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Topic: Turkey Threatens to Ban Australian Politicians
Posted By: Mal Murray
Subject: Turkey Threatens to Ban Australian Politicians
Date Posted: 05 Sep 2013 at 09:05
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Turkey Threatens to Ban Australian Politicians from Gallipoli (4/9/2013).

Gallipoli, Turkey – A diplomatic row between Turkey and politicians from the Australian state of New South Wales is threatening the commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings, whichresulted in the deaths of more than 130,000 soldiers.

The dispute erupted after the NSW Parliament passed a motion recognizing an alleged Armenian genocide by the Turks, which began around the same time as Australian, New Zealand, Indian, British and Frenchforces began their campaign to seize control of the Dardanelles. At the time, Turkey was in a state of upheaval amid ethnic wars and the breakdown of the Ottoman Empire,which would eventually lead to the creation of modern-day Turkey in 1923.

Turkish historian Kenan Celik say s the facts that ethnic cleansing and massacres took place was not in dispute, but the use of the word “genocide”—primarily a post World War II term indicating the deliberate and systematic destruction of an ethnic group—remains hotly contested. “This whole region was lawless for more than 10 y ears. Killings, looting, rape and massacres were common and there was no organized government. So it’s wrong to say it was genocide,” he said.
More than 20 countries have recognized the slaughter of up to 1 .5 million Armenians as genocide, alongside the slaughter of Greeks and Assyrians. In Australia, Christian campaigner and MP in the NSW Upper House Fred Nile was behind the campaign, arguing the Armenians have no time for arguments about definitions or the sensitivities of the modern Turkish state.

"(The Ottoman Turks) just eliminated people systematically—community by community , village by village," Nile told Australian radio. "In fact it's interesting that when Adolf Hitler planned the genocide of the Jews there were some questions asked and he said himself 'Don't worry , who remembers the Armenian genocide?' Who remembers it?"

The motion was unanimously passed in both houses of the NSW Parliament and came after the Fairfield local council in Sydney ’s Western suburbs approved construction of a memorial to the alleged Assyrian genocide, described by one Turkish official as “very offensive.” Nile along with some historians have also used eyewitness reports from Australian and New Zealand prisoners of war who, while interned, witnessed the forced evictions of Armenian villages.

The response from Turkey ’s hardline Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to Nile’s outbursts has been
predictably harsh.

To protect our history, we must secure it's future.

Posted By: Peter Trounson
Date Posted: 10 Sep 2013 at 00:05
Good old Fred. Might not always agree with what he says but he speaks his mind. Unlike most politicians you know what he truly believes in.



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