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September 11, 2004

Now With 100% More Pictures Of Genocidal Killers

Recently in the comments Anna Ghonim joked about someone turning reality on its head by not just denying the Armenian genocide occurred, but claiming the real crime was that Armenians had killed huge numbers of Turks.

Unfortunately, we live on The Planet Where Jokes Come True. Thus there are numerous people who've made exactly this claim.

For instance, take the fellow in the snappy fez below:


(Picture swiped from The Burning Tigris)

Talaat was one-third of the Young Turk triumvirate ruling Turkey during World War I. In his memoirs, he explained that he (and his mustache) were "innocent of ordering any massacres." And there was more to it than just his innocence, he complained: "Armenian bandits... killed more than 800,000 Mohammedans."

This tradition of intellectual and moral integrity continues with a pamphlet produced recently by the Assembly of Turkish American Associations. It explains:

In recent years claims have been made by some Armenians in Europe, America, and elsewhere that the Armenians suffered terrible misrule in the Ottoman Empire. Such claims are absurd. Armenians were deported because they were a security threat and were massacring Muslims but great care was taken by the Ottoman government to prevent the Armenians from being harmed...

Then there's a 1995 book called Armenian Violence and Massacre in the Caucasus and Anatolia, written by Ismet Binark, director of the Turkish national archives. As Salon describes it,

...[Binark] argues that "the Armenian question" has been invented as part of a scheme to undermine Turkey in the world's eyes. "The Turks have always been fair and just and tender against the people and minorities under their patronage," Binark writes in the egregiously translated English edition. The Armenians, however, were guilty of "ingratitude and betrayal" during World War I. The book then offers page after page of examples of Armenian atrocities against Muslims.

Those damn Armenians! But you know, what really gets ME mad nowadays are all these claims that I've killed thousands of ants in my apartment with Raid. Why is no one willing to tell the TRUTH, which is that the ants have actually used Raid to kill thousands of me?

Posted at September 11, 2004 09:56 AM | TrackBack

Oh. God. I am not sure that I wanted to hear about this. But thanks anyhow. What a mustache.

Posted by: Anna in Cairo at September 15, 2004 06:22 AM


I like to think that I am a one stop shop for all your unpleasant information needs.

Up next: I rip the lid off the real motives of kittens and puppies!

Posted by: Jonathan Schwarz at September 15, 2004 09:26 AM

The Editors at the poorman dot net already have exposed the kitten game.

Posted by: Anna in Cairo at September 15, 2004 10:31 PM
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