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Friday, 2 January 2015

I'll Squeeze Those Armenians Like Lemons - A Slice of History

The following is an account by Garen Kazanc, published in Armenian Weekly.  It is about a slice of history that not many people would know about it – How Turkish government Levied taxes on non muslims and squeezed them like Lemons.
  Special for the Armenian Weekly
It was one of those receptions that had taken months to organize. The tables were fitted with fancy decor topped with bouquets of tulips picked from all parts of the country. The hall was unlike most other halls in the city; elaborately embellished with handmade ornaments, it had the capacity to dazzle one’s eye. Throughout the night, couples mingled, announcers made long speeches, and others danced. It was the place to be.
The reception took place in Istanbul and was hosted and organized by a local Armenian church. The leading figures of Istanbul’s Armenian community were present. Among those invited were various government dignitaries, including Ismet Inonu, then president of the Republic of Turkey. Inonu was accompanied by his wife, who was impressed by the decorations and the preparation that went into the event.
“My goodness, such beautiful decorations!” she said gleefully. “Where do they come up with the money to finance all this wonderful decor?”
“Don’t ponder about that too much,” Inonu replied sternly. “Pretty soon, I’m going to squeeze them like lemons so hard that they’ll run dry.”
Inonu would never back down from his promise.
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  1. I wonder if it was Oliver Stone's "Untold History" in which the Ottoman Empire and Attatürk were depicted in a way which gave more credibility as to why the western world ignored the murdering of Armenians.
    The point was that there were many things summing up and that none of them were "involuntary" and that even if the Armenian resistance could be compared to the Kurdish situation the following actions from Turkey were violently more evil.