The Modern Turkish Variety of International Hypocrisy


On June 4, the pious and virtuous Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, lecturing the “cruel and heartless” Israel, publicly proclaimed:

I am openly appealing to the conscience of all humanity. During war, children should not be attacked, during war women and the elderly should not be attacked, during war civilians and religious men and women should not be attacked.

Reading this sermon, I wondered: did the words Armenian genocide cross the Prime Minister’s mind when he delivered that lofty speech? How could he appeal “to all humanity” on behalf of the Turkish society, whose history is forever spattered with the blood of innocent Armenian children and women? Didn’t he know that in 1915 his compatriots had committed the first genocide in the world history – and not against their external enemies, but against their own citizens?

The encyclopedia of the Armenian people, Armeniapedia.org, renders this description of those horrific events:

On April 25th, 1915, hundreds of Armenian leaders were murdered in Istanbul after being summoned and gathered. The now leaderless Armenian people were to follow.

[The genocide] was implemented through wholesale massacres and deportations, with the deportations consisting of forced marches under conditions designed to lead to the death of the deportees. The total number of resulting Armenian deaths is generally held to have been between one and one and a half million.

Well, maybe Mr. Prime Minister thinks that the massacre of the Armenians is not such a big deal, since it had occurred almost 100 years ago. Then what about the massacres and pogroms of Greeks, which had taken place in not so distant past? Doesn’t Mr Erdogan remember the frightful 1955 Greek pogroms in Istanbul? Doesn’t he know that the Turkish mob had been assaulting the Istanbul’s Greek community for nine horrendous hours in a row?

The New World Dictionary of the American language defines hypocrisy as pretending to be what one is not; or to feel what one does not feel, especially, a pretense of virtue and piety.”

But his definition should be classified as the description of simple hypocrisy; and, because of its simplicity, this definition cannot be applied to Mr. Tayyip Erdogan. He is a worthy representative of the more sophisticated degree of this phenomenon – the so-called international hypocrisy.

Mr. Erdogan is not a fool; he knows very well that in confronting the gang of Islamic and Leftist thugs near the shores of Gaza on May 31 the Israeli Navy acted responsibly. Still, being the ultimate hypocrite, with all the blood of the massacred Armenians and Greeks soiling the Turkish history, he didn’t hesitate to lecture the “brutal” Israelis with this homily:

The sixth commandment says “thou shalt not kill“. Did you not understand? I’ll say again. I say in English “you shall not kill“. To slay innocent people, to treat civilians like terrorists is degradation in the eyes of humanity.

No, Mr. Erdogan, Israeli soldiers didn’t treat “civilians like terrorists”; they treated terrorists like terrorists.

And the real degradation in the eyes of humanity is to falsely accuse the truly democratic Israel by Prime Minister of the country, culpable of killing 1.5 million of its own citizens.