Denying Your History | Armenian Genocide

Denying Your History | Armenian Genocide


In every friend group, there’s that one
person that doesn’t quite belong – nobody really likes them but nobody hates them enough
to kick them out. Their presence is just sort of tolerated. They have some dirty laundry, maybe they cheat
on their wife or sell drugs on the side – things you genuinely disagree with. But not enough to actually do anything about
it. They provide some sort of benefit to the group
– maybe they can get you into exclusive clubs or they’re the only ones with access
to a car. Something that makes everyone look past the
bones in their closet. Which is an open secret by the way, everyone
knows, but nobody brings it up because they want access to whatever they provide. Turkey is that friend to the United States
and NATO. And just like any other friend group, the
longer we ignore that one friend’s less awesome qualities, the more likely they are
to keep doing it. This video was brought to you by Skillshare. Most Americans tend to look at history through
the lens of American history. Which is fine, we all need a reference point. After World War 2 was the Cold War, before
that was the Depression and World War 1. But before that? Reconstruction, the Civil War, Manifest Destiny…
all internal history. The rest of the world still existed you know. The American version of World War 1 is that
Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated, and a complicated system of military alliances led
to the first global war. Which is mostly true. But it’s not like Europe was sitting there
with these overlapping defense treaties waiting for something to set it off. The main cause of World War 1 was nationalism. Nationalism is like toxic patriotism, it’s
fine to be proud of your country but when that pride leads to excluding anyone you don’t
view as being part of it – you’ve got a problem. And that’s what was going on in Europe in
the lead up to World War 1. Archduke Ferdinand wasn’t just assassinated
for kicks, the guy who killed him was a member of Young Bosnia – a Yugoslav and Serbian
nationalist group fighting for a unified Balkan region. He was also a member of the Black Hand, a
Serbian nationalist group. Late 1800s Europe was a mess of nationalist,
independence, and separatist movements, on top of all of the conventional wars and changing
borders common to the region. A few of these movements are important to
the story I’m about to tell. The Russo-Turkish War occurred between 1877
and 1878, historians aren’t the most creative when it comes to naming things. Especially things they consider to be minor. It ended with the Russian occupation of eastern
Turkey in order to address the “Armenian Question” – I really wish I was joking. That’s what they called it during the Congress
of Berlin in 1878. You see, the European powers were concerned
with how the Muslim Ottoman Turks were treating Christians living in their empire, they were
basically second-class citizens. With forced conversions and higher taxes and
such. Europe was also concerned with giving Russia
too much influence though, so the occupation was essentially toothless and eventually ended. Leaving the Armenian Question to the Turks. In 1890, the Ottoman Sultan created the…. Hamidiye? Hamidiye, a paramilitary group tasked with…
answering the question. They were sort of like the Turkish Black and
Tans – only, thirty years before the actual Black and Tans. I suppose this is as good a time as any to
tell you that the Turks really don’t like the Armenians, seeing them as untrustworthy
and disloyal. They did just cause a Russian occupation after
all. The Hamidiye would intentionally incite Armenian
rebellions within the empire for the sole purpose of putting them down. Get them to fight you, so you can claim self-defense. These are known as the Hamidian Massacres
and they killed anywhere from 100,000-300,000 Armenians between 1894 and 1896. That is already more than Nanking and the
actual event hasn’t started yet. In 1908 a group called the Young Turks overthrew
the Sultan and reinstated the Ottoman constitution and parliament. While they were progressive and technically
liberal, they were also a nationalist group. The Ottoman Empire was the best and anyone
saying otherwise was an enemy and asking a foreign power to intervene in internal politics
was downright blasphemous. Those pesky Armenians asking for… equality. The Young Turks envisioned a homogenous state
in Anatolia, run by Turks for Turks… Turkey belongs to the Turks. And Skyrim belongs to the Nords. They didn’t like minorities in power or
the fact that Armenians ran all the banks and were overrepresented in business and law. I swear I’ve heard that before… except
later in history. Yes, this is where the Young Turks news show
gets their name, but I’m sure they were more focused on the revolutionary history
rather than the nationalist stuff. In 1909 there was a counter-coup against the
Young Turks and the constitution, which just spilled over to killing anyone perceived to
not support the Sultan. Which led to the deaths of 15,000-30,000 Armenians. The counter-coup failed and the Young Turks
stayed in power, specifically a faction led by the Three Pashas known as the Committee
of Union and Progress or CUP. Which is the faction that remains in power
and carries out everything that follows. Then in 1912, the Balkan Wars occurred between
the Balkan states and the two major empires in the region. It’s very complicated and messy, so we won’t
get into it, but the important part is that the Ottoman Empire lost all of its holdings
in Europe. Nothing gets that nationalist blood boiling
quite like losing. The Balkan states also decided to take this
opportunity to expel every Muslim from the region. Sending 850,000 refugees into Anatolia. So the board is set, all the pieces are in
the right place – the Ottoman Empire has suffered numerous defeats, successful and
attempted coups, and is looking for someone to blame. Then a Serbian nationalist decides to assassinate
the leader of a foreign imperial power. The main goal of the Ottoman Empire during
World War 1 was to regain all of the territory it had lost since 1878. And also… answer the Armenian Question. The Ottomans were engaged on three fronts,
in Gallipoli against the British and French, in Mesopotamia and Persia against the British
and Russians, and the Caucasus against just the Russians. Where the Ottomans were losing… badly. The Turks tried to get the Armenians to fight
the Russians but they just wouldn’t, so after every loss, suspicions of a secret alliance
went around. Especially after the siege of Van. In April 1915, a Turkish general wanted to
conscript every man in the city of Van, primarily made up of Armenians. Who refused to join the Turkish army – suspecting
that it was actually just a ruse for mass execution. Which it was, just for the record. So the Turkish general decided to turn his
weapons on the town in retribution. That’s a Turkish general with a Turkish
army, laying siege to a Turkish town. The Armenians held the Turkish forces at bay
for a month until Russian forces arrived to save them. Thus reinforcing the Russian collusion narrative
in the minds of the Ottomans. Every time a country loses a war or the economy
is in the toilet, we look for someone to point the finger at as the cause of our troubles. Because of course, it can’t be us. So whether it’s protesting hippies, foreigners
taking your jobs, or a minority group who seems to be in charge of all the money and
present at every military loss… Someone’s to blame. So in the middle of the first global war in
history, the Ottoman Turks decided to get rid of anyone that they sensed to be a threat
to national security. Which in this case was anyone who wasn’t
an Ottoman Turk. The Ottomans just watched the Balkan states
expel every non-Christian from their land and Turkey is still dealing with almost a
million refugees. So Turkey felt justified in expelling every
non-Muslim. This event is known as the Armenian Genocide,
genocide being a somewhat important word, but just as the Holocaust wasn’t only Jewish
people… The Armenian Genocide wasn’t just Armenians. They were the largest group by far, which
is probably why it’s named that – 1.5 million Armenians lost their lives along with
750,000 Greeks and 350,000 Assyrians. But it didn’t start with the expressed goal
of killing them. In 1913, the Ottomans created the Special
Organization, tasked with the “relocation” of all ethnic minorities, they were kind of
like the Ottoman SS. But again, decades before the actual SS. During the siege of Van, the Special Organization
started relocating and deporting any non-Turkish citizens from Anatolia. The region we would later call Turkey – It
started in the capital of Istanbul, though it wasn’t actually Istanbul at the time,
it was still Constantinople. Istanbul was Constantinople. While you might think the Greeks would have
been pushed towards Greece, everyone was generally pushed in a southeasterly direction. Armenians and Assyrians were marched into
the Syrian desert, where it was expected that they would die. One of the common defenses Turkey uses against
the claim of genocide is that it was just a deportation, anyone who died along the way
was just accidental. That defense fell apart in 2017, when telegrams
were discovered showing that the Ottoman government ordered the killings. Most Armenians and Assyrians were force marched
under brutal conditions to Deir ez-Zor, in the middle of Syrian desert. With just enough supplies to make it there. People were expected to survive on just 150
grams of bread a day during the journey. Which is this much bread, by the way, I did
the math. Assuming they survived the journey, which
90% of them did not, once they arrived, they died – even if they tried to leave, they’d
die before they made it anywhere. From starvation, dehydration, and good old-fashioned
killing. This is near the beginning of World War 1,
methods of mass killing like chemical weapons weren’t available yet, so people were just
shot or beheaded, or any other conventional way you can think of. There were 25 concentration camps, five of
which were specifically death camps. Yes there is a difference. There were some mass graves with 60,000 people
in them, which… Do you know how big of a mass grave you’d
need to dig to fit that many people? If you were to perfectly stack every person,
minimizing empty space between them, you would need two Olympic sized swimming pools to fit
60,000 people. Yeah I did the math. 80,000 people were burned alive in the city
of Mus and 50,000 people were mass drowned. If you look at this map for longer than a
second, you’ll soon come across these dots to the north. Were people being deported across the Black
Sea to Russia? No, people were being deported… to the Black
Sea. 50,000 people were taken out to the middle
of the water and thrown off the boat. There were other features that we’ve come
to expect from genocides, like medical experimentation, property destruction, and… rapes. So many rapes. Which I don’t understand in this context
– or any context, really – you hate a people so much that you’re marching them
out of your country, you want to kill them, they’re inferior and subhuman. But you’re willing to look past that for
a few minutes? Accounting for inflation, almost 55 billion
dollars worth of property was destroyed or confiscated, 2000 churches were destroyed,
and millions of people had been displaced or killed. Most of this happened during the summer of
1915, but it continued throughout the war. Teddy Roosevelt would go on to say that this
was the greatest crime of the war, it was reported on almost daily, and the US wasn’t
even in the war yet. And much like Nanking, there are dozens of
foreign accounts of the events. The Turks know … that the Christian nations
are too busy to take care of Armenians, so they take advantage of the times to destroy
their “enemies” … it is quite obvious that the purpose of their departure is the extermination
of the Armenian people. After the war, those responsible for the genocide,
including the Three Pashas, were charged with war crimes and the CUP was dissolved. But that fell apart at the same time as the
Ottoman Empire. Their Middle Eastern holdings were divided
between the British and the French, and the Caucasus were given to the Russians. The Turkish people abolished the monarchy,
consolidated themselves into Anatolia, renamed it Turkey, and renamed the capital Istanbul. Now it’s Istanbul, not Constantinople. There was significant internal political strife,
as you can imagine. But they still found time to continue fighting
the newly re-established Republic of Armenia in the Turkish-Armenian War. Where another 100,000 Armenians died. While also having to fight Azerbaijan in the
Armenian-Azerbaijani War. These names are really uncreative. How did Azerbaijan get involved in all of
this? When the Armenians fled Turkey, were they
encroaching on ancestral Azeri lands? No, in fact Azerbaijan didn’t exist until
1918. It became a country the same day as Armenia
actually, though Armenia existed for over a thousand years before the Ottomans took
it over – it’s where Noah’s Ark landed after all. Azerbaijan has no previous history. The answer is that the people who live in
Azerbaijan are Azeri Turks – just another group of Turks. Turks are an ethnic group. Just like Arabs or Slavs, they are a separate
group, containing several other groups, like the Ottomans and the Azeris within it. All Turks hate Armenians. So the Azeri Turks joined the Turk Turks in
fighting the Armenians until the Soviets took over in 1920. The Soviets somehow managed to keep the peace. In a region that like the Balkans, is very
messy… I mean, part of Azerbaijan is on the other
side of Armenia, and the disputed state of Nagorno-Karabakh lies entirely within Azerbaijan. Not to mention Chechnya and the South Ossetian
independence movement from Georgia. But once the Soviet Union started to fall
apart in the late 80s and early 90s, things in the Caucasus started to fall apart too
and the Armenians and Azeris have been fighting each other in the streets on and off ever
since. The Soviet Union is actually a big part of
the problem here. You see, I just told you about the Armenian
Genocide – it’s a true historical event that happened. You would think it would be that simple. But only a handful of countries recognize
it – the United States federal government does not, but 49 individual states do. It’s Mississippi, before you pause the video
to google it. Here’s a map of all the countries and states
that will openly agree that a thing happened… there are some notable absences here including
the US, the UK, Israel, and of course, Turkey. The current Turkish government does not recognize
the Armenian Genocide and anyone who does risks losing their diplomatic ties. Erdogan just denounced the Pope for calling
it a genocide. Instead, Turkey calls it “the events of
1915.” Their defense is as shaky as you would expect
– it didn’t happen, and if it did happen, it wasn’t deliberate, so it wasn’t a genocide. But it didn’t happen. It definitely did happen, the evidence is
overwhelming and with the newly discovered telegrams, it’s impossible to say that it
wasn’t deliberate. It was the Ottoman Empire, not Turkey. This is the only one I can actually maybe
give them some credit for because it’s true. The Ottoman Empire ceased to exist in 1922. Unlike Japan, who is another genocide denier,
it’s not the same government that perpetrated the crime. However, you’d still have to admit there
was a crime. Changing your name doesn’t really wipe away
your responsibility, it’s a step in the right direction, but only if you take responsibility…
like the Germans did after they changed governments. More Turks died in the war than Armenians. Firstly, that isn’t true, secondly, I don’t
know where this number argument came from, I see it all over the place, even for things
like the Holocaust and Native Americans. There is no number requirement for a genocide. Genocide wasn’t a crime in 1915, it didn’t
even exist as a concept for decades afterwards. You can’t charge someone with a crime before
it was a crime. That’s true, the term genocide was coined
in 1943 and first published in 1944 to describe what Hitler was doing in Europe. World War 2 wasn’t over yet when it was
created. Raphael Lemkin, who invented the term, didn’t
know everything about the Holocaust yet – so I’ll give you one guess as to what event
he was looking at when coming up with the definition for his new word. Did you guess the Armenian Genocide? Because it’s the Armenian Genocide. So the UN definition of genocide fits the
Armenian Genocide because this definition was written specifically for the Armenian
Genocide. So yes, it was a genocide – the first genocide,
in fact. The Holocaust was the first genocide to be
tried as a new crime, and yes, there were genocides throughout history before that… But this was the first officially defined
one. So why do so few countries recognize it? Because of the Soviet Union. Turkey is the second largest country in NATO
and sits in a strategic location for missile bases and an important crossroads for trade
– it is Russia’s only real access to the Mediterranean. It was also the first country in the region
to recognize Israel. It is an extremely important country for numerous
reasons. Because of that, they are the friend that
we know has skeletons in their closet, but we ignore them and we tolerate their presence. Because we need the access they provide. Nearly every American politician agrees that
the Armenian Genocide occurred… Two years ago, I criticized the Secretary
of State for the firing of U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, John Evans, after he properly
used the term ‘genocide’ to describe Turkey’s slaughter of thousands of Armenians starting
in 1915. … as President I will recognize the Armenian Genocide. …right up until they become important on
the world stage. Then, suddenly the word genocide disappears
from their vocabulary – even on Armenian Remembrance Day… We cannot continue to look the other way. The longer we enable it, the more likely they
are going to keep doing it. Tensions between the Turks and Armenians have
been escalating since the fall of the Soviet Union, it’s entirely possible that another
war could break out at any moment. Nagorno-Karabakh, also known as the Republic
of Artsakh, is a semi-autonomous region claimed by both Armenia and Azerbaijan and is currently
under military blockade. Some people are accusing the Armenians of
using history to gain political favor. History that the Turks deny ever happened. And here’s the real kicker, the fact that
Turkey faced no consequences for the Armenian Genocide is what inspired Hitler to think
he could get away with the Holocaust. Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation
of the Armenians? Well I do, and now you do too. We’ve examined a number of different genocidal
events on this channel over the last few years. This used to jokingly be known as the genocide
channel. But in researching this one, I found myself
saying things like “oh, just like the Nazis” or “oh, that also happened in Nanking”
far too many times. The similarities are… scary. The Ottoman Turks blamed the Armenians for
their woes and the genocide started as a deportation program. Just like Hitler did with the Jews. Turkey changed governments after the war,
just like Germany, but continues to deny their crimes. Just like Japan. It wouldn’t be so scary that the Armenian
Genocide is just an amalgamation of other genocides if not for the fact that it took
place first. This is the original genocide – TM. History rhymes more often than it repeats,
and we see the same patterns echo across time. Most major projects in history, good and bad,
seem to follow the same basic formula – a formula you can learn on Skillshare by going
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you do. The more people who know about this event,
and that it actually happened, the fewer people can continue to deny it. Yes, Cenk Uygur of the Young Turks used to
deny the genocide in the 90s… I’m a Turkish-American and I grew up believing
the things that I was taught. But has since come around, saying it was a
real thing just two months ago. The Armenian Genocide happened. It existed, it’s true. Okay? I don’t know how I can be any clearer than
that. He’s come under fire for only believing
it because of public pressure, but… I don’t care how you arrive at the right
answer, just that you arrive at the right answer. I would prefer that he cracked open a book
and changed his own mind, but hey. With enough international pressure, Turkey
and Azerbaijan might admit their past and normalize diplomatic relations with Armenia. Once they do that, we can figure out how to
prevent it in the future. I don’t know about you, but finding out
that many of the characteristics of other, more famous genocides are just echoes of what
happened to the Armenians was frustrating. I don’t want history to rhyme anymore, and
I hope you don’t either, because now, you know better. I’d like to give a shout out to my newest
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100 thoughts on “Denying Your History | Armenian Genocide

  1. Yo I have watched all of your vids asides form the 2-hour ones, the Q&A ones and the two parts of getting a handle on the bill of rights.

  2. You can rightfully accuse the German and Austrian people of nationalism. Indeed, Germany felt that it alone should rule Europe, so since Germany and Austria started the war, you feel that you can claim that nationalism was THE cause of WW I. But you are wrong about a few things. One, there is no "the" cause of WW I. War could have been averted many times, and each time it wasn't, we have a cause. Two, I think you are wrong to say what we know of WW I is "the American version," as though to imply we have it wrong. Maybe it's just you who has it wrong, as you are to bring your personal politics into play in describing the cause of the war. Three, the continent certainly was a powder keg waiting for something to set it off. For crying out loud, a World War began within 2 months of an assassination. If that's not evidence of a powder keg, what is? Four, Germany, France, and Great Britain each knew war might come, and each prepared for war for 15 years prior to its beginning. None of that planning took place because of any closed border "I-don't-like-Muslims-or-Mexicans" policy (which is what you are hinting at, isn't it?). For Christ sake.. Five, the French, British, and Americans were nationalistic, and far from starting a war, their nationalism played a part in defending themselves. Imagine if Germany were the only nationalistic nation, while the others peoples were globalists, open border, John Lennon Imagine types who didn't want to maintain their societies because "who's to say our societies are worth saving?". Imagine if the nationalistic French were totally unprepared to fight. We like to pick on the French, but it was their stance against the Germans at Marne that might have saved Europe. I invite you to read The Guns of August.

  3. 01:55, I have to disagree, while I do believe that countries can do good things for their citizens they create in-group and out-group mentalities that divide humans into arbitrary groups used to discriminate others.

  4. Regarding the rape comment which felt kinda weird and inappropriate:
    They aren't "looking past" their biases. Rape is an expression of violence and dominance, not of sex or intimacy.

  5. Hey, what was that movie about the armenian genocide called? From 2013~, I think it was an international movie (being about 3 armenians in Constantinople in 1914 or something).

  6. 11:48 Rape doesn't mean that the perpetrators consider the victims equal to themselves, it's an expression of power over the victim.

  7. man i barely noticed that this video exists because of the awful thumbnail. i was searching through my sub feed and glanced at it for a good minute until i saw the username. MAKING THUMBNAILS WITH ONE COLOR IS BAD.

  8. If Armenia and Azerbaijan went to war, the Russians would definitely become involved, use it as a pretext to annex potentially. Georgia would oppose, but they couldn't do anything. It's so close to Russia and away from central NATO infrastructure it would be hard to project power to parry them.

  9. I think one very important thing to say, rape isn't a result of viewing something as aesthetically good and taking it, as your seem to imply in this video about looking passed the inferiority thing. Rape occurs BECAUSE the victim is viewed as an inferior entity, something to be bent to the will of the rapist, mass rapes in history dont always take place because a group has a large population of people who look good and would make someone "want" them in a sexual way, they occur because a large group are given a great deal of power against another group who they are told are nothing, are lesser, are beastly creatures who dont get a say in the matter.

  10. as someone who has family that lived through the massacres and forced relocation of aegean macedonians, aka the Aegean genocide, something very widely disputed and forcefully erased from records and history, it feels good to see a video like this 😊

  11. Many armenians still live in the city of Mousl and southern iraq, my 5th grade teacher was an armenian.
    yet, i find it intersting how you overlooked the fact that the kurds took a part in this genocide espically in southern trukey, actually to this day iraqi-armenians and iraqi-assyrians still hate the kurds.

  12. even if they recognize it as a genocide .. what then ? will the turks who r born today responsible for what people did to other ppl a 100 years ago ? should I apologize to the decendants of someone my great grandfather killed ?

  13. Great video so far (haven't finished yet) but I feel like a few points need adressing for anyond who's interested:
    First, yes european powers were 'concerned' about the treatment of the armenians in the ottoman empire, however this was for the most part just a justification for intervention in a crumbling state who they thought was soon up for grabs – doesn't change or justify anything but it's just another reason why the turks wanted to transition from a multicultural empire to a purely turkish state which might eventually span deep into central asia (turanism), unfortunately armenian territories were like a wedge in-between.

    Secondly, the armenians DID in fact fight for the ottoman turks exactly like they were supposed to, to suggest they didn't is not correct. However, the turks tried to instigate armenians and cossacks living on the russian side to rise up against the russians, and the russian empire tried to do the exact same with armenians on the ottoman side. But both armenian communities fought loyaly for the country they were a part of except for a few extreme exile armenians but the majority just naturally fought on their respective side. Thus this theatre of war was used as a cover for turkish officials to cleanse their ranks of armenians especially after losing so badly at the Battle of sarikamis, led by Enver pasha himself. What better excuse for one's own failure than 'disloyal' traitors in your own ranks.

  14. Our one of those "friends" is a guy called Dan, thick Scanian accent. He is simply creepy. We think he might beat his parents up one day from the abuse he probably suffered as a child.

  15. 1:47
    1. Nationalism isn't necessarilly that extreme
    2. That Serb killing the archduke because of unfair treatment of Serb Bosnians in Austrian Bosnia was just the lighter beeing dropped on the powder keg. There were tensions in Europe before because there were overseas conflicts for colonies and almost every European nation wanted to expand it's borders into Europe.

  16. i hope that a genocide never happens again or a war or anything caused for race religion ever again but knowing history and how it repeats itself it will most certaintly happen i just hope that some one will notice it and step up and do what is right and protest against such babarism

  17. ‘But your willing to look past that for a few minutes?’

    You clearly don’t understand the first thing about rape. You need to integrate your shadow bro.

  18. Turkey is not that friend. Turkey is not our friend at all. Turks need to give back Constantinople and get up and go back where they came from.

  19. The terms nationalism and patriotism pretty much mean the exact same thing.
    Neither term, refers to the toxic brand of loving ones own country/nation/people/culture.
    That would be ULTRA-nationalism.
    That's the toxic version of nationalism/patriotism.

  20. Im from the 10% of the armenians who survived the deportation. we all live in syria and lebanon right now. Hopefully I will move to my motherland soon 😉

  21. I absolutely agree. Whenever you typically talk to an America about something like D-Day, all they remember is that America and maybe with some help with Great Britain and Canada invaded northern France to take back Europe and imply that we mostly did it. I absolutely hate this. For one, America was not the only one but along with Canada, Great Britton, The French resistance, The Free Belgians, the Greeks, the Norwegians, the Australians, the Czechs, the Poles, The Luxembourg’s, And many other groups help fight to take back Normandy. And also somehow we think that we were the ones who came in and saved everyone. While we along with 5e British, Canadians, etc helped quite a bit in germany’ defeat, the main reason of the Nazi regimes crumble is because of the Soviet Union. They had a huge army with a lot of weapons, tanks, planes, etc that it made us and everyone else a kind of secondary reason for germany’s defeat

  22. Who else clicked expecting a video about American genocide, followed by a few seconds of confusion, followed by sudden self-diagnosis of dyslexia.

  23. Hey,I’m Turkish and i accept genocide (pls dont call police) but I think Azerbaijan part sounds a little false,you’re rught as country they got not much history if we don’t count Azeri rulers in safavid,qajar dynasty.Their culture actually existed long ago like really.You can check out Adhari language aka old Azeri. They wear almost same clothes of Yörüks. ps: dont call cops

  24. at 14:00 you say all turks hate armenians. how can you say that? That's like saying all germans hate jews, simply isn't true.

  25. Really good introduction to the topic of the Armenian genocide. Well done. I doubt the present Turkish regime will ever acknowledge this crime – but they should. Its current leader isn't exactly a truth-teller.

  26. We definitely would have hung out if we went to same college. Your videos are super well done. Look out for a donation from me soon. Keep up the great work.

  27. As a Turk I’m pretty fucking confused how we could have so many nationalist keyboard warrior literally everyone on the internet. These people just want go be offended because people say shit about their country while they do absolutely nothing to make their country into the fetishized place they put it in

  28. Up until the point he goes “Armenian genocide” I thought this was about an American genocide and the Armenia stuff was just leading up to the main topic

  29. Because of the close akliance between Germany and Turkey in the Great War, the Armenian Genocide may have INSPIRED the Nazis. Because this happened on the Russian Front, it may also have inspired the Soviets.

  30. Oh yes let’s demonize Turkey with fake genocide. While no body talks about the genocide of Turks in Balkans during and after the Balkan wars.
    The truth is Armenians backstabbed and rebelled against the Ottoman Empire by supporting Russians during WW1. Therefore, the Armenians were fought against as they were attacking Ottomans. It was nothing like Holocaust at all!

  31. "…the longer we ignore that one friend's…less awesome qualities"

    Knowing Better, is that an endorsement of genocide? Unbelievablele

  32. The Young Turks (the show) has been criticized by many for their historically insensitive name. Ironically, one of the co-hosts is Armenian and serves as their defense against the show's name being offensive. Basically the "I'm not racist, I have a black friend" defense.

  33. 1.54…WRONG!It was imperialism.The Ottoman Empire was an empire,not a nation.The Habsburg Empire was an empire,not a nation.The Russian Empire was an empire,not a nation.A nation governs people with a similar identity.An empire governs a collection of peoples who only have a central government in common.Eg.The Indians and Irish don't have all that much in common(same coours on their flag's) apart from being ruled by the same empire-the British.

  34. Nationalism and extreme Nationalism are two different things. Nationalism is loving your country… Extreme Nationalism is toxic and corrupts a nation

  35. 6:40: "Against the British and French" don't forget the various colonies they called in especially Australia and New Zealand.

  36. The way you put the topic only onesided i can just say that is what you get when you betray an empire armenians had high ranks under ottoman rule since they work for the west mayor nations who radicaliece them in there schools and arm them against the ottoman, yes lots of armenians died but not that amount the total population of ottoman armenians is betwwn 1 to 1.5 million so to tell 1.5 armenians died is nonsense yes its a tragedy but caused by European powers who see armenians as a tool to weaken the empire….

    i hope you can do a video about the minorities under stalin rule like tatars, about the native americans and where did they go, about Algeria during Frence occupation and so on to see how the western powers deal with them and how tolorant they were

  37. "In every friend group, theres that one person that doesnt quite belong . Their presence is just sort of tolerated. Maybe they cheat on their wife or sell drugs on the side .. Turkey is that friend to the US and NATO" Wau what an entry. Well i think the same applies to US and NATO in United Nation.

  38. I appreciate this video and the research and presentation that went into, but I do find the correlation between Turkey's lack of accountability and Hitler's pursuit of the Holocaust highly specious. After all, while it hadn't been defined yet in that way, genocide was very much in vogue among colonial powers.

    Furthermore, the main inspiration for Nazi racial policy wasn't Turkey. It was the United States. Segregation, Jim Crow and harsher immigration laws at the turn of the century were all heavy influence s on the lawyers who codified the Nuremberg laws. As well as native American policy.

  39. I only learned about this from Conan O'Brien. That should tell you where our government's priorities are

  40. So, I'm sure you, Mr. Knowing Better Host, know the following, but I feel I need to post this to make sure other viewers understand.
    Rape is not about sex. It's about Power, humiliation, and terrorization. The point is to destroy a victim from the inside out, ripping away self-worth, senses of safety and security, and rendering them too terrified and hopeless to ever even think of resisting.
    This has been so historically successful that even to this very day people will tell women "Don't arm yourselves! You'll just egg them on!" That couldn't be further from the truth.
    I legally carry a sword, and have done so since Trump was first elected- oh, I mean scammed -into office. Now, for your ordinary common criminal, this simple act of open carrying a short sword completely removes me from their potential victim list:
    " Her? No, too many friends around her. Her? No, too big ( IE probably stronger or heavier than the criminal ) Her? Oh Hell No! SHE'S ARMED!".
    Now, for your average enraged white nationalist who's, let's say, just lost the 2020 election, my being armed changes my threat status. The rage fueled thoughts automatically jump from;
    "Let's rape that leftist bitch!" to "Let's kill that leftist bitch!"
    This gives me the 3 to 5 second window I need to take some of those fuckers out with me. My corpse doesn't care if it gets raped. Only my spirit and consciousness do. So this removes their ability to terrorize me.
    Besides it only takes one good clean downward slash to remind these fascist fucks that the real freedom they needed to fear us possessing was not only given long ago, has not only not yet been taken away, but is Passionately, Fervently and Unendingly defended by Them.
    The inalienable right to BEAR ARMS! If I die fighting on Midgard, I'm taking a White Nationalist's ballr ( one or more) with me! And my Pantheon will laugh themselves shitless and tell me I deserve a place amongst the Valkyrie! I'm Not Afraid To Die For Equality. But hopefully it won't come to that. I'm just not holding my breath, since nationalism did cause both WW1 AND WW2.

  41. I hope the youth of Turkey correct the wrongs their fathers are unwilling to right. Just more ugly, old nationalists keeping the scars of the Armenian Genocide from healing.

  42. You could do a video about the native american genocides next, or some time in the future. I can imagin it gonna be fun

  43. You started talking about how nationalism is bad by invoking Gavrilo Princip who was a devout anti-nationalist and who killed the archduke in Sarajevo not for any ethnic state but on behalf of a group that advocated for a multi-ethnic and multicultural Yugoslavia? Their goal was independence from the Habsburgs, not nationalist ethno-state. Yugoslavia from its inception and up until the 1990s was built on conflict with nationalism because it was the USA of the Balkans in terms of how many cultures and languages it was made up of, and it was nationalism that tore it apart in the end. If you look at how Princip is written about today in the Balkans, you can easily see that it's nationalists on all sides that hate his guts, and sadly they are the ones writing the official history now. I'm sorry but you are really wrong on this one. (Black Hand was a nationalist organization but their involvement with him and the assassination is a long and complicated one; Princip may not have been a nationalist but he was a naive fool in many respects, and they took advantage of that; their goals overlapped in that one instance, but that's pretty much where similarities between Young Bosnia and Black Hand end.) Also sorry for writing an essay, but Princip was not a nationalist by any stretch of imagination. 🙂

  44. Well, I'm a good person so when I blindly worship a demagogue it'll naturally be a good demagogue. Not like the monster that those other bad people worshiped. If only my enemies were good people like me.

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