by Tal Buenos
Expectations of the year 2015 have much to do with the roundness of the number of years since 1915. They also have much to do with the political purpose that the historical Ottoman-Armenian conflict serves to this day and how such purpose has guided the phenomenon that is the field of genocide study.
The study of genocide in Western academia is at its core a form of American soft power that has introduced a dominant language on genocide. This language has been disseminated internationally through top-down organization and is controlled according to American interests.
Since the publication of the Foreign Minsiter’s letter , the Armenian Lobby has become increasingly shrill in its criticism, and protest over the Australian government’s position on the events of 1915.
The simple fact is that the Australian government does not recognise the events of 1915 as amounting to a genocide. This, of course, sent the Armenian Lobby into a complete meltdown. They have, since June 2014, gone into a lobbying overdrive in order to try to get the government to change its position. Not being able, on this occasion, to put pressure on politicians to force them to do what they wanted, the Armenain lobby group is forced to adopt new tactics.
The Talat Paşa Committee, a Turkish nationalist organization aiming to counter recognition of the 1915 events as the “Armenian genocide,” has been refused entry to Athens, where it had gone to issue a statement in protest at a recently approved Greek bill.