Detroit Free Press: “Lessons of Armenian Genocide Relevant to all Nations.”

April is Genocide Month and many people of goodwill are commemorating with solemn observances the Armenian Genocide and the Jewish Holocaust. Others ask why we should remember a genocide carried out during World War I, and a Holocaust that took place during World War II.  Each day’s newspaper brings us fresh stories of slaughter and carnage in some corner of the world. What makes these events different and still relevant to our era? First, of course, are the moral arguments. These were evil deeds, systematically carried out on a large scale by unjust governments against defenseless religious minorities. The Armenian Genocide, the first genocide of the 20th Century, took the lives of as many as 1.5 million people, yet the Turkish government denies to this day that it happened.