One hundred years since the Genocide of the Armenians and I am reminded everyday of human injustice and the countless injustices inflicted by The Ottoman Turks and continued through today’s Turkey that have not been made right. I saw “Woman in Gold,” (film), simplistic, sentimental with heart rending flashbacks of the mistreatment of Jews by their Austrian countrymen in the ‘30s. I was moved. But what struck me was the idea that denial by the perpetrator of a crime committed only serves to strengthen the plight and cause of the “victim/plaintiff.” That being said, the Armenian cause for justice keeps growing stronger.
One hundred years and the atrocities cannot and will not be forgotten. The painful horrific memories of mistreatment through humiliation and shame, through violation of body and soul, of starvation, torture, and the stench of death that is imbedded in the veins of every survivor of the 1.5 million Armenians whose massacres turned the Euphrates river into blood red and whose ashes and bones enriched the soils of the cities along their path, live in all who have fed off the land and drank the waters. We grow stronger, not weaker, guided by our faith in our Christian heritage. One hundred years, and the echo of the Lord’s Prayer in Armenian resounds through the walls of the Vatican and in union with the tintinnabulation of the bells that ring for justice and peace. We are 100 times stronger, 100 times more credible, with 100 times the allies who speak the truth and with 100 times more integrity than one Turkish government that fears the truth.
One hundred years: Unimpaired strength.