Greek Crimes in Asia Minor (1922)

Greek Crimes in Asia Minor (1922)

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#1 Feb 4, 2013
The report below almost certainly was presented by the Turkish nationalist forces, even though it was published in Istanbul, home of the Allied-occupied Ottoman puppet government. By 1922, there was not much of this government left, once many of the officials had switched sides and made their way to Ankara, following the death blow of the Sèvres Treaty. Another clue, of course, is that "the General Staff of the Western Front" claims the publishing credit, and the only ones in charge of opposing the Greek invaders were Mustafa Kemal's nationalists.

There was a time in the evolution of the TAT site that I would not have emphasized such a report, given its Turkish origin. The TAT site made a point of concentrating on Western and Armenian sources, that is, those who would have had no reason to defend the Turks. As far as the report below, we all know what the racist genocide forces are going to say, in their famous attempts to try and discredit evidence not in support of their hateful agendas: Why, those Turks were all criminals and liars.(One reason, I have come to realize, why it is important to emphasize these Turkish reports; by excluding them, in a way, I would be agreeing with this racist conclusion.)

It is time that Turkish history is written with the use of Turkish sources. Whomever heard of writing valid history of a nation by relying only upon what the enemies of that nation had to say? That is exactly what the genocide forces do, with their fraudulent "genocide scholarship," at least in the case of the Armenians.

In this case, the following cannot be discredited, because when the Greeks invaded in 1919 and committed their dastardly crimes for the next few years, they did so under the noses of Western observers. It was their criminal behavior that finally compelled the Greeks' British masters to abandon the Greeks. In other words, much of what is below conforms precisely with how on-the-spot Western observers (at least the honorable or reasonable ones) presented the topic.

When the Armenians conducted a similar pattern of the most outrageous atrocities and systematic ethnic cleansing in the East (note how a Greek soldier below, Sergeant Avanguelikos, more or less confirms that the Greek atrocities were conducted with the knowledge of the Greek high command), Western observers were not present, aside from the Armenians' allies, the missionaries (and in the post WWI period, relief workers). The supreme irony in both cases is that if there was a "genocide," as defined by targeting an entirely innocent people (defenseless villagers) solely for who they were (i.e., their ethnic identity in this case), it was the Armenians and the Greeks who committed the "genocide."

Furthermore, when the Russians, French and British (and in the case of the Greeks, the Americans), allowed the Greeks and Armenians to be unleashed upon the defenseless Ottoman public, these imperialist powers bore a great responsibility for the "genocides" perpetrated by their Orthodox pawns. It should not have taken much guesswork to predict exactly in what fashion the Armenians and Greeks would have conducted themselves, given the bloodthirsty ways in which they had historically acted in the past, whenever they had the upper hand.(In the case of Greece, for example, they had engaged in the same "kill every Turk" strategy during their independence circa 1821, as well as in Thrace, Macedonia, Crete, and the Balkan Wars.) Yet both France and Russia have had the audacity to pass genocide resolutions against Turkey, and the U.S. Congress has been preoccupied for years to do the same. Such dishonesty and hypocrisy..!

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#3 Feb 4, 2013
A distinct and regular method seems to have been followed in the destruction of {Turkish} villages, group by group, for the last two months, which destruction has even reached the neighborhood of the Greek headquarters.

The members of the [Inter-Allied] Commission consider that, in the part of the kazas of Yalova and Guemlek occupied by the Greek army, there is a systematic plan of destruction of Turkish villages and extinction of the Moslem population. The plan is being carried out by Greek and Armenian bands, which appear to operate under Greek instructions and sometimes even with the assistance of detachments of regular troops.

As with the Armenians in the east, the victims of this "systematic plan of destruction" included Jews. McCarthy tells us (p. 284, Death and Exile), "More than half the Jews in the zone of war in western Anatolia either left Anatolia or died."

As Greece's fortunes reversed and their army was in retreat, they carried out their well-known scorched earth policy, culminating in the fire of Izmir that the Turks illogically still get the blame for. "Terrible as it was, the destruction of houses and buildings did not have the long lasting effect of the plunder and destruction of livestock." (P. 294, Death and Exile.)

As in the Armenians of the east who had lost the upper hand, most Greeks who were murdered were victimized by Muslim villagers who were out for revenge, and not by regular troops, who were — to their credit, given the awful inhumanity exhibited by the Orthodox peoples— often well-disciplined. It is estimated a total of 300,000 Ottoman-Greeks lost their lives from all causes combined, mainly famine and disease.(Greek refugees from Turkey totaled 1,104,216; source: 1926 Greek census.)

The Muslim mortality for western Anatolia alone was 1,246,068.(1912-1922), and of this figure, 640,000 died as a result of the Greco-Turkish War.(P. 331, fn 195, Death and Exile.)

Ankara, Turkey

#4 Feb 6, 2013
The Fox and the Turkeys.

Against a robber fox, a tree
Some turkeys served as citadel.
That villain, much provoked to see
Each standing there as sentinel,
Cried out, "Such witless birds
At me stretch out their necks, and gobble!
No, by the powers! I'll give them trouble."
He verified his words.
The moon, that shined full on the oak,
Seem'd then to help the turkey folk.
But fox, in arts of siege well versed,
Ransack'd his bag of tricks accursed.
He feign'd himself about to climb;
Walk'd on his hinder legs sublime;
Then death most aptly counterfeited,
And seem'd anon resuscitated.
A practiser of wizard arts
Could not have fill'd so many parts.
In moonlight he contrived to raise
His tail, and make it seem a blaze:
And countless other tricks like that.
Meanwhile, no turkey slept or sat.
Their constant vigilance at length,
As hoped the fox, wore out their strength.
Bewilder'd by the rigs he run,
They lost their balance one by one.
As Renard slew, he laid aside,
Till nearly half of them had died;
Then proudly to his larder bore,
And laid them up, an ample store.

_A foe, by being over-heeded,_
_Has often in his plan succeeded._

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