An Open Letter to President Barack Obama

Mr.  Barrack H. Obama
The President, USA

His Excellency,

While  we are  getting closer to 24 th of April  we have been  receiving  news   from the press that you are being  requested  to recognize  the so called  Armenian genocide  and  convince Turkish Government  to  recognize  as well.  Armenians’ claims are mostly based on rumours and not valid historical documents. This is the reason why they abstain from participating in a neutral commission or officially and legally apply to U.N.’s Judicial Authorities. In fact, genocide  claims must be scrutinized in the  context of UN  rules  and  regulations. UN so far recognized the 1945 holocaust and the Rwanda massacres as genocide, both resolved by International tribunals. I want to comment that  should our President and the Congress  accept  Armenians’ proposal will totally paradoxical to U.S. official documents, that prove the very opposite, such as the “Near East Relief report of Dec.31, 1921 voted unanimously by US Senate Congress and Senate. This report makes no reference to any atrocities, almost thanks Turks for taking care of orphans and protecting relief operations. It states that 1.414.000 Armenians are alive. Total Armenian Population in Turkey and Caucasus was under 2 million; this report evidences about 586.000 Armenians lost their lives. Russian Armenian historian and Soviet records attest that 195.000 Armenians died in Armenia during their 30 month Dashnakist Republic 1918-1920. Another Leage of Nations Official Gazette of Sept.21, 1929 officially evidences that 200.000 Armenian Revolutionaries sacrificed their lives when fighting for the Allied Powers (against their home country). US Official records (Captain Emory Niles in August 1919 and General Harbord’s Mission to Armenia, confirm that it was the Armenian revolutionaries who killed all Moslems with “refinements of cruelty”. Does today’s Administration have the right to reverse history or nullify official US documents?

–       The   decision to blame a nation with genocide guilt is under the  authority of UN’s OSAPG office and UN procedures carried by special UN secretary for genocide affairs in an international court. US and world documents by thousands evidence the various revolutions of Armenian volunteers, gangs and troops and sabotaging the Turkish Army’s  logistic lines, who were fighting British at Dardanels and Russians in the Caucasus. This “military measure” was successful, when there were no homes to shelter  and feed them the Revolutionaries evacuated the area. Wrong doings during the war chaos and insufficient guarding of immigrants were punished in early 1916 over 1600 martial courts, whereby over some 1200 suspects were heavily penalized and 67 of them executed.

–      The Blue Book was confirmed to be war propaganda and was not accepted by the Prosecutor in Malta trials 1920-1922. The information given by Ambassador Morgenthau in his “story book” is directly refuted and reversed with what he had written himself in his diary for the same incidents. These are all documented in books available at the Congress Library.

–        When the WW I was over, Allied Armies occupied Istanbul and  they immediately  searched  all archives, including UK and US’ s.  Ottoman Government requested  five neutral European  states  to assign  judges to study hearsays produced  by  Armenians  and  their supporters.  While   the British government decided  to judge the  accused  144 Turkish dignitaries / commanders  in Malta, the  other allied members declined to participate .  More than  two years of search for valid  documents by the  British court ended  without  a  single  indictment  and they were forced to set the Turkish  dignitaries free.

 –       At any rate the following note verbale of Sir Eric Drummond, General Secretary of the League of Nations, dated March 1, 1920 is definite evidence that Turkish governments were not involved in any banditries or massacres.     < “Further, in Turkey, minorities were often oppressed and massacres carried out by irregular bands who were entirely outside the control of the central Turkish Government.” >

–       US Senate  sent Major  General Harbord with a delegation to Turkey.  Gen. Harbord  after  an extensive   survey  reported  to the US  Senate  that  provocations were staged by the   British on Armenians  to encourage  them to join the  war against the Ottoman Empire.  In his report Gen. Harbord  mentioned moslem losses, too.

–       The  first PM of  Armenia  Hovannes Katchaznouni says, in 1923 ; “The Sevres Treaty had blinded everyone’s eyes… We now see that if we had agreed on a settlement with the Turks directly (in spite of the Sevres Treaty) we might have gained a lot. But we could not see this point…It is also a reality, an unforgivable reality that we did not do anything to avoid war, but did just the opposite;  we created excuses for it.”

–       Armenians,  referring to Hitler,  use  a clause as such; “ Who remembers Armenians” . That clause  was refused when presented to the Nuremberg trials.  U.S. Military archives lately  disclosed that there was no such statement in the speech of Hitler.

–       Dec.17, 2013 The  European Court of  Human Rights decision states; “……Moreover, Court acknowledged the fact that it would be very difficult to identify a general consensus in the academic community concerning the legal characterization of the events of the time as genocide. “

I  kindly request  you  not  to produce a decision  using  fabricated  documents.  I kindly request  once  again  you  not  to consider the  proposals  of Armenians,  but please  mention  the suffering of  both sides instead.

Respectfully Yours,

Orhan Tan
obaAnkara

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