“My conscience does not accept the insensitivity showed to and the denial of the Great Catastrophe that the Ottoman Armenians were subjected to in 1915. I reject this injustice and for my share, I empathize with the feelings and pain of my Armenian brothers and sisters. I apologize to them.”
This is it. This is what a revolutionary internet petition in Turkey is saying. This is it.
This petition was started on http://www.ozurdiliyoruz.com by 200 Turkish intelectuals who could not shut their eyes anymore for the reality of the past. On this very moment more than 28.000 people have joined their plee for forgiveness. Why? Because non-brainwashed history shows us that the Armenian Genocide actually took place. This has been covered up by Turkish nationalistic powers that think they have nothing to apologize for. But this is not reality. It is just another version of ‘Wir haben das nicht Gewusst’ and that is a disgrace for history and humanity.
If Turkey wants to become a real democratic state where freedom of speech is more important than false nationalistic feelings then it would be wise to aknowledge wrongdoings from in the past. This is needed so the past does not become something where we have to be afraid of. Otherwise there will never be real democracy.
It is even more idiotic not to come clean since extreme nationalism has shown that it can only lead to anger and killings. How many journalists like Hrant DInk need to be murdered or how many nobel prize winners need to flee the country because they stand up for truth? It is matter that has to be an issue in the whole Turkish Society and therefor it is a true disgrace that people keep silent. Speak up! Sign this f*cking petition.