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Sunday, April 23, 2006

April 24

I dedicate this post to the 1.5 million innocent victims of the Armenian Genocide of 1915, which "officially" began on this day, one of the most unbelievably flagitious acts ever perpetrated on this earth. It is one of those rare things, hopefully never to be repeated again, that, in the words of Cicero, would make the stones and trees weep. I bow my head in prayer today so that the souls of the 1.5 million who perished may one day rest in peace. You can light a virtual candle at

(On a positive note, apart from Stephen Harper, California and Florida Governors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jeb Bush, respectively, officially recognized the events of 1915 as Genocide in press releases, which goes against U.S. Foreign policy. The current American government should really read their history books: no less than Woodrow Wilson, Ezra Pound, Teddy Roosevelt acknowledged its existence and sought to help the "starving Armenians." Something in the area of 150 articles appeared in the NY Times alone in 1915 on the subject. Let us hope that one day, human decency will triumph over man's insatiable greed for money, which is the only thing preventing Turkey's impeachment. Thankfully, upright nation's such as Canada, France and Switzerland have heeded their consciences).


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