I wholeheartedly believe that the Armenian genocide was true. While looking at the hundreds of images and first-hand accounts of the genocide it is hard to ignore the truth right in front of your eyes. When looking into the eyes of the refugees you can see their helpless and defeated expressions. The images of people, especially kids, who were malnourished to the point they became piles of bones. It is hard to ignore the intent behind the genocide, which teh Turkish government was becuase the Armenian people were revolting against them and therefore they had no other options; but this isn't true. The real reason for the unjust murdering and erasing of millions of Armenians was because of religion; they wouldn't welcome the religious intolerance of the Turkish government. This can be seen in the priests the Turkish government tortured and murdered, which is a hate-filled act because they are considered some of the holiest people on Earth. In one image of a young boy, Mousheghik, he has holes in his hands from being crucified.
I doubt that no other countries didn't know what was going on with the Turkish government and the Armenian people because it is hard to miss a mass genocide. I believe that because the genocide wasn't infiltrating the war, no one wanted to pay attention because it would only distract them from WW 2. They believed it wasn't their issue because it wasn't on a world scale. I am not surprised the rest of the world turned their backs on the Armenian people, because we love to do that when people need the most help. I am disappointed that the Turkish government and the world as a whole have chosen to try and erase this part of history; it reminds me of the US and our history with racism. They are trying to protect their image.
What is real? People can believe anything someone else says. Instead of being a sheep that follows we should push back and learn. Real history is made up of real evidence, like the photographs and the words of the victims affected by the genocide. The "fake" history is what the Turkish government is spewing out, and what they are putting into their citizens' brains. Their water-downed version of the genocide, not only deprives people of the truth but also forces the Armenians to have to educate people about their genocide. The more "fake" history the Turkish government puts out the harder it is for people, around the world, to remember the American people's history.
The exchange between the Turkish government and St.John was more about covering up their history. They said that the Armenian genocide wasn't a genocide, and they compared it to the Holocaust because the Armenian people tried to revolt against the government so they were justified in murdering millions of them. This comparison is useless because when they could Jewish people tried to revolt against the Nazis.
What I would do in my response to the Turkish government is bring more evidence, because it is hard to dispute hard evidence. St. John asked more questions than trying to argue with them, but they didn't directly answer a single one of his questions. I believe the American people deserve reparations, mostly in the form of acknowledgment, and that is exactly what I would say to the Turkish government. No matter if they agree that it was a genocide or not, millions of Armenians were killed, and that is the story that deserves to be held. When discussing genocide people somethings like to focus on the ones causing the genocide, and while they are important. we should focus on telling the personal stories of the victims; spreading their story is the same as sharing the historical knowledge surrounding the genocide.