After the call that took place last Friday evening between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his US counterpart, Joe Biden, I immediately rushed to ask a high-ranking official with knowledge of the contents of the call: “What was the atmosphere like?”
The answer I received was strange, as it was a link to a speech of a former US president; Ronald Reagan, April 22, 1981.
Forty years ago, Reagan was uttering remarks solely for political purposes, saying, “The lessons learned from the Holocaust should never be forgotten, just as the same lessons drawn from the Armenian genocide in the past, the recent genocide in Cambodia, and many massacres must never be forgotten.” The other you got. “
Of course, the reason was clear for sending the high-ranking official to whom I asked my question, a link that included a letter by an American president 40 years ago, in which he talks about genocide and the like. And he is that the focus of the first meeting between Erdogan and Biden (since Biden was elected until today) was that issue, that is, the issue of the alleged “Armenian genocide.”
But I asked another question to the same source. The question was in the form of news, “The meeting was tense, wasn’t it?”
The answer is as follows:
“No, he was not very tense, but our president responded appropriately.”
Biden was clearly waiting for that day, and it was no longer a secret or an unknown thing that Biden told Erdogan during the meeting that he would describe the events of 1915 as the “Armenian Genocide”.
Turkish President Erdogan’s response to that was by saying; “This recognition will not have any legal consequences, moreover, it will negatively affect our bilateral relations.”
Anyone who does not have malicious intentions is fully aware of the will and power of Erdogan, and its reflection on his performance in every telephone conversation or bilateral meeting of this kind, as he places the protection of Turkey’s rights and proposals at the top of the agenda of his meetings and contacts.
In this regard, President Erdogan’s assertion that Biden’s recognition of this will not have any legal consequences, and many news indicated that President Biden emphasized this point as well.
But will it be this way as the Biden team portrays, that is, just “commemorating the missing instead of assigning responsibility”, or is the goal more dangerous than that, which is to demand compensation, land and blackmail, which has been a phobia for Turkish diplomacy for 40 years?
I am not sure about that, except that thinking that Joe Biden is acting in good faith requires a great deal of stupidity or gullibility in thinking. It is known why Biden avoided contacting President Erdogan until late, until one day before April 24, the date of those Armenian allegations.
There is no doubt that we know like everyone the real reason behind their annoyance with Turkey, the reason in short is their suffering from “indigestion”. They do not accept that Turkey obtains its sovereign rights completely independently, according to its security, interests, and its face of all external risks and threats.
There is no doubt that the American administration is very disturbed that Turkey is no longer the old Turkey, it has departed from the stick of obedience and rejected the role imposed on it by the United States. We are aware of the nonsense and empty conversations that were issued by Joe Biden from time to time, when he was Vice President of the United States, we know his meetings with some of the opposition faces in Turkey, and the phrase he used referring to Erdogan, “This man does not listen to us.”
On the other hand, there are those who comment on Biden’s use of this description of “genocide” in relation to the events of 1915, that this contributes to pushing Turkish foreign policy towards international isolation. And it is a shame and shame that this comes from some retired diplomats, they have to go back a little bit to remember the diplomats who were martyred after their assassination by the Armenian organization ASALA.
“They put pressure on all the historians who supported the Turkish thesis.”
- Turkish historian Orhan Avionjo
Yesterday I called the Dean of the National Defense University, historian Prof. Dr. Erhan Afionjo, and he spoke with important information on this. He spoke about what happened to those who defended the Turkish thesis and its viewpoint, instead of adopting the “Armenian” thesis.
He spoke by saying, “Armenians have exercised and are still exerting all kinds of pressure on all historians who supported the Turkish thesis, which of course does not agree with the Armenian thesis. They pressured all historians who refused to describe what happened as genocide. For example, the home of the Ottoman historian Stanford Shaw was bombed in general. 1977, because he said, “There is no genocide,” as many historians were intimidated. Indeed, the French historian Bernard Lewis was put on trial in France for that.
Does it end there? No, of course, but he also adds, “While Turkey allowed the printing and publication of books that speak against it on its territory, in return – leaving you from Armenia – even the United States and France did not allow the publication of books that refute the Armenian narrative. It bombed the homes of those who refused to admit it. “