Thursday, February 07, 2008
Jean Eckian: Armenians throughout the globe should unite to resist Turkish denialist campaign
/PanARMENIAN.Net/ USA Armenian Life Magazine (USA) and Nouvelles of Armenie Magazine (France) published an Appeal to the leaders of the Armenian Diaspora to resist the Turkish policy of the Armenian Genocide denial, the author of the article, independent French journalist Jean Eckian told PanARMENIAN.Net. “The time has come for all Armenians to unite against a Turkish government-sponsored surge in denialism.“In the name of our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents exterminated since 1895 by successive regimes of the Turkish Ottoman Empire, it is today the duty of all the Armenian political organizations to agree on a project of "counter-attack" to eliminate the denialist efforts of Turkish leaders.“Each passing day brings a new Turkish initiative with a clear objective to obstruct the American and French genocide-related resolutions. This becomes intolerable for our people which call on activists worldwide to counter en masse the blackmail and shameless lies propagated by the cohorts of denialist Turks.“They have already succeeded in intimidating a few U.S. Representatives. They succeeded in sowing doubt in the spirit of French politicians. They have declared economic blackmail against all countries that recognize the indisputable reality of the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek Genocides. They create false historians’ commissions. They threaten and kill the men who dare speak freely and openly. They lack respect towards a candidate to the presidential election of the United States because he declares recognizing the Armenian Genocide. They export violence into other countries. They vandalize the monuments to our Martyrs. They spread hatred and false information on Internet. They threaten Armenians of Diaspora. They want to suppress their righteous intellectuals many of whom are exiled abroad. They stole the property of destroyed Armenian families. They erased the Armenian cultural heritage. They maintain a blockade against Armenia and maintain their occupation army in Cyprus. They muzzle free expression with Article 301. They just created a television station with programs in the Armenian language to brainwash our compatriots in Armenia-Artsakh and around the world. They know the truth, but they hide this from the Turkish people.“Who are they? The whole world knows. But the world has also other problems.“Leaders of Armenian political and other worldwide organizations must start a major project this year. Radio and television stations, newspapers, magazines and websites of all countries where Armenians live must help and invite the silent majority to join the activists and sympathizers of the just Armenian Cause.“Let’s decide together today to launch this massive, worldwide action. Let’s organize an international day of protest by Armenians. Let's synchronize the hour, the day of marches on each continent. The people of the world must be reminded. Let’s get on with it now! Tomorrow will be too late.“Until when will we express support of our Cause without real action? The articles in the press are not enough! The Armenian world must go into the street. But the Armenians of the world need to be informed now in order to create tomorrow’s political electric shock. Thanks for helping evolve this idea by transmitting it to the leaders. Lest we let our Cause be bogged down. Let’s make The Walk of Life now! If Not Us, Then Who? If Not Now, Then When?” the appeal says.