On September 13, from 00.05, the Armenian people woke up again from their bombs Azerbaijan. Less than two years after Azerbaijan’s brutal war against its Armenians Artsakhknown as Nagorno-Karabakhthe Azerbaijani military is now waging an illegal war of aggression against the Republic of Armenia.
According to the Armenian government, at least 135 Armenian soldiers were killed in night attacks from Azerbaijan.
Turkey will continue to stand by Azerbaijan and will always do so, the Turkish Foreign Minister said on the same day Mevlut Cavusoglu.
Azerbaijan’s aggression against Armenians has caused massive destruction of civilian buildings and communities, as well as horrific torture and killing of Armenians.
THE Anous Apetian, a 36-year-old Armenian soldier, for example, was captured alive and then raped, tortured and dismembered by Azerbaijani soldiers. They put her severed fingers in her mouth and gouged out her eyes. Azerbaijani soldiers filmed these barbaric acts and uploaded the video on social media. Apetian had three children, aged 16, 15 and 4.
Armenians in Artsakh were also genocidally attacked by Azerbaijan and Turkey during the 2020 War on Artsakh that lasted 44 days, from 27 September to 10 November.
The whole world watched while the aggressors committed many crimes and indiscriminately bombed the native lands of Armenia. About 90,000 Armenians were forcibly displaced.
Turkish and Azerbaijani soldiers then jointly held a military “victory parade” in Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku, on December 10, 2020.
During the “victory parade”, Mr Erdogan delivered a speech in which he praised him Enver Pashaone of the planners of the Christian genocide in Ottoman Turkey in 1913-1923, which targeted Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks.
During the event, the Ottoman military parade took place.
Erdogan referred to Islamic Army of the Caucasus of 1918 created by Enver Pasha and led by the Ottoman commander, Nuri Pasha.
The Islamic Caucasus Army was responsible for the massacres that exterminated the non-Muslim population of Baku, mainly Armenians.
Erdogan said: Today is the day when the souls of Nuri Pasha, Enver Pasha and the brave soldiers of the Caucasus Islamic Army are blessed.
Just as Turkey falsely claims that the Greek islands in the Aegean and Cyprus are Turkish territory, Azerbaijan falsely claims that Artsakh and even Armenia, including the capital Yerevan, is Azeri territory.
During his speech Aliyev said that the Armenian capital of Yerevan, Armenia’s Lake Sevan and the Syunik (Zangezur) region in southern Armenia are “historic lands of Azerbaijan”.
This was not the first time that Aliyev referred not only to Artsakh but also to the Republic of Armenia as “Azerbaijani lands”.
In 2018, for example, Aliyev referred to the same Armenian regions as “historical lands of Azerbaijan”.
“The return of the Azeris to these lands,” he added, “is our political and strategic goal and we must work step by step to achieve it.”
To this end, Azerbaijan is targeting Artsakh and Armenia with the full support of Turkey.
“We support Azerbaijan until victory,” Erdogan said on October 6, 2020.
“I say to my brothers from Azerbaijan: May your Gaza be blessed.”
“Ghazwa” (gaza) in Islam means fighting or raiding non-Muslims to expand Muslim territory and/or convert non-Muslims to Islam.
Erdogan has openly argued that attacks on Armenian soil constitute jihad.
Moreover, it was not only Turkey and Azerbaijan that attacked the Armenians.
Turkey also deployed Syrian jihadists to Azerbaijan to fight against Artsakh, according to a UN report.
Likewise, Turkey recently celebrated the 1922 Smyrna Genocide against Greeks and Armenians, which, according to Turkish historiography, was merely a “victory against Greek invaders.”
On September 4, Erdogan addressed Greece in a public speech:
“Greeks, look at history. If you go further, the price will be heavy.
»We have only one sentence for Greece: Don’t forget Smyrna.
»The capture of the islands [στο Αιγαίο] it won’t stop us.
“We will do what is necessary when the time comes.
“You know what we say: “Unexpectedly one night we will come” [να σε κατακτήσουμε]».
On August 30, celebrated as “Victory Day” in Turkey, Erdogan said:
We see our enemies [τους Έλληνες] to destroy our cities on their way out [από την Ανατολία το 1922] as evidence of their vile character. Just as it is today.
What Erdogan was referring to was Turkey’s genocidal attack on Greeks and Armenians in the city, also known as Smyrna, in 1922.
The Turkish attack against Greeks and Armenians has a long history
Greece and Armenia are trying to preserve what remains of historical significance from the Turkish attacks – including their homelands, cultural identity and heritage.
This history of Turkish violence against indigenous Christians – inspired by Islamic jihad and Turkish expansionism – began in the eleventh century with the invasion of Turkish armies from central Asia into eastern Anatolia (or the Armenian highlands), which was then within of the borders of the Eastern Roman or Byzantine Empire.
Throughout history, Turkish governments have had a policy of aggression and persecution against native Christians.
The culmination of this persecution was the 1913-23 genocides of Greeks, Armenians and Assyrians by Ottoman Turkey, which the International Association of Genocide Scholars also recognizes as genocide.
Successive Turkish governments commemorated the perpetrators of the genocide as well as the organizers of the 1955 Istanbul pogrom that targeted the city’s Greeks, Armenians and Jews.
Many schools, universities, airports, avenues, streets, neighborhoods and other places throughout Turkey are named after perpetrators of the genocide and other state officials who committed crimes against their minority citizens.
As the international community’s response to Turkey’s genocide denial was slow and ineffective, genocide denial means that the genocide continued.
On August 17, the Lemkin Institute for Genocide Prevention issued a “Red Flag” warning of possible genocide by the governments of Azerbaijan and Turkey against the Armenian population.
Turkey’s proud denial of these genocides and its continued attacks on Greece, Armenia and the Assyrians in Iraq and Syria are intertwined.
The same ideology that drove the Christian genocide of 1913-23 motivates Turkey and Azerbaijan’s attacks against Armenians, Greeks and other Christians today.
In 2016, the Human Rights Association of Turkey (IHD) announced:
Genocide denial perpetuates genocide.
Denial becomes institutionalized, and is actually socialized and internalized by generations of perpetrators.
Denial continuously reproduces hatred against the identity of the victims.
The international community must act immediately to hold Azerbaijan and Turkey accountable.
The security of Greece, Armenia, Cyprus, Iraq, Syria and indeed the Turkish people from their own Turkish government depends on ending impunity for the illegal actions of the governments of Turkey and Azerbaijan.