Saturday, June 02, 2007

A Pseudo-Nation Goes On Parade

A comrade recently remarked that Turks are much like liberals and homosexuals ,whenever they don't get their way, they just become cry babies. Armenian blogger Hyeblog's extensive entry on the American-Turks parade in New York,demonstrates this nicely in the little Turkish write-up piece,copy and pasted, on the history of the parade: "In the 1980s the parade was a platform where Turkish Americans tried to draw the attention of American public to some of Turkey's international conflicts such as those with Armenia and Greek Cyprus. "..."New York Police Department was very concerned also because the first informal Turkish Day Parade was organized to protest the murders The Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia (ASALA) had committed. ASALA was a terrorist organization that aimed to compel the Turkish government to acknowledge publicly its alleged responsibility for the deaths of 1.5 million Armenians in 1915, pay reparations, and cede territory to Armenia"

We first learned of the Turkish Embassy's heavy involvement in organising this parade from Speros Vryonis' study The Turkish State And History. Vryonis documents the extensive efforts of Turkish Ambassador Elekdag ,beginning in 1980, to establish a "community" to counter the very debilitating arms embargo that was imposed on arms sales to Turks over the invasion of Cyprus, mostly thanks to not only human rights activists but also thanks to grassroots lobbying by the Greek community in America, which is ,indeed,a real community rooted in America, with varying estimates of several millions spanning some 100 years of community building, the great evidence of this is the fact that Greeks parade on prestigious fifth avenue for as long as there have been heritage parades in New York, lesser respected nationalities--West Indians,Filipinos,Turks get Madison Avenue, in any case the point is the American-Turk parade was just another crybaby response to Greeks and Armenians , real Nations. Unlike Turks who have to be organised and paid by an Embassy.


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