Turkey’s attempt to cultivate an image as the global protector of Muslim rights is compromised by a legacy of ethnic cleansing and genocide against Christians and terror against Arabs and Kurds. Memories of these crimes are very much alive throughout former Ottoman territories. And Turkey cannot serve as a democratic model until it acknowledges that brutal violence, population transfers and genocide underlie the modern Turkish state
What. In. The. Hell. Is. This. Professor. Smoking.
Yes, yes. Every country in the world is lying when they say they want to uphold human rights. Yes, yes. United States is the only country in the world who rejects the old notion of power politics, instead, they’re operating purely on the basis of moral. Nevermind that human rights is shit to the US when it came to their own security. Nothing to see here, you can all go home now. /sarcasm
But seriously, I’m not saying criticizing Turkey on their human rights record is unfair. My point is it’s a systemic problem, rather than hypocrisy. Everybody wants to be a leader in order to survive, thus everybody wants to be seen as standing on a moral high ground. Of course it’s all smoke and mirrors.
On second thoughts, i’ll revise my position. It is unfair to criticize Turkey when there’s an elephant in the room and we can’t see it. That’s why this article in my eyes are just too pretentious and naive. And to think a professor wrote this.
Taner Akcam, a professor of history at Clark University, is the author of “The Young Turks’ Crime Against Humanity: The Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Ottoman Empire.”
A historian who sold books. Nevermind.