1365) Armenian Terrorists' Solidarity for Other Terror Causes & How One Armenian Justified Armenian Terror

*Armenian Terrorists' Solidarity for Other Terror Causes
*How One Armenian Justified Armenian Terror

Armenian Terrorists' Solidarity for Other Terror Causes

It's no secret Armenian terrorists worked in conjunction with other terrorist groups, particularly the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). On this page, we'll examine how these different terrorist groups or individuals interacted.

1) ASALA Bigwig Hagopian with Israeli Blood on His Hands?
2) Carlos and the Armenians
3) Terrorists and the Drug Trade
4) Armenians Support Radical Moslems
5) Links Between Armenian and Islamic Terror

ASALA Bigwig Hagopian with Israeli Blood on His Hands?
The Armenian Reporter February 7, 1985, p. 1


New York NY—Hagop Hagopian alias Mihran Mihranian and 'Mojahed' is said to have taken part in the terrorist attack on Israeli athletes during the 1972 Olympic Games held in the West German city of Munich, according to published reports in the French press.

Le Matin the influential Paris daily, based on unidentified sources, claimed last week that Hagop Hagopian, the founder and leader of one faction of the Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia (ASALA), was among the Arab terrorists who staged an attack on the living quarters of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games. The attack was later referred to as the “Munich Massacres," as the result of the killing of a number of these athletes. In this connection, there have been consistent reports that Mr. Hagopian was first active in the Palestine guerilla cause and then in 1975 founded ASALA with the cooperation of a few Armenian young men in the Lebanese capital of Beirut.

The French paper identifies Mr. Hagopian as Bedros Ohanesian, an Armenian who was born in the Iraqi city of Mosul. He is described as 38 years old, short, on the heavy side and with a dark complexion. The paper said Hagopian’s mother was not Armenian, making him only half Armenian. Le Monde added that up to 1982, Hagopian operated out of Beirut, Lebanon, but escaped from the country when Israeli forces entered the city. It was about this time that a statement issued by ASALA claimed that Mr. Hagopian was dead of wounds suffered during a bombing by the Israeli Air Force, although it is generally believed that the mysterious leader is alive and well and presently is residing alternately in Damascus, Syria, and Athens, Greece. The paper also noted that the socialist government of Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou and his P.A.S.O.K. panty accepted the Armenian underground leader with “open arms’ and are stilling providing him with assistance simply because of Greece’s traditional enmity with Turkey.

Le Matin further adds that ASALA derives only a small portion of its expenditures from wealthy Armenians who support the cause, with the rest coming either from other sources on from proceeds of an involvement in drug trafficking. The paper asserts that Bulgarian authorities also assist ASALA in obtaining all types of weapons that are used against Turkish targets and diplomats.
Carlos and the Armenians

The Nation, June 22, 1985, p. 759.


Carlos, the notorious international killer, surfaced on Spanish television recently in an interview filmed at a Colombian hide-out. The Venezuelan fugitive was allegedly the brains behind numerous terrorist spectaculars, including the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich.
Carlos the Jackal; alleged to
have killed over 80

Apparently having forsaken the beleaguered Palestine Liberation Organization, Carlos has become involved with Armenians seeking to avenge the genocide suffered by their forebears at the hands of the Turks. In the interview he told viewers, “We have links with the Armenian terrorist organizations. We help each other in every way and we collaborate closely.’

With characteristic immodesty, Carlos also claimed that his operatives totally control the South American drug traffic. He insisted that dealing narcotics should not be considered a crime because Americans need drugs to cope with their lives. His primary motive, however, seemed to be raising money to finance his revolutionary activities. Drug dealing, Carlos said, “is our most effective weapon, we can say it is our nuclear weapon. The narcotics trade enables us to continue our struggle against imperialist forces.’

It seems his new colleagues did not approve. “My Armenian friends at first disagreed with me on this issue and they resisted me,’ he explained. “I was even tried before a court they set up, but I was found innocent.’ If Armenian extremists have in fact embraced Carlos, it may bring them more headlines, but little else. Carlos’ previous clients have nothing to show for his alleged efforts on their behalf.

Terrorists and the Drug Trade

Mark S. Steinitz, “Insurgents, Terrorists and the Drug Trade,” The Washington Quarterly, Volume 8, Number 4, Fall 1985, p. 145.


Armenian terrorists operate in numerous countries, but they frequently are based in Lebanon, especially Beirut, where members of the Armenian community figure prominently~in the drug traffic. As the French press recently assented, it seems likely that at least some of these drug profits find their way into terrorist coffers.

In 1980 Noubar Sofoyan, an Armenian drug smuggler with Lebanese citizenship, was indicted in the U.S. for heroin smuggling. Sofoyan had been arrested in Switzerland in 1976 for allegedly helping fund right-wing Armenian terrorists who bombed a Turkish installation in Zurich. In 1981 he was arrested in Greece on drug changes, but extradited to Lebanon where he was released, most likely because of pressure exerted on the Minister of Justice.

Also in 1981, Swedish police arrested a group of Armenian narcotics smugglers who were also in possession of documents and publications linking them to a leftist Armenian terrorist group, the Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia (ASALA). The smugglers were also linked to Armenian traffickers in the United States. Although the Swedes were never able to prove that the arrested traffickers had passed money to terrorists, ASALA issued several threats against Swedish interests on behalf of the jailed drug dealers and may have been behind an unsuccessful attempt to help one of them escape custody.

In early 1983 the Turkish press, citing Interpol sources, claimed that nine kilograms of heroin seized on Cyprus belonged to a Greek smuggling ring that helped fund ASALA. The Turkish press also claimed that one of the ASALA terrorists who participated in the June 1983 attack on the Istanbul covered bazaar, later hid at the home of a drug smuggler.

Armenians Support Radical Moslems

The Armenian Reporter, January 17, 1985.


Source- BEIRUT, Lebanon—A leftist Armenian group earlier in the week, declared full support for Jihad Islami, an extremist organization that has claimed several anti-Armenian (sic) bombing attacks and gun-point abductions in Lebanon oven past few months. The Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia (ASALA), expressed its support for the radical Lebanese group for its revolutionary activities in a statement which was distributed to Western wine services here. The statement said Jihad Islamic organization, which translates as “Islamic Holy War,” with its revolutionary activities “has brought new momentum to the righteous struggle of oppressed people of the Middle East and the struggle for the liberation of Western Armenia from the fascist Turkish regime.” The statement said the struggle for the liberation of Armenian lands was an inseparable part of the righteous struggle of the Armenian people.

“Jihad Islami” is believed to have been composed of radical Shiite Moslems, who are loyal to Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini. The group has also maintained close links with other such radical organizations, including the “party of God” which has claimed the bombings of the U.S. Embassy first in West Beirut, and then in East Beirut.

Links Between Armenian and Islamic Terror


Associated Press Wire Service, December 31 1985

BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP)—The terrorist group Islamic Jihad, which claims to hold six Americans and four Frechmen hostage in Lebanon, said today it would carry out more kidnappings and suicide bombings against Americans in 1986. The shadowy group, believed to be made up of Shiite Moslem zealots loyal to Iran, also threatened in an English-language statement to strike at Israeli targets “all oven the world.”

The statement, mailed to a western news agency in Beirut, said the group’s high command made a decision to continue the attacks at an extraordinary Nov. 25 meeting. It did not say where the meeting was held on provide any more details about it.

It singled out Turkey as a “tool for implementation” of Israeli and U.S. policies in the Middle East and threatened terrorist attacks against Turkish embassies in Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Libya, West Germany, Austria, and France.

It warned Turkey to “stop supporting the U.S. and Israeli policies, to cut short its own subversive activities against the Arab nations, and liquidate the spy dens at its embassies, subsidiaries of the C.I.A. and the (Israeli Secret Service) Mossad.”

The statement did not list any specific Turkish activities.

“The High Command of the Islamic Jihad organization decided: The merciless punitive operations against American imperialism will continue until the United States stops interfering into the home affairs of the Arab nations and supporting the Israeli aggressors,” the statement said. It said, “punitive operations against the Israeli marauders terrorizing the Palestinian and Lebanese peoples will continue not only in the occupied Arab lands but they will spread all oven the world.

“The bomb attacks, the kidnappings and the assassinations of terrorists from over the ocean (overseas) will continue,” it said. “The terrorist Reagan must know that other American embassies and warships will be blown out like the American Embassy and the marine headquarters in Beirut. The partial withdrawal of American personnel from Beirut won’t mislead us on save them.”

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How One Armenian Justified Armenian Terror

Some Armenians can be so sneaky. The entire community was mostly silent over the horrible period where Armenian extremists were causing so much death and destruction, which meant most condoned these criminal actions (as we know from the world of genocide, "Silence is Compliance.") Yet even though too many Armenians loved what their "freedom fighters" were doing (to the point of establishing defense funds when a few were caught; Armenian culture is taught to revere Armenian terrorists who have excelled in taking the lives of innocents, such as Dro and Antranik), they made sure to publicly state that they do not support terrorism. (Which, of course, they had to do... even though most did not mean it. As Cyrus Hamlin wrote in one of his own rare displays of honesty: "Falsehood is, of course, justifiable where murder and arson are.")

This fellow, Randy Baloian, surely follows the rule. ("I am not condoning the assassination of Turkish officials.") But let's see how he felt no compunction in giving the green light to the fanatics among his community to keep pulling their triggers.

“As an Armenian, I never condone terrorism, but there must be a reason behind this. Maybe the terrorism will work. It worked for the Jews. They have Israel.“

Kevork Donabedian, the editor of The Armenian Weekly, as quoted in the November 18, 1980 issue of The Christian Science Monitor.

Randy Baloian, “Assassinated Turkish Officials Are Innocent?” Asbarez Newspaper, December 1, 1984, p. 14.


It is common practice these days to ascribe the term of innocence to a Turkish government official who has been assassinated by Armenian militants, whereupon I never fail to hear that apologetic line, ‘he wasn’t even born during the time of the massacres.” But let’s take a closer look at this application of innocence.

In this country we have a law which states—in so many words—that any person who conceals a crime is guilty of being an accomplice.

Now assume for the moment we forget the Genocide Convention of the United Nations, which states that the guilty party in the crime of genocide is the perpetuating state. (State being defined as a politically organized body of people occupying a definite territory. That is, the state continues even though its government may change.) By the way, the Genocide Convention had been signed by Turkey.

For the moment, let us also forget that the Turkish government is presently carrying out a policy of cultural genocide on the Armenian and Kurdish peoples within Turkey. A policy that has imprisoned Reverend Manuel Yergatian for 14 years because of “evidence” proving he undermined the Turkish government. The so-called evidence amounted to a map of Armenia and an April 24th lecture given in Jerusalem.

Let us instead devote our thoughts to the idea of the Turkish government as an accomplice to the crime of 1915.

Currently, the Turkish government is financing a movement to reinterpret Turkish history, more specifically to distort the events of the 1915 genocide. Take for instance Stanford Shaw’s book, History of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey, 1808-1975 (1977). In it, Shaw contends that the events of 1915—1918 were nothing more than misfortunes of war. He also accounts for the death of only 200,000 Armenians, while holding the Armenians responsible for the massacre of thousands of Muslim lives. In the future such distortions of history will no doubt increase, due to the backing of the Turkish government.

Armenians are no longer faced with a Turkish government content to sit idly by. Now, it is making an effort to sell its warped version of history—or at least instill doubts about the events of 1915—1918 to the historians of the world.

As individuals there is no question that the assassinated Turkish officials are innocent of the crime of 1915. It seems obvious they had nothing to do with the murders of Armenians in 1915—1918. However, as representatives of a government which blatantly denies and conceals the massacre of 1.5 million humans, I believe they can be considered nothing less than guilty.

We are sometimes led to believe that individuals are only responsible for their personal action. But as a member of an organization, an individual’s responsibility does not cease to exist. In most cases, an individual—who is part of an organization—accepts some of the responsibilities of that organization by overtly representing it.

I am not condoning the assassination of Turkish officials, but merely pointing out some considerations people tend to forget. I’ve always felt that ascriptions of guilt and innocence are dependent upon individual values and beliefs. However, a clearer understanding of the issues can only serve to improve the evaluation of this ascription.

"No sir, you will not find Armenians who will express disapproval or
distress for the assassination of Turkish governmental officials. It
is unfortunate that the attitude of the Turkish government vis-a-vis
Armenian demands dictates that more people have to die in pursuit of justice."

David Davidian, "professional Armenian patriot," and part of "The Genocide Archive Project" in recent years, from a Google usenet group on Turkish culture, circa 1989. In response to another Armenian who thought similarly (while stating that terrorism cannot be condoned, of course), Deniz Akkuz replied (May 2 1989): "Mr. Bedrossian, I am quite frankly appalled at your refusal to feel anything for people killed on duty. Unless there is a basic respect for human life, which I see that you lack, your cause is nothing more than howling for revenge and more blood."

Randy Baloian

As a California State University undergrad in Fresno, Randy Baloian was part of the "Armenian Studies Program," and served as an assistant editor and, later, editor, for their newspaper, Hye Sharzhoom, between 1984-1986, the latter year when he graduated; he may not be as active these days with the beloved genocide, working in anthropology as he appears to be doing. So let's try not to hold examples of his hot-blooded youth against him, even though we have to wonder whether his views have significantly changed in the intervening years... as deeply involved in Hai Tahd as he was. ("Armenian Studies" can too often represent a license for teaching hatred.)

It's not as much the person behind this article we need to focus on, as much as the incredible justification used for murder... since Mr. Baloian served as the rule, and not the exception, for the vengeance-minded in his community.

Take a look at the appalling reason being employed, here. A Turkish diplomat, whose multi-layered job is far from defined by the "Armenian genocide" serving as the obsession for so many Armenians, may only be identified as an "accomplice" to the "crime" of not recognizing the events of 1915 as a systematic extermination policy.

If someone is a murderer, and another assists in the crime in some tangential way but does not pull the trigger, should the punishment for this "accomplice" be execution? That's what poor Randy Baloian apparently believed in. (Even though he did not condone assassinations... of course.)

Naturally, the "murderer" in this case is the Turkish government; even though this is the government that had overthrown the Ottoman government. (Randy knew he was in trouble here, and tried to tell us the UN Genocide Convention holds the "state" responsible, even if a successor state. That is not what the UN Genocide Convention says at all; only individuals may be found guilty of the crime of genocide, not nations.) And let's face it; all the real evidence points to the Ottomans as not being behind a "Final Solution." The Armenians who lost their lives mainly died from famine and disease, as did the bulk of the 2.5 million other Ottomans who died, the ones who don't rate as human beings, since no one cares about them.

(As a side note, while I don't know anything about the case of Reverend Manuel Yergatian, if he was a citizen of the Turkish nation and advocated part of his nation should become "Armenia"... as it sounds like he was doing... then he should have been careful about the laws of his country. These actions would be looked upon as treasonous by any nation.)

After Mr. Baloian engages in the typically blind take on genuine history that any graduate of an Armenian Studies program would be susceptible to (such as ignoring the vast and devilish crimes of mass murder committed by his people against Turks and other non-Armenian Ottomans; this would be a "distortion of history" to a brainwashed party, regardless of the eyewitness testimony of the allies of Armenians, the Russians, French, British and Americans, along with other westerners), he would be perfectly content in signing the death warrant of innocent Turkish diplomats:

"...[A]s representatives of a government which blatantly denies and conceals the massacre of 1.5 million humans, I believe they can be considered nothing less than guilty."

Is that not incredible? And Mr. Baliozian completely ignored the fact that the victims of his terrorist heroes were not confined to Turks. Even Americans were killed by them, and many hundreds worldwide were injured, along with much property destruction.

Yet, the mind of a fanatic cannot see clearly. And racist fanatics in the Armenian community who all too willingly decided on becoming murderers found articles as this one the perfect elixir, in case their consciences were somewhat troubled by the crimes they were anxious to commit... in support of a cause that is "nothing more than howling for revenge."

© Holdwater
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