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“When you're left wounded on

Afganistan's plains and

the women come out to cut up what remains,

Just roll to your rifle

and blow out your brains,

And go to your God like a soldier”

“We are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction.”

“It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.”

“Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.

“The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace,

for he must suffer and be the deepest wounds and scars of war.”

“May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't .”
“The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.

“Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.

“Fixed fortifications are a monument to the stupidity of man."
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.
Rather we should thank God that such men lived.

The Soldier stood and faced God

Which must always come to pass

He hoped his shoes were shining

Just as bright as his brass

"Step forward you Soldier,

How shall I deal with you?

Have you always turned the other cheek?

To My Church have you been true?"

"No, Lord, I guess I ain't

Because those of us who carry guns

Can't always be a saint."

I've had to work on Sundays

And at times my talk was tough,

And sometimes I've been violent,

Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny

That wasn't mine to keep.

Though I worked a lot of overtime

When the bills got just too steep,

The Soldier squared his shoulders and said

And I never passed a cry for help

Though at times I shook with fear,

And sometimes, God forgive me,

I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place

Among the people here.

They never wanted me around

Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here,

Lord, It needn't be so grand,

I never expected or had too much,

But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was silence all around the throne

Where the saints had often trod

As the Soldier waited quietly,

For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you Soldier,

You've borne your burden well.

Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,

You've done your time in Hell."

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The Dark Heart of the 20th Century Reflected in the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict
Sunday, October 18, 2020

Turkey Covers Up The Armenian Genocide

Jihad Watch
: Tucked away in the southern Transcaucasian highlands, which is the very headwaters of the Middle East, is a small country by the name of Armenia which parallels the history of Israel in many surprising, striking ways. Armenians have inhabited this area of the world for thousands of years. They even claim Noah’s heritage as the famed Mt. Ararat dominates the skyline of Armenia’s capital, Yerevan.

In the first century B.C., the kingdom of Armenia set aside the Seleucid empire which had caused so much trouble to the small nation of Judea just to the south for well over 100 years. At this time, Armenia ruled from the Caspian to the Mediterranean until Rome squeezed them out of Syria or Cilicia in the 60s B.C. Later, Augustus Caesar used Armenia as a buffer state. It was the emperor Trajan who finally absorbed Armenia into the Roman Empire (114 A.D). A decade before Constantine took up the banner of the cross, Armenia became the first Christian nation in the world.

Though Armenian Christianity had some key theological differences with Eastern Orthodoxy, the Armenians flourished under Byzantium. However, they began to suffer at the hands of Islam during the crusades. After the conquest of Constantinople in 1453, Armenia had been under Islamic hegemony ever since – until the Ottoman Empire, along with its German ally, i.e., the Second Reich (1871-1918), collapsed in the aftermath of World War I.

The map above is an old German ethno-geographic map depicting the presumed racial distribution of Europe and the Middle East at the outset of the Great War (1914-18). The publishing of this map reflects Friedrich Ratzel’s (1844-1904) blending of social Darwinism with what he called anthrogeographie. Ratzel viewed history as a biological theater of evolutionary geopolitics where the various races expand outward looking for geographical living space – all of which reflects the eugenic health of the nation. This blending later became more infamously known as lebensraum, or “living space,” through the rise of National Socialism, with no small thanks to the likes of Karl Haushofer (1869-1946) and Nazi deputy Führer Rudolf Hess (1894-1987), who helped convert Ratzel’s anthrogeography into Mein Kampf — which Hitler wrote while in prison for rioting on the streets of Berlin in 1923. Hitler argued for the racial struggle of the Aryan victims against the backdrop of what he claimed was the unjust Treaty of Versailles and the international cabal behind it all, which he said was largely corrupted by Jewish communists and capitalists.

Closely connected to this was the fact that the Nazis were well aware of the Armenian genocide, which was perpetrated by the Ottoman Turks during the Great War. In 1915, at least 1.5 million Armenians were annihilated from what is today eastern Turkey in a racial cleansing operation of genocidal proportions. This was on top of previous and subsequent massacres of Armenians that sporadically occurred 20-30 years before the war. As the Ottoman empire was contracting, shrinking, and weakening during this time, it began to take out its frustrations against its own inhabitants. The Armenians were singled out as back stabbers, recalcitrant malcontents, and rebels whose shady business practices were highway robbery. Perhaps most shocking, it was the Young Turks, the presumed so-called moderate Muslims of the day, who carried out the Armenian genocide. However, the progressivism of the Young Turks was connected to European and German “scientific” social Darwinism and its geopolitical doctrines.

Indeed, the lower left part of the map highlighted directly above shows a big blue “problem” in what is called Armenia today. It stood directly in the way of the Ottoman Empire’s Pan-Turkish plans for the upper Middle East. It was during the Great War that the western blue-striped side of Armenia was completely wiped out during the Armenian genocide. However, at the very close of the Great War in 1918, with the Ottoman Empire in a freefall, the Armenians themselves had two decisive victories against the Turks at Sardarapat and Aparan, which saved them from further annihilation. While the Turks have not been back since, they still have Pan-Turkish plans to go from the Mediterranean all the way to Baku, Azerbaijan.

Before, during and after the war, the German press, media, and books routinely characterized the Armenians as a lower race like the Jews, vultures with crooked noses, usurers, money grubbers, and traitors who were directly responsible for making the Ottoman Empire sick from a eugenic point of view. Before Israel gained its own national independence in 1948, the Germans called the Armenians “the Jews of the Orient.” This allowed the press, media, and culture of the Second Reich – all of which was largely buoyed at that time by the anti-Semitic social progressivism of German Theological Liberalism, which was based on natural theology rather than the Bible, to ignore the plight of Armenian Christians. Scientific racism, instead of leading to progress, thus evolved into justifying a “Kaiser Jihad” instead.

After the war, when the very perpetrator of the genocide, Talat Pasha (1874-1921), was assassinated by an Armenian in Berlin, the ensuing trial became national headlines. All of Germany thus became exposed to the true horrors of the Armenian Genocide – savagery that was especially macabre toward women in particular. Initially, Germans were sympathetic to the Armenians, but subsequently after the German Press went to work, the genocide was largely justified within a few years no matter how brutal it may have all been.

The Nazis were very impressed with the cleansing of the Armenians from the Turkish landscape as a new and pure Turkey was born after the Allies redrew the maps of the Middle East. The Armenian genocide thus became a geopolitical genocidal template of sorts for the Holocaust. Even the very word “genocide” itself largely comes from the German word “volkermord,” which literally means “murder of an ethnic race” that is not only deeply imbued with social Darwinism, but was also used in descriptions connected to the Armenian massacres of the 1890’s and following. Other phrases and terms such as “total annihilation” or “final goal” or “solution” to the Armenian problem/question(s) were also used. The Final Solution was thus presaged in the literature connected to the Armenian Genocide.

Both the Armenian Genocide and the Jewish Holocaust are historical tragedies which prejudicially reflect the very anti Judeo-Christian sentiments of the 20th century, which continue unabated today. While Armenia and Israel did become independent nations after their respective genocides during the tumult of two world wars, yet because of all the carnage and suffering, they both have significant populations outside their own countries, known as their “diasporas.” Both Armenia and Israel were also subjugated to smaller pieces of real estate every time the territorial maps were redrawn.

Indeed, in the early 1920’s, after Armenia had received independence from the Ottoman empire with international backing, Stalin handed over an area called the Nagorno-Karabakh of the Armenian highlands to a brand-new country that never existed before called Azerbaijan – which led to killings and constant repression of the Armenians living there. Stalin probably did so because his rise in communism largely began in Baku (1907-09), where he defended the labor movement, fomented revolution, and shook down British and Tsarist conglomerates in the rich oil fields developing there. Moreover, Stalin hated religion. He undoubtedly wanted to keep both the Christians and Muslims off balance and against each other so that the Soviets could easily divide, conquer, and rule over both.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Armenians and Azerbaijanis unsurprisingly went to war in the early 1990s over the Nagorno-Karabakh, with Azerbaijan wanting to maintain what Stalin gave them. All the while, the Armenians knew it would be a disaster for them if such was/is the case, in which an independent Muslim country will dominate their lives without the iron fist of the Soviet Union to serve as a buffer between them. While occasional flareups have been routine since that time, it all suddenly become far more serious as Azerbaijan, under Turkey’s direction, broke the ceasefire agreement dating back to 1994 with the biggest attack yet seen since that time. With Armenia’s survival at stake, together with Turkey’s refusal to admit its genocidal past, the recipe for another disaster is very real.

Azerbaijan has three to four times the population of Armenia. Their strong ally, Turkey, has more than 80 million people. Armenia has perhaps three million people. Armenia is a poor, land-locked country sandwiched in between them both. The math is not good, and the odds are even worse. Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia are both presently under martial law, as the COVID crisis has now been replaced by something far more dangerous – a real war in the very heart of the upper Middle East.

In 1939, Hitler allegedly said of the Armenians from his Bavarian alpine chalet, “Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?” Both Azerbaijan and Turkey are counting on the exact same sentiments at a time when the western elites are all hiding behind their COVID masks. Too many people approach this problem from the standpoint of either globalists or isolationists. Neither approach is correct.

posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 11:24 AM  
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