14 January 2010

2995) "The Armenian Genocide and Turkish National Security" by Taner Akcam

French to English translation

14 January 2010, by Stéphane / armenews

Monday, January 4, evening in the Hall Gulbenkian Museum Cilicia, Professor Tamer Akcam has lectured on the topic "The Armenian Genocide and Turkish National Security." The Lebanese government officials, religious representatives and politicians, academics and representatives of nongovernmental organizations were present in the general audience. . . .

Dr. Taner Akcam began his lecture by stating that "In Turkey today, any attempt to openly discuss historical facts and gestures is denounced as a movement of a secret project to divide the country and is therefore against "the national security of Turkey". This is not just the view of some political elites or some ultra-nationalist organizations. It is also a legal decision making. " Then he mentions the trial in 2007 against two Turkish-Armenian journalist Arat Dink, son of murdered journalist Hrant Dink and Sarkis Seropyan, who sentenced to one year in prison suspended for using the term genocide. Dr. Akcam said the decision of the Turkish court, "the use of the term genocide in Turkey and other countries, not favorably affects national security and national interest. The claim of genocide ... became one hand and the means of special plans to change the geographical political boundaries of Turkey .. .. And a campaign to demolish its physical structure and legal ". The decision further stated that the Republic of Turkey is under a "hostile diplomatic headquarters consisting of resolutions on genocide ... acceptance of this claim may be undertaken in the coming centuries to a question of rights of sovereignty of the Republic of Turkey on land on which it is claimed that these events happened. "

Because of these national security concerns, the court stated that claims of genocide in 1915 is not protected speech. He cited "the use of these freedoms can be limited according to goals such as protecting national security, public order, public security" (Decision of the Court, 2nd Criminal Court of First Instance Sisli district - Number: 2006/1208, Decision Number: 2007/1106, Continuation No: 2006/8617).

According to Dr. Akcam "the situation is not that different in the United States. Although the joint statement by the Congress of September 9, 1975, April 24 was declared "National Day of Remembrance" for the Armenian genocide and has been authorized and requested the President of the United States issued a proclamation from when none of Presidents of the United States, except Reagan in 1981, used the term genocide. The main reason for this attitude is "the national security concerns of the United States in the Middle East."

S'aatardant on "the national security concerns," Dr. Akcam said that "in reality there are two sets of arguments which are mounted in opposition with each other," National Security "against" morality " 'or in other phraseology "realistic" cons "moral fundamentalists. "Realists emphasize the national security concerns of their country. On the other side "fundamentalist moralists" emphasize the supremacy of morality against the "real interests".

The main argument of Professor Akcam was this that put the national interest against morality as mutually exclusive is just a mistake. "In fact I do believe is that any security policy in the Middle East that excludes morality can not ultimately be a political" realism "that Merchant and that ultimately undermines the national security. Indeed, if we know the Turkey and the Middle East, we readily acknowledge that history and historical injustices are not just matters of the dead past, the past is the present Middle East. So morality is a very real and that realpolitik is successful in the region; moral values, in this case, the specific facts and recognize the historical bad gestures must be incorporated into a national security policy. "

Dr. Akcam has pointed that "there is a strong intercommunication between security, democracy and the confrontation with history in the Middle East. A simple look at the specific area that historical injustices and the persistent denial of the injustice by one group or another state or ethnic-religious are the main stumbling block not only for the democratization of the region, but also for the establishment of stable relations between different ethnic and religious groups. " In fact, his central argument was that "a failure to confront the story is honestly one of the main reasons for insecurity and instability in the region."

In concluding his lecture Dr. Akcam said that "the question for which I struggled to find an answer is why the discussion of historical injustices, something that goes to the heart of human rights is seen as a threat to Turkish national security? I took the argument of "national security" of Turkey very seriously and tried to examine the roots of this mentality and show reasons why it should be changed. "

After Professor Akcam has made its conference was an open question session with the audience. His Holiness Aram 1 has concluded the evening by describing Dr. Taner Akcam as one of those Turkish intellectuals who had the courage to raise the issue of genocide in the middle of Holocaust denial and call for its recognition by Turkey.

His Holiness then summarized his observations into four points:

1) "The intercommunication between human rights and the concept of national security is crucial. Any attempt to create the dichotomy or polarization between the two is a moral and political heresy, "he said and stressed" the need to develop a new perception of national security with a holistic approach. "

2) Speaking of history, His Holiness said that "history deals with facts, not fiction, therefore, a subjective interpretation of objective facts, may endanger the integrity and distorts the very nature of history. We can not escape history, we can not erase from the annals of history the Armenian genocide. Turkey must come to terms with his past, accept the truth. "

3) His Holiness recalled that "the Armenian genocide is not just for the fact of Armenian history is deeply rooted in the common memory and conscience of our people. The Armenians do not learn, they are trained by it it is the inseparable part of the very texture of being Armenian. The reaction of Armenians in what is called protocols Armenia-Turkey must be seen in this structure, "said Aram 1.

4) "There must be a clear distinction between the normalization and reconciliation" by His Holiness. He said that "reconciliation is made on the basis of truth and justice." In recalling the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa, His Holiness said that the Armenians are "cons reconciliation cheap real reconciliation implies acceptance of the truth and restore justice." His Holiness Aram 1 has concluded his remarks by reminding "as Christians we believe in forgiveness, but forgiveness is given when there is faith. We are still waiting for the confession of Turkey. "

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The Pennsylvania State University ( Altoona, Pennsylvania, United States said...

a- It is ironic that Mr. Akcam speaks of “National Security”, given his past record of imprisonment for being involved in revolutionist activities.

b- Mr. Akcam refers to the sad incident of Hrant Dink, but he does not remember over 250 acts of Armenian terrorism against Turks involving over 40 deaths of Turkish diplomats or personnel, plus many innocents dead or wounded. Nor he remembers Artin Penik who torched himself in Istanbul in 1982, protesting ASALA’s terror!

c- The speaker refers to “historical injustices” and limitation of liberty in his home country but neglects to mention that his books and all other pro-Armenian, anti-Turkish books, fill the shelves of bookstores in Turkey and are available to the public.

d- Mr. Akcam has the habit of writing his own compositions or scenarios based on assumptions, but later starts defending them as “factual truth!”

e- This conference is paradoxical to the official visit of the Lebanese Government to Turkey, in the same days aiming increased economical and political collaboration.

Apparently, the speakers disagree with their own government’s objectives.

f- Looking at the photographs, I get the impression that one third of the audience were clergymen. Hence, one wonders if this conference would have been more proper to be given in a church.

g- The speech of “his Holiness” about “confession of Turks” and his approach to the matters as “Christian” is also note-worthy. When discussing history or civilized relations where “knowledge and logic” prevails, we hardly have any room for “theology or dictums of holy books based on mythology”! His Holiness apparently does not realize that behind the past and present conflicts world wide, the dominance of “faiths and beliefs” over “ethics, knowledge and logic” is the main cause. This was supposed to be a scholarly conference! Was it? The Lebanese Catholic Church is supporting ARF’s attitudes, whilst the Gregorian Church in Istanbul, thanks the PM for his support given to the Armenian community and their establishments! It is ironic that the “well living Armenians outside of Armenia” are the ones who stall any efforts of cooperation, and in doing so they have not even read the Armenian history books available on this blog site!

Come to your sense gentlemen, and do not distort TRUTH!

Mr.-Harut Sassounian was recommending endurance to his folk in Armenia, when carrying on his comfortable life in USA!

American Observer said...

As the photos and the contents of his speech clearly show, Taner Akcam, the "psoter boy" of the Armenian propaganda machine and an exposed paid Armenian agent, is only reporting to his bosses and telling them what they want to hear.

Judging by the above, one can surmise that Akcam was a convicted terrorist, a fugitive felon, and prison escapee.

Judging by the above, one can never tell that the Armenians, before during, and after the WWI, took up arms against their own government, demanded territory where they were only a minority, attacked government installations and security forces, robbed banks, attacked their Muslim neighbors, and killed many Turks, and joined invading enemy armies, all of which caused the Ottoman government to respond with TERESET (temporary resettlement of 1915) as a home security measure. While Armenian revolutionaries were out to ethnically cleanse Turks to establish the first apartheid of the 20th Century, that they call Greater Armnenia, Turks were only defending their homes and families.

Akcam's and his Armenian bosses' case is based on hearsay and forgeries which explains why the photo above is looks like a scene from a past ASALA convention.

Whatever you do, do not look for an iota of truth in such ritual hate meetings.


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