American Minute with Bill Federer
Muslim Turks began invading in the 11th century, making Christians second-class citizens called “dhimmi,” and forcing boys to convert and serve in the Muslim army as “Janissaries,” or in their pederasty.
When the Turkish Ottoman Empire declined in the 1800’s, Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania began winning their independence, but Armenia was trapped by Sultan Abdul Hamid, who killed 100,000.
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.”
“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.”
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, have…been…militarists…
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…Armenians have been butchered under circumstances of murder and torture and rape that would have appealed to an old-time Apache Indian…
Wholesale slaughter of the Armenians…The crowning outrage has been committed by the Turks on the Armenians…
I trust that all Americans worthy of the name feel their deepest indignation and keenest sympathy aroused by the dreadful Armenian atrocities.”
During World War I, “Young Turks” implemented a genocidal plan to rid Turkey of Armenians.
They first recruited unsuspecting Armenian young men into the military, then made them “non-combatant” soldiers, then marched them into the woods and deserts where they were ambushed and massacred.
With Armenian cities and villages now defenseless, nearly 2 million old men, women and children were marched into the desert, thrown off cliffs or burnt alive.
Armenian cities of Kharpert, Van and Ani were leveled. Russia came to their aid till the Bolshevik revolution began.
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, had 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.”
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. Check out all of Bill’s books here.
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