The Other Genocide of Christians

One of the most refreshing aspects of Resolution 296 -- which acknowledges the Armenian Genocide, and which the House recently overwhelmingly voted for -- is that it does not exclude those other peoples who also suffered a genocide under the Ottoman Turks.  The opening sentence of Resolution 296 recognizes “the campaign of genocide against Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriacs, Arameans, Maronites, and other Christians.” And that last word -- Christians -- is key to understanding this tragic chapter of history: Christianity is what all those otherwise diverse peoples had in common, and therefore it -- not nationality, ethnicity, or grievances -- was the ultimate determining factor concerning whom the Turks would and would not “purge.” The genocide is often conflated with the Armenians because many more of them than other ethnicities were killed -- causing them to be the face of the genocide.  According to generally accepted figures,...(Read Full Article)
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