Genocide essay

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Genocides are known through the entire world. Genocide is the deliberate and systematic destruction, in whole or in part, of an ethnic, racial, religious, or national group. The entire world has been aware of the crimes committed against certain ethnical, cultural, religious groups. Perhaps the best known and recognized act of genocide was the extermination of the Jews by the Nazi’s during WorldWar II. Who would have thought that before such inhumane acts of cruelty happened, there were long lists of examples. And after such unbearable crimes there would be more. The Armenian and Cambodian Genocides have modified the world, one occurring before and during World War I, and the other occurring after the Holocaust.
How is it possible that after so many crimes, so many tortures, when menare in the search of a better way of living, that genocides are still present. How come that after all the world has been through there is no insurance that these acts of atrocities will not happened again.
Armenian Genocide has been one of the most cruel and violent massacres the world has ever witness.

The Armenian genocide did not happened during World War I. The war was just acontinuation of what had started previously, and rather an alibi for the Ottoman Empire (Turkey today) to exterminate the Armenians.
Armenia during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries had become part of the Ottoman empire, but they had always been respected as Christians and the were guaranteed certain freedoms such as the right of religious freedom. Even though they where granted religious freedom, theywere treated as second-class citizens (because they where not Muslims, therefore they were considered unbelievers). By the mid-1860’s and the early 1870’s the Armenians where inspired by the “Enlightment” ideals of equality and civic responsibility. With this new movement they began asking for more rights and a better treatment from the Ottoman government. Peasants from Western Armeniancomplained about the improper tax collection, criminal behavior, murdering towns of Armenians by Muslims. The government hear what the peasants had to say and they said they would punish the responsible of committing these atrocities. Off course they never did anything. Christians where suppressed at that time by the uprising of Bosnia, Bulgaria, and Serbia. The Great Powers (France, Great Britain andRussia) invoked the Treaty of Paris to protect the Christian minorities in the Ottoman Empire. After the Russo-Turkish war, the Armenians search for insurance and protection in the Russians. During the period of Sultan Abdul Hamid II, the most violent massacres of Armenians occurred. They where locked in a church and the church was set on fire. Many Jews that lived in the area helped the Armenianshide, in their houses and in the Synagogues. On July 24, 1908 sultan Abdul Hamid II, was the end to Ottoman Empire. Hamid was over troughed by the Young Turks Movements, that wanted to create a new image an create a new and solid country to the European standards. Even though the Armenians thought that the repression against them would stop, they had no idea it was about to get worst. Once installedthe CUP, (Committee of Union en Progress) in April 13, 1909, some Ottoman militaries wanted to restore the power to the sultan. After days of riots and fights the CUP, finally was able to put down the uprising movement. The CUP started out wanting to help the Armenians but it finally broke down into pogroms against the Armenians and another violent massacre happened in Adana where 30,000Armenians where killed.
From 1914 the Ottoman Empire entered World War I, in which Armenians regardless of their age where sent to fight. The deportation and expropriation of the land started. They said that this was necessary because the Armenians sympathized with the Russians and Germany was their allied. This was just an excuse to get rid of the Armenians.
Even though 95 years have gone by, the...
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