By Uzay Bulut
After the German parliament passed a symbolic resolution declaring that the mass killings and deportations of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915 was genocide, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to send back citizens of Armenia in Turkey back to Armenia.
Turkey recalled its envoy to Berlin and threatened further measures. The alleged “measures” included scorning, slandering and new threats against Armenians.
Erdogan threatens to drive out Armenians – again
After the German parliament passed a symbolic resolution declaring that the mass killings and deportations of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915 was genocide, Turkish state authorities – including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan — threatened to send back citizens of Armenia in Turkey back to Armenia.
“There are about 100,000 Armenians in my country,” said Erdogan. “Almost half of them are our citizens. They live in our country now. They work here. But there are as many Armenians who live in Turkey and are not our citizens.
“If we did not have sensitivity about this point, why should we keep Armenians who are not our citizens in our country? Just as Europeans are doing now, we will send them to Armenia. We can do that.”
Emphasizing in his speech that, “There is not a single issue in our [Turkish] history that we should be ashamed of,” Erdogan announced that, “The Armenian matter is used as a convenient tool of blackmailing – and even a stick — against Turkey all around the world. I very well know that the matter here is not Armenians and that they are just abused in the main game and are exploited.
“This matter has nothing to do with protecting the rights of Armenians,” added Erdogan. “I hope Armenians realize this truth and stop being used by others.”
Constitutional Law Professor Burhan Kuzu: “KafirGerman!”
“The kafir [infidel] German has done what it always does,” wrote Burhan Kuzu, an MP from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) from Istanbul, and former chairman of the Constitutional Commission of Turkey’s parliament, on his Twitter account.
“I have always said that Germany has never been a genuine friend of ours. After all, it was because of them that the Ottoman Empire dissolved.”
“The MPs in the German parliament,” continued Kuzu, “that are of Turkish origin that have signed the genocide decision should not set foot in this country.”
Kuzu, who is also a constitutional law professor, went on to define the MPs as “traitors.”
“Cem Ozdemir, an MP in Germany, spoke at the parliament with an Armenian rosette on and defended the Armenian genocide resolution. The traitors are all from the inside!” he ranted.
Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag: Turkish MPs in German parliament are “ignoble,” “degenerate”
“There are many MPs of Turkish origin in the German parliament,”said Bozdag.
“What kind of a character, what kind of a nature do they have? I do not understand. How can someone be such an enemy of his own mother, father, nation, ancestors and history? I understand the German. They did it for some calculations about Turkey.”
With several questions in his mind, Bozdag seemed lost and confused about the Turkish MPs recognition of the Armenian genocide.
“For what purpose did they do it? How come someone can have such an [inferiority] complex? Can someone be ashamed of their own ancestry and history? Yes, they can. That someone is a citizen of Turkey does not mean they tell the truth about Turkey all the time. Those ignoble, degenerate ones cannot represent Turkey or the Turkish nation. They cannot speak about us.”
Writers Union of Turkey: “The decision of the German parliament is a golden treasure for humor”
“Germans,” said the written statement of the Writers Union of Turkey, “are one of the most important powers of the world. But everyone knows that they have not got out of the U.S. control completely.
The Istanbul-based union implied that “Zionism” is behind the German recognition of the Armenian genocide:
“It could also be estimated that after the Second World War, the American control has continued in a way that evokes the burden of Zionism.
“In brief, Germany is not as independent as Turkey. How can we rationalize the genocide resolution of this controlled state? If their aim is to eat grapes, the Germans cannot eat even sour grapes with this policy. If they say, ‘Let’s harm Turkey no matter what,’ they cannot reach anywhere with this mentality.”
The Writers Union of Turkey also referred to the recognition of one of the greatest tragedies in history of mankind as “humor”: “The decision of the German parliament,” concluded the Union, “has no serious validity; it is a golden treasure for humor.”
Turkish nationalists in Istanbul: “The most beautiful Armenian is the slain Armenian”
On June 2, a group of Turkish nationalists in Istanbul organized a “protest” in front of the German consulate. The group gathered in the area supposedly to oppose the German recognition of the Armenian genocide, but with their slogans – such as “The most beautiful Armenian is the slain Armenian” – they fully demonstrated their own genocidal desires.
Among the slogans of the group were “Down with the Armenian Diaspora,” “The genocide is a lie and will remain a lie,” “How happy is he who says I am a Turk,” “Germany! Don’t be misled; don’t try our patience” and “Allahu akbar (Allah is the greatest).”
The Ottoman military band also joined the demonstration and played Ottoman marches.
The German parliament’s recognition of the Armenian genocide has revealed once again the ugliest “traditions” in Turkey: Racism, hate, a stubborn rejection of learning lessons from history and a proud inclination for genocide.
These traditions are shared by many groups, from state officials, writers to the average citizen. They are used to feed each group an incessant hatred for Armenians , a hatred that has not been quenched even after the Turkish regime managed to wipe out most Armenians from their ancient homeland.
Uzay Bulut is a Turkish journalist formerly based in Ankara. She is presently in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/uzayb