posted on Mar, 27 2010 @ 05:17 AM
Now, let's take a look at three recent 'population transfer' events involving Turkey.
Excerpt from Wikipedia:
The event known as the Armenian Genocide is considered by some to have been a population transfer.
The Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire was transferred in the years from 1915-1919. It was organised by the Young Turk Ottoman government and
officially called tehcir - meaning "forced relocation".
The Armenian Genocide (Armenian: Հայոց Ցեղասպանություն, translit.: Hayoc’ C’eġaspanowt’yown; Turkish: Ermeni Soykırımı)
– also known as the Armenian Holocaust, the Armenian Massacres and, by Armenians, as the Great Calamity (Մեծ Եղեռն, Meç Eġeṙn,
Armenian pronunciation: [mɛts jɛˈʁɛrn]) – was the deliberate and systematic destruction (genocide) of the Armenian population of the Ottoman
Empire during and just after World War I. It was characterized by the use of massacres, and the use of deportations involving forced marches under
conditions designed to lead to the death of the deportees, with the total number of Armenian deaths generally held to have been between one and one a
half million. Other ethnic groups were similarly attacked by the Ottoman Empire during this period, including Assyrians and Greeks, and
some scholars consider those events to be part of the same policy of extermination.
It is widely acknowledged to have been one of the first modern genocides, as scholars point to the systematic, organized manner in which
the killings were carried out to eliminate the Armenians, and it is the second most-studied case of genocide after the Holocaust. Indeed, the
word genocide was coined in order to describe these events.
The starting date of the genocide is conventionally held to be April 24, 1915, the day that Ottoman authorities arrested some 250 Armenian
intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople. Thereafter, the Ottoman military uprooted Armenians from their homes and forced them to march
for hundreds of miles, depriving them of food and water, to the desert of what is now Syria. Massacres were indiscriminate of age or gender, with rape
and other sexual abuse commonplace.
The Republic of Turkey, the successor state of the Ottoman Empire, denies the word genocide is an accurate description of the events (see, Denial of
the Armenian Genocide). In recent years, it has faced repeated calls to accept the events as genocide. To date, twenty countries have officially
recognized the events of the period as genocide, and most genocide scholars and historians accept this view. The majority of Armenian
diaspora communities were founded as a result of the Armenian genocide.
I must admit that there are a few (mainly Armenian) organizations and associations speaking up on behalf of the Armenians, but so mainly for a
recognition of the Armenian Genocide as a Genocide. The fact that the Armenians have been forced from their ancestral grounds is a conflict still
unresolved. Turkey still do not recognize the systematic killings of Armenians, even less the land stolen from them.
Excerpt from Wikipedia:
Greece and Turkey: population exchanges, 1923
Main article: Population exchange between Greece and Turkey
The League of Nations moving the defined those to be mutually expelled as the "Muslim inhabitants of Greece" to Turkey and moving "the Greek
inhabitants of Turkey" to Greece. The plan met with fierce opposition in both countries and was condemned vigorously by a large number of countries.
Undeterred, Nansen worked with both Greece and Turkey to gain their acceptance of the proposed population exchange. About 1.5 million Greeks and half
a million Muslims were moved from one side of the international border to the other.
Population transfer prevented further attacks on minorities in the respective states while Nansen was awarded a Nobel Prize for Peace. As a result of
the transfers, the Muslim minority in Greece and the Greek minority in Turkey were much reduced. Cyprus was not included in the Greco-Turkish
population transfer of 1923 because it was under direct British control.
It sounds like a neat operation, orchestrated by the League of Nations in co-operation with Greece and Turkey, but I can assure you it was not. People
were - as usual - forced from their ancestral land and homes, and the few elders in both Greece and Turkey still alive who remembers these events talk
of it as the great calamity of their lives.
... Turkey intervened militarilly in Cyprus by sea and air on 20 July 1974. At the time Turkey claimed it was invading to uphold its obligation
under the 1960 Treaty of Guarantee. Talks in Geneva involving Greece, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the two Cypriot factions failed in mid-August,
and Turkish forces subsequently moved from the previous cease-fire lines to gain control of 37% of the island's territory. During the invasion,
approximately 200,000 Greek Cypriots  were displaced from their home land, while Turkish forces killed several thousand Greek Cypriots captured in
the occupied areas. While this was happening, the entire inhabitants of several Turkish Cypriot villages were massacred in reprisal
for the landings at the hands of Greek Cypriot paramilitaries. As of today, there are still thousands of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots
unaccounted for. The events of the summer of 1974 have dominated Cypriot politics ever since and have been a major point of contention between Greek
and Turkish Cypriots, as well as Greece and Turkey.
I believe some of you might realize now that the real Bad Boy of the Near/Middle East isn't necessarily Israel, and still I have not even touched
upon Turkish atrocities and persecutions against Kurdish populations.
That the fate of approximately 200 000 Greek Cypriotes expelled from their ancestral homes does not match that of approximately 500 000 Palestinians
is evident, since the expulsion of 16 million Germans or 14 million Indians cannot match it. Once again, stories of deportation, people loosing their
land, homes and memories, forgotten by all except those who suffered from it, and a hand full of historians.
All in all, the Cypriotic conflict resembles the Palestinian conflict in many ways, except a major one; media coverage.
[edit on 27-3-2010 by Heliocentric]