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Holocaust Denial re Armenian Genocide And ongoing Palestinian,
Iraqi And Afghan Genocides

By Dr Gideon Polya

06 March, 2010

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the US Congress House of Representatives has just voted 23 to 22 on Resolution 252 that  recognizes the 1915-1923 Armenian Genocide as a genocide. The 23-22 vote enables the measure to go to the full House of Representatives -  if the House leadership decides to bring it up. Turkey subsequently withdrew its ambassador to the US and the Obama Administration attacked the vote, Secretary of State Clinton declaring : “The Obama administration strongly opposes the resolution that was passed by only one vote by the House committee and will work very hard to make sure it does not go to the House floor,”   (see: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=10016865 ).

Turkey would gain great credit by finally acknowledging the reality of the 1915-1923 Armenian Genocide as a genocide. In doing so they would follow the example of outstanding, Nobel Prize-winning Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk (author of many novels, notably “My Name is Red” and “Snow”; see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orhan_Pamuk ) who has stated that “It's essential to freely speak of what happened to Armenia in the Ottoman Empire” (see: http://www.armenianancestry.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=307 ).  

The Turks alive today had nothing to do with the Armenian Genocide and the continued refusal of Turkish Governments to acknowledge this crime against Humanity simply damages the good name of the Turkish people.

A profound statement was made by Congressman Brad Sherman (Democrat, California) in supporting the Armenian Genocide recognizing House Committee Resolution 252: "Genocide denial is not just the last step of the genocide, it is the first step in the next genocide" (see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CE1pcWy55M ).

The history of the latter half of the  20th century and of the 21st century  reveals how history ignored yields history repeated.   Turkey is a key staging post for the US wars against the people of Iraq , Afghanistan and now NW Pakistan. By steadfastly ignoring the reality of the Armenian Genocide as genocide Turkey has become complicit in genocidal crimes of the US Alliance that have been associated with 4.4 million violent and non-violent excess deaths in Iraq (1990-2010) and 4.5 million violent and non-violent excess deaths in Afghanistan.

Indeed the sensitivity of the Obama Administration to the House Committee Armenian Genocide resolution 252 stems from Turkey's key logistical role in the US War On Terror that in actuality is a War on Women and Children or more specifically a War on Arab, Muslim, Asian and non-European Women and Children.

Turkey already admits that hundreds of thousands of Armenian died in WW1 and accordingly should realize that the continuing argument about the Armenian Holocaust or Armenian Genocide is ultimately an argument about semantics – about the meaning of the words “holocaust” and “genocide”, as elaborated below.      

Holocaust is the destruction of a large number of people. The term was first applied to a WW2 atrocity by Jog in 1944 (Jog, N.G. (1944), Churchill's Blind-Spot: India (New Book Company, Bombay)) in relation to the “forgotten” man-made Bengal Famine (6-7 million Indians - many of them Muslims in a "forgotten" WW2 Muslim Holocaust - deliberately starved to death by the British, 1943-1945). It was subsequently applied to the Jewish Holocaust (5-6 million killed, 1 in 6 dying from deprivation) which was part of a horrendous WW2 European Holocaust (30 million Slavs, Jews and Gypsies killed in the Nazi German Lebensraum genocide).

Unfortunately the racist Zionists (RZs) (who were complicit in the Jewish Holocaust by collaboration with the Nazis, opposing placement of Jewish refugees anywhere but Palestine and persuading Churchill to oppose the Joel Brand scheme to save 0.7 million Hungarian Jews) have appropriated the term Holocaust to mean only the WW2 Jewish Holocaust to the exclusion of all other holocausts (see the testimony of outstanding humanitarian Jews Joel Brand: 
  and Lenny Brenner:   http://sites.google.com/site/jewsagainstracistzionism/brenner-lenni-exposing-zionist-collaboration-and-complicity-with-the-nazis ).

Genocide is very precisely defined in International Law as “ acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group” as set out by Article 2 of the 1948 UN Genocide Convention : “In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, as such: a) Killing members of the group; b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.”

Key to this internationally agreed, legal definition of genocide is “intent”. Thus the “intent' of a serial killer is not abolished by his refusal to confess or otherwise explicitly declare “intent” – it can be clearly established simply by the evidence of sustained, remorseless actions leading to serial deaths. Likewise, for example, the sustained, remorseless actions (and inactions) of the British caused the deaths of 6-7 million Indians in 1943-1945 Bengali Holocaust (see the transcript of the 2008 BBC broadcast involving myself, Economics Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen and other scholars: http://www.open2.net/thingsweforgot/bengalfamine_programme.html ) and  the sustained British deprivation of its Indian subjects in the 2 century British  Indian Holocaust (1.5 BILLION excess deaths, or about 1.8 BILLION  including the Native States, and about 20% of them Muslims).

Here is the expert advice of Denis Halliday (who resigned after 34 years with the UN, including being UN assistant secretary-general, over the Sanctions  imposed on Iraq, characterizing them as “genocide”) on genocidal “intent to kill” in answering the question “Who, in your view, is primarily responsible for the deaths of those 500,000 children under five [under Sanctions]?” (2000) : “All the members of the Permanent Security Council, when they passed 1284, reconfirmed that economic sanctions had to be sustained, knowing the consequences. That constitutes ‘intent to kill', because we know that sanctions are killing several thousand per month. Now, of the five permanent members, three abstained; but an abstention is no better than a vote for, in a sense. Britain and America of course voted for this continuation. The rest of them don't count because they're lackeys, or they're paid off. The only country that stood up was Malaysia , and they also abstained. But you know, by abstaining instead of using your veto, when you are a permanent member you're guilty because you're continuing something that has this deadly impact. However, I would normally point the finger at London and Washington , because they are the most active in sustaining sanctions: they are the ones who will not compromise" (see: Denis Halliday, interviewed by David Edwards, “Half a million children under five are dead in Iraq – who is responsible. An interview with Denis Halliday - Former Assistant Secretary-General of The United Nations”, Media Lens, May 2000: http://www.medialens.org/articles/the_articles/articles_2001/iraqdh.htm ).

Muslims have been subject to horrendous mass murder events, such as the mass murder of the people of Jerusalem by the Crusaders on 15 July  1099 - more than  70,000 dead bodies of Muslim children and women were found in the Mosque of Omar in Jerusalem alone. In the13th century  the Mongols under Genghis Khan killed millions in Iraq and adjoining. regions. In 1492 millions of Muslims (and Jews) were killed or expelled from Spain , putting an end to the brilliant civilization of Moorish Spain. Millions of Muslims were killed in subsequent centuries due to expansion of the Russian Empire in Asia, the British Empire in Asia and Africa, the French Empire in Asia and Africa, the Spanish Empire in Asia and Africa, the Portuguese Empire in Africa and Asia  and the Dutch Empire  in South East Asia (principally in what is now Indonesia).. 

The horrible reality in today's world is an ongoing Muslim Holocaust and Muslim Genoicde that isremorselessly ignored by academics, journalists, politicians  and media in the lying, holocaust complicit, holocaust ignoring, genocide complicit, genocide ignoring,  Zionist-beholden, neocon-beholden, US imperialism-beholden Western Murdochracies. The parts of this ongoing Muslim Holocaust and Muslim Genocide are summarized  below.

Palestinian Holocaust, Palestinian Genocide (0.3 million post-invasion violent and non-violent excess deaths, 0.2 million post-invasion under-5 infant deaths, 7 million refugees):   http://sites.google.com/site/palestiniangenocide/ .

Afghan Holocaust, Afghan Genocide (4.5 million post-invasion violent and non-violent excess deaths, 2.4 million post-invasion under-5 infant deaths, 3-4 million refugees plus 2.5 million NW Pakistan Pashtun refugees): http://sites.google.com/site/afghanholocaustafghangenocide/ .

Iraqi Holocaust, Iraqi Genocide (2.5 million post-invasion violent and non-violent excess deaths, 0.9 million post-invasion under-5 infant deaths, 5-6 million refugees; 1990-2010, 4.4 million violent and non-violent excess deaths,  2.1 million under-5 infant deaths): http://sites.google.com/site/iraqiholocaustiraqigenocide/ .

Global avoidable mortality of Muslims : the above  atrocities are dwarfed by the 1950-2005 excess deaths in the mostly post-colonial Muslim  World that totalled 0.6 billion (see my book "Body Count. Global voidable mortality since 1950" , G.M. Polya, Melbourne , 2007, and "Global avoidable mortality": http://globalavoidablemortality.blogspot.com/ ).

Climate Holocaust, Climate Genocide (man-made global warming increasingly impacts the current 22 million annual avoidable deaths from deprivation and deprivation-exacerbated disease; estimates from top UK climate scientists Dr James Lovelock and Professor Kevin Anderson point to 10 billion avoidable deaths this century due to unaddressed global warming, this including 6 billion infants, 3 billion Muslims in a near-terminal, 21st century Muslim Holocaust , 2 billion Indians, 1.3 billion non-Arab Africans,  0.5 billion Bengalis, 0.3 billion Pakistanis and 0.3 billion Bangladeshis): http://sites.google.com/site/climategenocide/ .

I have used the above compilations (based on UN Population Division, UNICEF and WHO data) in making a  Formal Complaint to the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court re Australian Government and US Alliance Formal complaint to the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court re various US Alliance, NATO, EU, Australia, New Zealand and UK involvement in Palestinian Genocide, Iraqi Genocide, Afghan Genocide, Muslim Genocide, Aboriginal Genocide, Biofuel Genocide and Climate Genocide: http://sites.google.com/site/
. Turkey has made a major contribution to Humanity but no country is without blemish and denial of such blemishes simply compounds the problem of “history ignored yields history repeated”. . Indeed my own country Australia was intimately connected with the xenophobia-driven Armenian Genocide which commenced after months of Allied shelling in the Dardanelles and the day before the invasion of Turkey by Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) soldiers at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. The Armenians observe 24 April  as Armenian Genocide Day and in Australia and New Zealand 25 April is observed as Anzac Day, the most solemn memorial day in Australasia . Australia still does not recognize its unwitting role in the Armenian Genocide.

Australians have much to be proud of in terms of humane social innovation – we were world leaders in free trade unions, democracy, one-man-one-vote, women's suffrage, free education, free speech, religious tolerance, accessible universities, accessible hospitals and the 8 hour day. Nevertheless Australia has an appalling secret genocide history involving participation in a succession of 21 genocides, commencing with the Aboriginal Genocide. Indeed 7 of these genocides in which Australia is complicit are still ongoing, specifically the ongoing Palestinian Genocide, Iraqi Genocide, Afghan Genocide, Muslim Genocide, Biofuel Genocide, Climate Genocide and the Aboriginal Genocide – all genocides as defined by Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention (see “ Australia 's secret genocide history. La Trobe, “Bundoora Eucalyptus” & Black Crimes of White Australia ”: http://sites.google.com/site/aboriginalgenocide/australia-s-secret-genocide-history and “Muslim Holocaust, Muslim Genocide”: http://sites.google.com/site/

Yet Australia is in almost complete denial about these ongoing atrocities. Thus the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) is the most unbiased and liberal of Australia's Mainstream media but a search of the whole ABC site for the terms Palestinian Genocide, Iraqi Genocide, Afghan Genocide, Muslim Genocide, Biofuel Genocide, Climate Genocide and the Aboriginal Genocide yields almost no results except for a few relating to the Aboriginal Genocide (noting that a major denier of the Aboriginal Genocide sits on the ABC Board) (e.g. see “Iraqi Holocaust minimizing by Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) ”: http://sites.google.com/site/exposeholocaustdenialignoring/iraqi-holocaust-minimizing-by-australian-broadcasting-corporation-abc ). The Turkish people would gain great credit internationally by (a) finally acknowledging the reality of the 1915-1923 Armenian Genocide as a genocide and (b) by exposing and opposing the mass murder of their co-religionists in the ongoing US Alliance Palestinian Genocide, Iraqi Genocide, Afghan Genocide and racist Zionist-promoted Muslim Holocaust and Muslim Genocide.

Dr Gideon Polya published some 130 works in a 4 decade scientific career, most recently a huge pharmacological reference text "Biochemical Targets of Plant Bioactive Compounds" (CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, New York & London, 2003:
http://www.amazon.com/Biochemical- Targets-Plant-Bioactive-Compounds/dp/0415308291 ). He has recently published “Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950” (G.M. Polya, Melbourne, 2007: http://globalbodycount.blogspot.com/ and http://mwcnews.net/Gideon-Polya ) and an updated 2008 version of his 1998 book “Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History, Colonial rapacity, holocaust denial and the crisis in biological sustainability” (G.M. Polya, Melbourne, 2008: http://janeaustenand.blogspot.com/ ). He is currently teaching Biochemistry theory and practical courses to second year university agricultural science students at a very good Australian university. Words having failed, he also paints huge Paintings for Peace, Planet, Mother and Child: http://sites.google.com/site/artforpeaceplanetmotherchild/ (anyone is free to reproduce these images with attribution in the interests of Humanity).