Armenia: The Great Deception Secrets of a "Christian" Terrorist State
A book by Samuel a. WeemsIntroductionWhere did the Armenians come from? One doesn't have to look back very far into history to find the answer.The beginnings of what can be called modern-day Armenia is filled with blood—Muslim blood. In 1820, czaristRussia began the first of several attempts to expand its empire westward in an attempt to obtain an age-old dream ofwarm-water ports. The czars began a conquest to obtain Ottoman Empire lands all the way to the Mediterranean andopen seas.Before the Russian armies began their campaigns of conquest, the czar's agents were sent into Ottoman lands toorganize Christians in an effort to undermine the Ottoman Muslims from within. The Russians reasoned that becausethey were Orthodox Christians, they would have much in common with other Orthodox Christians, such as the Greeks,the Slavs in the Balkans, and the Armenians.The Russians were not able to secure a warm-water port, but they did move their boundaries westward. In the years thatfollowed 1820, the Russians promised the Armenians they would help them establish their own state. At that time, theOttoman Empire was in a final period of decline and decay. Other foreign powers saw this as an opportunity to establishtheir presence in this part of the world. Both England and France sponsored missionary activities there. All too frequentlythroughout history, nations have used Christianity to promote the state's best interest and the religious people sent intodifferent parts of the world worked for both Christ and the state's best interests. This would | be the case within theOttoman Empire.Russia, trying not to be outdone by the English and French, j sought to gain Armenian support in destroying the Ottomangovernment. The Russians promised to create a "Greater Arme- j nia" in eastern Anatolia. The Russian promise wassubstantially more lands between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean than the Armenian people had ever occupied atanytime in their history. In fact, there had never been a truly independent Armenia. There had never been a true"Greater Armenia." Perhaps three thousand years ago there was a tiny kingdom but it did not last long.This "dream" of a "Greater Armenia" that the Russians created in the minds of a few Armenians in the mid-1800scontinues to this day. The Armenians took this Russian promise (that Russians had no intention of keeping) andexpanded upon it. Today, Armenians claim all this land between the Black and Mediterranean seas as their "historichomeland." Nothing could be farther from the truth.The English fanned the flame by calling the Asia Minor of the Bible Armenia. It was Prime Minister William E. Gladstone,in the early 1880s, who concocted the idea that it was in the British's best interests to break up the Ottoman Empire. Hewanted to create a number of small friendly states under England's influence in place of the large Ottoman Empire. Onesuch small state would be called Armenia. Gladstone asked the British press to refer to eastern Anatolia as "Armenia."British consulates were opened throughout the region, and their purpose was to make contact with the local Christianpopulation. An Anglo-Armenian Friendship Committee was organized in London with the express purpose of influencingpublic opinion. Many more Christian missionaries were sent into what England had started calling "Armenia."In 1877 and 1878 there was another war between the Ottoman Empire and Russia. As the war neared its end, theChristian Armenian patriarch of Istanbul, Nerses Varjabedyan, asked the Russian czar to retain the lands his troopsoccupied in east Anatolia. Once the war ended the patriarch asked Grand Duke Nicholas, the Russian militarycommander, to annex all eastern Anatolia into Russia and to help establish an autonomous Armenian state, much likewhat was being established for Bulgaria. Of course this didn't happen as it was not in the Russians' best interest. InBulgaria, there was a majority Christian population. In Ottoman Anatolia, Armenians amounted to less than a quarter ofthe population.The British feared such Russian influence with the Armenians. They concluded that Russia would be a greater threatthan the Ottomans. They realized a Russian-dominated "Greater Armenia" would open up the Persian Gulf and theIndian Ocean where the British possessions in India could be threatened.Greater Armenia did not come into being as the Armenians wanted. However, the Armenian officers in the Russian armycontinued working to stir discontent among the Ottoman Armenians by suggesting they work by themselves to securethe same sort of independence as that secured by the Christians in the Balkans.It must be noted that in the 1800s, Armenians were scattered within and beyond a region that today marks Armenia,Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran, and eastern Turkey. Everywhere, except in a few small pockets, Armenians were a smallminority population. As the Russians acquired lands south of the Caucasus Mountains, they removed the Muslimpopulations that came under their control. The Muslims were replaced with Christians whom the Russians thought wouldbe loyal to the Russian Christian government. Christian Armenians were the focal point of this policy and were givenlands the Russians obtained without paying any compensation. Armenians were moved in once the Russians hadremoved the Muslim owners.
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