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Old 03-08-2019, 10:17 PM
 
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During WWI, the Armenian genocide was horrific, women were getting crucified for crying out loud!
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Old 03-08-2019, 11:55 PM
 
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Because Ataturk brought them into the 20th century reforming every aspect of Turkey, it's alphabet, practice of religion, business, etc. He westernized them and made Turkey a possible part of Europe and Western Civilization. That part of gory and sad history became history. and so forth. Because the west needed a stable westward looking Turkey for geopolitical reasons.

Those who knew of the Armenian genocide, knew. Those who didn't, didn't delve too deeply.

He is gone, Turkey has reverted. The president of Turkey just put 1200 or more western educated police and military in prison and who knows whatever a couple of years ago and no one much said "Boo".

That is my best answer for you. It was in the world's geostrategic best interest to slap a wrist but look to a good outcome with modern Turkey. Now I don't know.
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Old 03-10-2019, 09:05 PM
 
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I believe the U.S. government has never formally recognized this genocide.
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Old Yesterday, 11:38 AM
 
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Likely because of the Cold War; Turkey was a strategic ally and politicians have flexible ethics.
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Old Yesterday, 12:44 PM
 
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I think the reason is it was overshadowed by the Nazi Holocaust in later decades, certainly the textbook case of mans inhumanity to man both in terms of body count and methods, and before that by the sheer extreme total of deaths in WW1.

But beyond the Armenian genocide one can ask why don't we hear about the Holodomor - the deliberate Famine-genocide by the Soviet Union in the 1930s, death - 3.5 million. We don't hear much anymore about the Cambodian Khmer Rouge genocide of the 70s either anymore, death - 2-3 million.
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Old Today, 10:22 AM
 
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same reasons the greek genocide is hardly mentioned: a combination of turkey being an ally later on and ww2 largely overshadowing it, not to mention certain groups having a vested interest in promoting denialism.
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