|Front page of Turkish newspaper Taraf during the last week of January 2012.|
|Ahmet Altan, Editor of Taraf, speaking at the Armenian Library and Museum of America|
On Saturday night, Ahmet Altan, Editor in Chief of the Turkish newspaper Taraf, (published in Istanbul), spoke to an overflowing crowd of Turks and Armenians at the Armenian Library and Museum of America in Watertown, Massachusetts. His message? Speak to the heart, not to the mind. His newspaper, Taraf, in reponse to the new French law outlawing genocide denial, published his message in flaming red letters : The events of 1915 were a genocide. Expanding on that message, he cautioned not to argue about numbers. "If even one person was killed because s/he was an Armenian, it was genocide." He went on. "Turks do not know the history; they have not been taught the history. You must speak to their hearts, not to their minds. Tell them your stories. Tell me your stories. I will publish your stories in my newspaper and they will know the truth."