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Posted 30 December 2015 - 08:41 AM


The Moral Liberal
Dec 28 2015

American Minute with Bill Federer

According to ancient tradition, Noah's Ark rested on Mount Ararat in
the Armenian Mountain Range.

Armenia's Coat of Arms has Mount Ararat with Noah's Ark on top.

Armenian historian Movses Khorenatsi (410-490 AD) recounted the
tradition that Noah's son Japheth had a descendant named Hayk who
shot an arrow in a battle near Lake Van c.2,500 BC killing Nimrod,
builder of the Tower of Babel who was the first powerful tyrant of
the ancient world.

Hayk is the origin of "Hayastan," the Armenian name for Armenia.

Ancient Armenians may have had some relations with the Hittites
and Hurrians, who inhabited that area known as Anatolia in the 2nd
millenium BC.

Armenia's major city of Yerevan, founded in 782 BC in the shadow of
Mount Ararat, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in
the world.

Armenia was mentioned in the Book of Isaiah (37:38), when King
Sennacherib of Assyria invaded Judah around 701 BC. King Hezekiah and
the Prophet Isaiah prayed and Judah was spared. Sennacherib returned
to Assyria:

"And it came to pass, as Sennacherib was worshipping in the house
of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote him
with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Armenia."

Armenia was mentioned in 520 BC by Darius the Great of Persia.

Under Armenia's King Tigrane the Great, 95-55 BC, Armenia's borders
reached their greatest extent, reaching from the Caspian Sea to
the Mediterranean Sea, successfully pushing back the armies of the
Parthians, Seleucids and the Roman Republic.

Armenia was the first nation in the world to officially adopt
Christianity as its state religion when King Tiridates III converted
around 301 BC.

Armenia's thousands of years of history include independence
interspersed by occupations of Greeks, Romans, Persians, Byzantines,
Mongols, Arabs, Ottoman Turks, and Russians.

Armenia's medieval capitol of Ani was called "the city of a 1,001
churches," with a population of 200,000, rivaling Constantinople,
Baghdad and Damascus.

In 1064, Sultan Alp Arslan and Muslim Turks invaded and destroyed
the city of Ani. Arab historian Sibt ibn al-Jawzi recorded:

"The army entered the city, massacred its inhabitants, pillaged and
burned it, leaving it in ruins... Dead bodies were so many that they
blocked the streets; one could not go anywhere without stepping over
them. And the number of prisoners was not less than 50,000 souls...

I was determined to enter city and see the destruction with my own
eyes. I tried to find a street in which I would not have to walk over
the corpses; but that was impossible."

Muslim Turks made conquered Christians, Jewish, and non-Muslim
populations into second-class citizens called "dhimmi" and required
them to ransom their lives once a year by paying an exorbitant
"jizyah" tax.

Sultan Murat I (1359-1389) began the practice of "devshirme" - taking
boys from the conquered Armenian and Greek families.

These innocent boys were systematically traumatized and indoctrinated
into becoming ferocious Muslim warriors called "Janissaries," similar
to Egypt's "Mamluk" slave soldiers.

Janissaries were forced to call the Sultan their father and were
forbidden to marry, giving rise to depraved practices and the abhorrent
pederasty of the Turks.

For centuries Turks conquered throughout the Mediterranean, Middle
East, Eastern Europe, Spain and North Africa, carrying tens of
thousands into slavery.

Beginning in the early 1800s, the Turkish Ottoman Empire began to
decline. Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania won their independence.

When Armenia's sentiments leaned toward independence, Sultan Abdul
Hamid put an end to it by massacring 100,000 from 1894-1896.

President Grover Cleveland told Congress, December 2, 1895:

"Occurrences in Turkey have continued to excite concern... Massacres
of Christians in Armenia and the development... of a spirit of fanatic
hostility to Christian influences...have lately shocked civilization."

President Grover Cleveland told Congress, December 7, 1896:

"Disturbed condition in Asiatic Turkey... rage of mad bigotry and cruel
fanaticism... wanton destruction of homes and the bloody butchery
of men, women, and children, made martyrs to their profession of
Christian faith...

Outbreaks of blind fury which lead to murder and pillage in Turkey
occur suddenly and without notice...

It seems hardly possible that the earnest demand of good people
throughout the Christian world for its corrective treatment will
remain unanswered."

President William McKinley told Congress, December 5, 1898:

"The...envoy of the United States to...Turkey... is... charged to
press for a just settlement of our claims...of the destruction of
the property of American missionaries resident in that country during
the Armenian troubles of 1895."

President Theodore Roosevelt described to Congress, December 6, 1904:

"...systematic and long-extended cruelty and oppression...of which
the Armenians have been the victims, and which have won for them the
indignant pity of the civilized world."

When Sultan Abdul Hamid II was deposed in 1908, there was a brief
euphoria, with citizens naively hoping that Turkey would have a
constitutional government.

The government was taken over by the "Young Turks," led by three
leaders or "pashas": Mehmed Talaat Pasha, Ismail Enver Pasha, and
Ahmed Djemal Pasha.

They appeared as if they were planning to enact democratic reforms
while they were clandestinely implementing a genocidal plan to rid
the land of all who were not Muslims Turks.

The first step involved recruiting unsuspecting Armenian young men
into the military. Next they made them "non-combatant" soldiers and
took away their weapons.

Finally, they marched them into the woods and deserts where they were
ambushed and massacred.

With the Armenian young men gone, Armenian cities and villages were
defenseless. Nearly 2 million old men, women and children were marched
into the desert, thrown off cliffs or burnt alive.

Entire Armenian communities were deported to the deserts of Syria
and Mesopotamia where hundreds of thousands were killed or starved
to death.

Armenian cities of Kharpert, Van and Ani were leveled.

Russia came to Armenia's aid until Russia was overturned by Lenin's
Bolshevik revolution.

Theodore Roosevelt wrote in Fear God and Take Your Own Part (1916):

"Armenians, who for some centuries have sedulously avoided
militarism and war...are so suffering precisely and exactly because
they have been pacifists whereas their neighbors, the Turks,

During the last year and a half...Armenians have been subjected to
wrongs far greater than any that have been committed since the close
of the Napoleonic Wars... Fearful atrocities...

Serbia is at this moment passing under the harrow of torture and
mortal anguish..."

Theodore Roosevelt continued:

"Armenians have been butchered under circumstances of murder and
torture and rape that would have appealed to an old-time Apache

Wholesale slaughter of the Armenians...

The crowning outrage has been committed by the Turks on the

I trust that all Americans worthy of the name feel their deepest
indignation and keenest sympathy aroused by the dreadful Armenian

Historian Arnold Toynbee wrote:

"The Turks draft the criminals from their prisons into the Gendarmeri
to exterminate the Armenian race...

In 1913 the Turkish Army was engaged in exterminating the
Albanians...Greeks and Slavs left in the territory...

The same campaign of extermination has been waged against the Nestorian
Christians on the Persian frontier...

In Syria there is a reign of terror..."

Toynbee continued:

"Turkish rule... is... slaughtering or driving from their homes,
the Christian population...

Only a third of the two million Armenians in Turkey have survived,
and that at the price of apostatizing to Islam or else of leaving
all they had and fleeing across the frontier..."

Armenia's pleas at the Paris Peace Conference led Democrat President
Wilson in a failed effort to make Armenia a U.S. protectorate.

Woodrow Wilson, who was born DECEMBER 28, 1856, addressed Congress,
May 24, 1920:

"The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations has established the truth
of the reported massacres and other atrocities from which the Armenian
people have suffered...

deplorable conditions of insecurity, starvation, and misery now
prevalent in Armenia...

Sympathy for Armenia among our people has sprung from untainted
consciences, pure Christian faith and an earnest desire to see
Christian people everywhere succored in their time of suffering."

On August 29, 2014, the California Senate unanimously passed the
Armenian Genocide Education Act mandating that among the human rights
subjects covered in public schools, instruction shall be made of the
genocide committed in Armenia at the beginning of the 20th century.

The Moral Liberal Contributing Editor, William J. Federer, is the
bestselling author of "Backfired: A Nation Born for Religious Tolerance
no Longer Tolerates Religion," and numerous other books. A frequent
radio and television guest, his daily American Minute is broadcast
nationally via radio, television, and Internet.



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