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Submitted by erdal erol (United States), Jun 24, 2017 at 00:48

United States Government has done very detailed research on the so called "Armenian Genocide" you can go to the Library of Congress and look it up. During and before WW1 both United States and Russia wanted to have a buffer zone in the Near East ( Eastern Turkey) Protestant Church based Beacon St Boston sent missionaries to convert the Orthodox Armenians with promises of their own nation to counter this began making the same promise to the Armenians who did not convert. Please remember Turks and Armenians have lived together for a millenium with peace ( also note Armenians were generally better off then most Turks , financially) When the outside powers fanned the flames of independence there was chaos. Many Turkish citizen Armenians put on Russian uniforms against the Turks. This was a time of great turmoil, war, famine and sickness. Armenians in the war zones were moved to more neutral areas. During this move many Turks and Armenians died due to lack of food and illness.

There are many accounts of river flowing red with the blood of Armenians during the move. Yes it is true but not at the hands of the Turks but from the 3rd group in the area; Kurds. Kurdish militia figured if the Armenians left the area but died to never comeback then their land couldn't be claimed back by the Armenians and they would grab it for themselves. There were many raids on the moving Armenians who were killed and bodies thrown in the river thus the "river flowed red with blood". There are a lot of details in this subject. There are still thousands of Armenian Turks living in Turkey and enjoying the benefits that every other citizen is entitled to. Please go to the official research instead of accounts which are in complete and subjective. Also note many Turkish towns and villages were burned and residents slaughtered in the absence of the men being at the war fronts. Just to be fair my understanding is that after the war when the soldiers returned home and found their homes burned down and their families butchered they naturally had revenge in their hearts so they organized small bands of paramilitary groups to seek any Armenian they could find to exact revenge upon.

Please note this was an action by individuals who have suffered, not necessarily politically correct but given the situation their actions could be understood maybe not sanctioned but understood as human nature. So keep in mind there were no Government or Military order to kill any Armenian citizens of Turkey. ( Also please note I used Turkey in exchange for Ottoman Empire). Also note in the area of conflict twice as many Muslim Turks died as any other non Turks. Also the majority of the Turkish casualties were civilians at the hands of the Russian sanctioned Armenian Militia. PLEASE PLEASE lets not spread and perpetuate incorrect and subjective information.

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