The following is my response to an article by Taner Akcam at ArmenianWeekly that the latter would not post. They always spike that which is not politically correct in their multicultural world view, i.e., they worship at the Western altar of self hatred and carry water for the Islamic jihad without being conscious of it.
I have tremendous admiration for Taner Akcam, a Turkish man, for going where his detailed research and documentation took him, to speaking out on the historical truth of the Turks' Genocide of the Armenians. But on Milosevic being behind mass murder or crimes in Bosnia, Kosovo, or Croatia, Mr Akcam is not correct. Most of my fellow Armenians think and believe as Mr Akcam does on Milosevic or the Serbs without knowing any more than what they have read in the newspapers or heard on TV.
Here is one example among thousands to show how most have been misled. Roy Gutman won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting that Serbian soldiers had a camp (he was never there) holding several thousand Muslim women that were being raped. This was immediately front page news in Europe and the US. Several reporters in Bosnia decided to find that Serbian rape camp. The locals said yes, there were several thousand Muslim women being raped. As the reporters neared the site the locals there said there were hundreds of Muslim women being raped. When they arrived at the site there was no rape camp. The reporters found that four women had been raped. They filed reports on what they found but the networks spiked the reports. There are still books in stores that still talk about those terrible Serbs running that rape camp that never existed.
The one example above does not refer to Milosevic. Here I will only mention that Taner Akcam, like many others, makes the accusation that Milosevic was behind crimes against humanity in Croatia but the reality is that the Croatians committed the largest act of ethnic cleansing and mass murder in all the wars in Yugoslavia in the 1990’s when they expelled 250,000 Serbs from the Krajina. So what are the crimes of Milosevic in Croatia?
There are thousands more examples. Look for yourself, read the reports of UN personnel on the ground then read what the UN reported out of NY, read what reporters wrote that were eye witnesses then read what the networks reported; you will be shocked. You will be asking yourself how did reports X turn into reports Y?
By this point I am sure there is much hand wringing and the Armenians are asking how is this important to us. Remember the time in the 1990’s when Armenians were being murdered in Baku and Nagorno-Karabakh kicked out Azerbaijan? Do you remember what CNN was reporting? It was reporting that Armenians were mass murdering Muslims. Yes, this is correct, everyone seems or wants to forget. Azerbaijan was part of the conduit of the mujahideen from Muslim countries to jihad against the Christians of Bosnia, Kosovo, and Nagorno-Karabakh. The handlers of the mujahideen in Bosnia had seen how the gullible Western media would run any pro-Muslim report no matter how incredible. CNN approached the war over Nagorno-Karabakh with the same mentality and it’s no surprise that Azeri Muslims obliged. By this time I knew their modus operandi and expected the worse for Nagorno-Karabakh. But something happened that I didn’t expect. Armenians threatened CNN with extreme violence if their campaign of lies didn’t stop, and out of fear CNN did stop. To see Armenians stop that juggernaut Western lying machine in the service of the jihad made me a prouder Armenian. But most Armenians have forgotten or never knew the story.
Other than this one disagreement with Taner Akcam, who I have met in Oakland, I admire him and consider him a brave man.