E-mail sent to House of Commons Parliamentarian Tim Loughton on His Bill to be introduced on November 9, 2011 for the recognition of “Armenian genocide” by the British Government
Dear Honorable Tim Loughton, MP
House of Commons, UK
November 9, 2021
It has come to my attention that you are planning to introduce a Bill to the Parliament with regard to the recognition of “Armenian Genocide,” and I decided to send you this message. I understand what prompted you to introduce such a Bill is that 31 countries have recognized such genocide.
When Galileo argued that the Earth revolves around the Sun, he faced Inquisition because he opposed the conventional wisdom held by the Catholic Church. Same goes with your position that “Armenian genocide” is a fact because 31 countries have recognized it. There are some 160 states that are members of the United Nations, that have not recognized “Armenian genocide.” So much about your argumentation based on “numbers.”
But more to the point, the British had plenty of chance to weigh genocidal charges against Turks when, after World War I, they arrested and took 144 high Ottoman government officials to the island of Malta for prosecution on grounds that they had perpetrated mass killings against Armenians. The High Majesty’s Prosecutor dismissed the case for lack of evidence; hence there was no conviction. The High Majesty’s Washington Embassy staff even made an exhaustive search for evidence in the U.S. State Department files, but to no avail.
The accusation of genocide against a nation is a serious stuff, and by virtue of the 1948 UN Convention on Genocide, the recognition of such a crime requires determination by a competent tribunal. In the case of “Armenian genocide,” there is no such determination. All recognitions of “Armenian genocide” by various parliaments, individuals, and the like, to date are merely political in nature driven by anti-Turkish, anti-Muslim bias, and propelled by Armenian propaganda. To better familiarize yourself with “Armenian genocide” accusations, I suggest you read about the European Court of Justice’s ruling in 2003, and the findings of the European Court of Human Rights (2013 and 2015) and France’s Constitutional Council (2016) on the matter. And ask yourself why, to date, the Armenian side has shied away from bringing its accusations before the International Court of Justice.
To be honest, when it comes to killings and human tragedy, the Armenians did for more killing of the Turks than the other way around. But this is another matter. You should rise above prejudice and bigotry, and stay with historical truth.
Ferruh Demirmen, Ph.D.