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Greek and Armenian Genocide

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

As Turkey and Armenia get set to sign an historic agreement the controversy of the Greek Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923 rears its ugly head again. Turkey still refuses to acknowledge the systematic slaughter of these and other peoples during this time. I don’t want to write a scholarly treatise on this subject, others have done so already (try http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_genocide). What I believe is that a country cannot move on if its moral and ethical standards are compromised by denial and revisionism. Turkey wants to be part of Europe and to be seen as a stabilizing power in the Middle East. But refusing to acknowledge the sins of their fathers only reinforces the stereotype that Turks are poorer Arabs prone to savagery, hardly an accurate depiction but one that resonates throughout the west.
Turkish readers may resent this as they should. But they will never enter the 21st century until they acknowledge the Greek Armenian genocide.
And by the way my Greek compatriots. Like many others before and after, Greeks committed many atrocites too in retaliation so our hands are not spotless.

Getting started

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Welcome to all who enter this site and post or respond to this blog. I will be using this forum to comment on subjects that I believe that readers of my novel will find interesting. On any given day you will find comments on Alexander the Great, the pankration, the Olympics, the Elgin marbles, anything Greek I find interesting etc. I will also comment on modern fighting so don’t be surprised to see bits on MMA. boxing, wrestling or what have you. This will be an eclectic site. And of course, anyone commenting on my book is welcome to post here. I will also put updates on the progress of the sequel on this blog. If you think that an idea has been missed or should be pursued, let me know, I may make changes. Keep in mind that this is a public forum so if you want to discuss something with me and not my audience, them email me privately. Info is on this site. I’m excited and I hope you are patient with me.

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Monday, October 5th, 2009

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