Opinion of Nevzat Onaran 

  • by Western Armenia, May 31, 2024 in Armenocid

Western Armenia TV presents an excerpt from the article of Turkish journalist-writer, analyst Nevzat Onaran entitled "April 24 from Hamidiyeh" published in Turkish and Kurdish bilingual "Dilop" art magazine, where Onaran made a brief and brief reference to the Turkish Sultan Abdul Hamid. From the 2nd period to 1915 Genocide policies and actions against Armenians during the genocide against Armenians.

The Ittihats by way of Abdul Hamid

The "Unity and Progress" party (young turks) opposed the tyranny of Abdul Hamid together with the Armenian revolutionaries. The "Union and Progress" Committee, which in 1913 As a result of the January coup, left its revolutionary line, as the only party in power, it will be a follower of Abdul Hamid's policy of exterminating Armenians (and Christians) in order to Islamize Western Armenia.

According to Tarek Zafer Tunaya, the Union and Progress Committee "Turkified" its program from 1911 and after the assassination of Grand Vizier Mahmut Shevket (12.6.1913), "his ideology, which he transferred from Ottomanism to Turkism, is unique and became official.

Armenians were targeted in 1914. from August 2, when the German-Turkish alliance agreement was signed.

I summarize the period from August 1914 to April 24, 1915.

1. All Armenian men under the age of 45, like the Ottomans of all nations, were called up for military service on August 5 with the declaration of conscription.

2. With the password of September 6, 1914, the leaders of the Armenian nation were monitored.

3. From September 1914, the topic of the enemy in the language of correspondence was the Armenians.

4. Six months later, on February 28, 1915, Minister Talaat's official statement: "Armenians are internal enemies."

5. The Ottoman Empire, which entered the war on November 11, was defeated by Russia on January 4, 1915 in Sarighamish.

6. In November, in the correspondence between the governors of Bitlis, Erzurum and Van, with Minister Talaat, an agreement was reached on "what to do with the Armenians".

7. We learn from the cipher of the governor of Erzurum dated December 1, 1914, that the decision adopted by the Main Committee of the Union and Progress in order to "prevent the Armenian revolution" was transferred to Van and Bitlis.

8. Armenian soldiers were disarmed on February 25, 1915.

9. From March 4, 1915, under a temporary law, gangs of prisoners were created and sent to the front. Six years later, these prisoners were pardoned by the law of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey.

10. On April 19, Governor of Erzurum Tahsin [Uzer] studied the information he received from the governorates of Van and Bitlis. The Armenian revolution began in Van. The Armenian issue must be resolved.

11. Reports from Van, Caesarea, Diyarbakır, Kharberd, Marash, Adana, Eskişehir, Urfa, Samsun and Edirne before the Russian occupation on May 16/17 suggest that the state had complete supremacy in the field.

12. According to the information of the 3rd army of Van, there is a military force to eliminate the besieged Armenians in the city. Russia occupied Van on May 19, the Ittihad government, expecting victory, focused on the "internal enemy" after the Russian occupation.

No Ottoman document mentions the territory that was under the control of the Armenian rebels (self-defense forces) and where the state power could not enter. The state dominates everywhere.