Armenian issue tops world agenda
For decades now, Armenian issue has been on the agenda of international politics with ups and downs.
Although the central story is the incidents and pain that took place in 1915, there's a much bigger campaign. The main target of the campaign is Ottomans and the Republic of Turkey and it's backed by global and regional actors. Thus, it evolved into an international political matter. What the Armenian lobby, certain countries and certain leaders define as the Armenian Genocide is politicization of a historical matter. It's taking a 100 year-old problem and turning it into a political interest and balance gameplay. Recent "genocide" statement of Pope Francis and "genocide" decision of European Parliament are meant to put pressure on Turkey, which is placed in the suspect seat. While supporting one manufactured "claim" on the Armenian issue, the international actors are turning a blind eye on the other side of the story. The campaign packaged by the Armenian genocide envelope is supported by these actors and they pay no respect to the opposite view.
There are certain questions the be asked by objective and concerned people. Apparently the first question is: "What truely happened 100 years ago and do these claims hold water?" Second question is: "Why are the politicians involved in this page of history?" Third question is: "What is the position of Armenians, Ottomans or Turks who are labelled as the victims and perpetrators of this hostical incident?"
The answer to the first question requires a thorough historical debate. Everyone with an objective eye must know that historical debates can only be made over documents and solid evidence. Therefore, in order to prove the reality of the Armenian genocide, the claims must be backed by documents and evidence with scientific certainty. All historians and intellectuals know that it is not possible to prove history and a historical event with 100% certainty. Because whatever happened in history took place in the past and it's not possible to talk of it with absolute certainty. History is such a huge complex ocean that it's not possible for a researcher to find or produce proper materials for their purpose or claim.
History is a bucket of countless good, bad, positive and negative facts. Any opinion to be drawn from among millions of documents in the bucket of history is bound to change depending on the available material. It's possible to create simultaneous victories and defeats in history. Therefore, drawing conclusions from history is a matter of angles. One can draw a pitch black or shiny white picture of history. For this feature, history is not a scientific discipline but rather a totally subjective and relative evaluation process. Defining April 24, 1915 incidents as the Armenian genocide and approving them as objective and scientific fact is entirely a political approach. It is politicization of history through symbols.
Historical analyses are in fact political preferences. Our perception of history is created by the historical angle we embrace; it means we either don't know the other side of the story or that we do not accept it. Therefore, judgements on historical problems are in fact political and ideological preferences. And that means contribution or service to a process of turning history into ideology. In this regard, adoption of the Armenian genocide claims means supporting the use of Armenian story by certain "politicians " and ideologists as an ideological tool. This is a problem for modern, rational and free thought.
Armenian genocide discourse is meant to put Turkey in strategic chains with the excuse of sufferings and mistakes of the past. This is a grave unfairness against Armenians, whose painful experiences must be met with sympathy and sorrow and Turks, who are labelled as the perpetrators. Pushing Armenians and Turks against each other, who have lived together for thousands of years is a mistake against the feelings of both nations. This approach to the Armenian history does not help anyone have a fair understanding of issues and it certainly doesn't ease the current tension. It neither serves the best interest of Armenians, nor the Turks and the rest of the world.
Instead of sentencing a country over the sufferings of the past, deriving lessons from the past and having a healthier present is more rational. This is not forgetting the past but establishing the present with all the positive and negative evaluations of the past.
Turkey considers condemnation of 1915 incidents as an act of humanity. Moreover, Turks and Armenians are still living together at present. It should not be disregarded that Armenian citizens of Turkey are playing a role in the development of the country in every field. There are successful Armenian figures in various fields like media, social media, economy, and education. One of Prime Minister's chief advisors is an Armenian-Turkish citizen. There are Armenian candidates running for a seat in the parliament on June 7 elections. Indeed, all Armenians deserve more than what they have in equal citizenship conditions. In order for them to get what they deserve we should all focus on the present rather than the past.