I have a small Lebanese perspective of this; we’ve had our little genocide as well.
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Surely, that too would qualify as genocide, though it is less "visible" than outright mass killings, and had many "parents", in addition to its Turkish main actors. But it is "impolitic" to talk about it, lest we upset powerful forces.
One Significance of the Holocaust
The Anti-Defamation League’s position is significant, not only because the Armenian Genocide denial by the Turks is the only case of state-sponsored denial, but because of its role in maintaining the memory of the victims of the Holocaust. I feel that this role is important, and need to grow, as technological progress is far outpacing the growth of human wisdom.
This dark side of technological progress is darkly illustrated in the Holocaust; aside from the obvious death toll and hatred, it is significant in the sheer "efficiency" of the murderers. A true "industrial age" mass murder.
This efficiency is set to increase, as an AK-47 improves upon an MP-44, itself an improvement on the Mauser, proud successor of the “Chassepot”. We’ll soon have some new developments which will further magnify the power of otherwise feeble idiots, and give new courage to cowards.
In facing off such truths, associations such as the ADL do not face the same limitations as the Lebanese or the Congolese. I feel that the sacrifice of the victims of the Holocaust deserve a more universalistic attitude; after all, Hitler’s “master race” had plans for all our races, one after the other.
The Need for More Idealism
The need for principled positions is more important today than ever; we humans are more technologically able while comparatively less wise.
So we can ill-afford half measures, or any economies with the truth.
Update / Correction (
It is essential to keep one’s facts straight, and I have to thanks to R for the heads-up.
As reported by Ha’aretz, “Abe Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League”, has now done “an abrupt about-face”, by referring “to the Armenian massacre as a ‘genocide’ for the first time”, after “consulting with Nobel Prize-winning author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, Foxman referred”.
To be fair, the ADL was not alone in its initial opposition; “other large Jewish organizations have also refrained from supporting the bill” that calls “on the Bush administration to recognize the 1915-17 Turkish massacre of its Armenian minority as genocide”.