Sunday, January 17, 2016

Turkey CONFRONTS Its Critics?

Not to put too fine a point on it, yesterday's Wall Street Journal reported that  "Turkey Confronts Its Critics".  How about, "Turkey Arrests Its Critics"! According to the Wall Street Journal, "The government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who on Friday visited the site of this week's suicide-bomb attack in Istanbul, temporarily detained at least 12 scholars who signed a letter criticizing Turkey's fight against Kurdish rebels."

As an Armenian Armerican, Marash Girl is all too aware of the arrests and hangings of the Armenian intellectuals by the Young Turk Government in 1915, an action that foreshadowed the beginning of the Armenian Genocide when over 1.5 million Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire (Armenians, citizens of the Ottoman Empire, living in Marash, Aintep, Diarbekir, Harpout . . . and on, and on) were ultimately sent to their death . . . among them two of Marash Girl's great grandmothers who lived, yes, in Marash, Turkey (Ottoman Empire).


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