with the Great Leap Forward in US-sanctioned China); the post-WW2 Indian Holocaust (350 million Indian avoidable deaths post-Independence); Afghan Genocide (1978-present, 12 million deaths); the Iraqi Genocide (1914-present, 9 million deaths); the Pakistani Bengali Genocide (1971, 3 million mostly males killed in a “gendercide”); the Cambodian Genocide (1969-1979, 3.9 million killed by US bombing and thence by the Khmer Rouge; 1975-1979, 1.2 million killed by the Khmer Rouge); the Vietnamese Genocide (1954-1975, 11.9 million deaths); the Guatemala Mayan Indian Genocide (1960-1996, 0.1 million deaths ); the Rwandan Genocide (1994, 1 million Tutsis and Hutus killed); the Congolese Genocide (1960-1997, 16.5 million deaths; 1994-2005, 10.1 million deaths); the Sudanese Genocide (1955-2005 excess mortality 12.4 million); the Eritrean Genocide (1962-1993, 1.1 million deaths ); the Ethiopian Genocide (1973-2003, droughts and wars were associated with 6 million untimely deaths); the Sri Lanka Tamil Genocide (1980- 2012, 0.1 million deaths); the Iranian Genocide (1980-1988, 1.5 million killed in the US-backed Iran -Iraq War and 1980-1988 excess deaths 2.1 million); and the Palestinian Genocide (1936-present, 2 million deaths including 0.1 million violent deaths) .
The period from 1978 onwards has been dominated by a US War on Muslims that one can date from the US-backed overthrow of the secular and progressive government of Afghanistan and US backing for the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, but in terms of direct US and US Alliance military involvement from 1990 in the post-1990 Zionist-backed US War on Muslims from Africa to South Asia that amounts to a Muslim Holocaust and Muslim Genocide in which 12 million Muslims have been killed through violence or violently-imposed deprivation, the breakdown for notable devastated countries being as follows: the Iraqi Genocide (1990-present, 4.6 million deaths, 5-6 million refugees); the Afghan Genocide (2001-present, 5.5 million, 3 million refugees); the Syrian Genocide (2011 - present, 0.2 million deaths, 9.5 million refugees ); the Libyan Genocide (2011 – present, 0.1 million deaths, 1 million refugees); and the ongoing Palestinian Genocide (1990-present, 0.1 million and now 7 million refugees) .
This horrifying catalogue of human misery must include the Global Avoidable Mortality Holocaust involving 1.3 billion avoidable deaths from deprivation in the period 1950-2005 alone . The Global Avoidable Mortality Holocaust continues with about 17 million people dying avoidably each year in the Developing World (minus
Much of this carnage can be linked to British, French and American imperialism operating largely in concert since WW1 and the various intense individual or collective involvements of the France- UK-US (FUKUS)
One notes that the Iraqi Genocide (9 million deaths, 5-6 million refugees), the Syrian Genocide (0.2 million deaths, 9.5 million internally or externally displaced ), and the Palestinian Genocide (2 million deaths, 90% of Palestine ethnically cleansed and now 7 million refugees) are continuing atrocities occurring in countries “liberated” by the attack on the Ottoman Empire by the British and the French with colonial contributions from the British Egyptian Labor Corps, the British Maltese Labor Corps, India, Canada (Newfoundland) , Australia and New Zealand. The genocidal British got off the mark quickly after invading Iraq in 1914, with the Australians invading Iraq in 1915 in Australia's First Iraq War (in 2014 Australia commenced its Seventh Iraq War) . Australian and New Zealand ANZAC forces can be said to have started the Palestinian Genocide with the massacre of about 100 Palestinian villagers in the December 1918 Surafend Massacre . The Syrian Genocide can be seen to have commenced with the 1967 onwards ethnic cleansing of the Golan Heights by UK-, US-, Canada-, France-, Australia and New Zealand-backed by Apartheid Israel. The current Syrian Genocide began in earnest in 2011 with US,
Denial of the Armenian Genocide and other genocides.
The surviving Armenians and their descendants are resolutely concerned to remember the Genocide that decimated their people (as are the surviving European Jews and their descendants in relation to the WW2 Jewish Holocaust). In contrast, of the
While Turkey and Azerbaijan deny the Armenian Genocide and Turkey has made it a crime to talk of the Armenian Genocide, denial of the Armenian Genocide has been criminalized by some countries, namely Greece, Cyprus, Slovakia and Switzerland (Italy has criminalized genocide denial in general but France dropped attempts to criminalize denial of the Armenian Genocide on freedom of speech grounds) .
Countries recognizing the Armenian Genocide include
The Syrian ruler President Assad has acknowledged the Armenian Genocide as have 43
History ignored yields history repeated.
A search of the ABC (
Anzac Day is sacred in
Genocide ignoring and holocaust ignoring are far, far worse than repugnant genocide denial and holocaust denial because the latter can at least admit the possibility of debate.
2015 being the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing has resulted in a hugely expensive government and corporate propaganda effort that has concerned thoughtful Australians. The most tacky commercialization of the Gallipoli tragedy was a major supermarket chain with the slogan “we're the fresh food people” putting up an Anzac Day advertisement with the heading “fresh in our memories”. However in addition to the genocide ignoring, what deeply offends about the official Mainstream Australian narrative about Gallipoli is that this horrendous military disaster from invading a distant country at the behest of British imperialism somehow “defined” Australian nationhood – to the exclusion of the reality that when Australia achieved independence in 1901 it was one of the foremost liberal democracies in the world with free speech, female suffrage, free, compulsory and secular education, accessible universities, vigorous media and free trade unions culminating in the 8 hour day in the 1920s (only for White people, of course, until after 1967).
The dark side of the Australian reality was (and remains) participation in genocidal wars and the ongoing Aboriginal Genocide - the Indigenous population dropped from about 1 million to 0.1 million in the first century since the British invasion in 1788, 2 million Aborigines have died untimely deaths since 1788 due to violence, deprivation or introduced disease, and of 350-750 Aboriginal dialects and cultures in 1788 only 150 remain of which all but 20 are endangered, the more so through continuing forced removal of Aboriginal children from their mothers, massively disproportionate imprisonment, compulsory school instruction in English and now adumbrated forced closure of about 150 remote Aboriginal communities on their ancestral lands inhabited thus for about 60,000 years. The Australian War Memorial refuses to include any mention of the 2 million Indigenous Australians who died untimely deaths in the Aboriginal Genocide or the tens of thousands of Aborigines who were violently killed defending their land and their families against the European invaders in the “frontier wars” that only ceased with the last massacres of Aborigines in the 1920s .
Australian law academic Professor George Venturini has commented on Anzac Day observance thus: “As for Anzac Day, now artfully managed and marketed by official organisations of all kinds, it is for everyone to see that during the past thirty/forty years, at least, the last of the real Anzac departed, the whole thing has become a circus, with speeches, flyovers, big screens showing collages of ‘military history' - and all the better to be observed from a couch, guzzling beer. Alcohol consumption is part of the tradition. Rum was provided at Gallipoli to the poorchrists who were about ‘to go over'. In their honour is now consumed in the tranquillity of one's home or the noise of a public bar. No offence is intended to the memory of the Anzacs in pointing out that their sacrifice was not a declaration of independence, that Australia was not born there and then, and that they were the victims more than the protagonists of that part of Australia's imperial history which is now gone, along with the Empire” .
A controversial Australian advertising campaign by Australia's largest brewery used the Australian Governor General, former Vietnam veteran and former head of Australian defence forces, General Peter Cosgrove, saying “raise a glass” of beer to serving personnel and veterans (the brewer made large donations to veterans causes). One notes that 80,000 Australians die preventably each year and of these 5,600 Australians die alcohol-related deaths annually . Yet Australia has committed to a presently $125 billion long-term accrual cost to Australia of the Zionist-promoted US War on Terror (10 million Muslims killed by violence or by war-imposed deprivation versus 1 million Australians dying preventably since the US Government's 9-11 false flag operation  and despite only 1 Australian having ever been killed in Australia by a Muslim-origin non-state terrorist) – an extraordinary fiscal perversion of spending billions of dollars on killing Muslims abroad instead of keeping Australians alive at home .
24 April 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the Turkish WW1 Armenian Genocide and 25 April 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the unsuccessful and disastrous Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) invasion of
Genocide ignoring and holocaust ignoring are far, far worse than repugnant genocide denial and holocaust denial because the latter can at least admit the possibility of debate. Decent people must expose and oppose war, mass murder and genocide ignoring by (a) informing everyone they can and (b) by urging and applying Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against all people, politicians, parties, companies, corporations, and countries involved in the commission and covering up of such atrocities.
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Dr Gideon Polya has been teaching science students at a major Australian university for 4 decades. He published some 130 works in a 5 decade scientific career, most recently a huge pharmacological reference text "Biochemical Targets of Plant Bioactive Compounds" (CRC Press/Taylor & Francis,
) and “Ongoing Palestinian Genocide” in “The Plight of the Palestinians (edited by William Cook, Palgrave Macmillan,
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