Robert M. Katzman’s Amazing Story: http://www.differentslants.com/?p=355
Significant Follow-up Developments Since The original Story Was written:
My story, (click on the high-lighted link below to read my original story)
about trying to resolve the nearly century old unresolved anger and emnity between the Armenians and the Turks, was first published fourteen months ago in October 2007. I wrote an even-handed proposal suggesting what I felt was fair and possible to make a difference in that part of the world, but I had no real belief that anything would change.
The forces and attitudes on both sides of the historical dispute were so frozen in their positions, concerning the truth about the history of those times early in 1900, that any effort to soften all the rigidity seemed impossible for anyone to make a difference. Then this happened:
This difficult-to-believe story was published in The New York Times on Tuesday, December16, 2008:
Turkey: Apology for Armenian Killings
A group of about 200 prominent Turkish intellectuals issued an apology on the Internet on Monday for the World War I-era massacres of Armenians in Turkey.
The group of academics, journalists, writers and artists avoided using the contentious term “genocide,” referring to the killings of more than a million Armenians by the Ottoman Turk government from 1915 to 1918 as a “great catastrophe.”
While Turkey does not deny that many died, it has rejected the word genocide and has prosecuted people who have publicly acknowledged Turkish culpability for it. The statement said in part:
I reject this injustice, share in the feelings and pain of my Armenian brothers, and apologize for them.”
There were no threats of legal action from the government on Monday. (Read on …)