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    • Tosefta
    • 26.08.07 | 18:14 (IDT)

    "For the purpose of this Statute, "genocide" means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: (a) Killing members of the group; (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part" - ICC Statute As one can see from the accepted definition of a genocide, the Armenians did suffer from genocide. Hundreds of thousands were killed, intentionally and/or by being moved to uninhabitable areas. Such an event does not simply go away. Every now and then there is a TERROR act by Armenians against Turks. With nations, as with individuals, people must have "closure". Legality is not an issue here, and the Turkish state refuses to admit to genocide not because of fear of any legal action but apparently because of their concept of "national honor". The Japanese are reluctant to admit to war crimes against the Chinese for similar reasons. And the Chinese are angry at the Japanese because of their own national honor, for the same reason that the Armenians want the Turks to admit they were wronged. But to live in a peaceful world, criminals must admit to their crimes; only then they can be forgiven. This is what the Catholics understand, as the Bible already knew: "He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy." - Proverbs 28:13

    from the article: Peres to Turks: Our stance on Armenian issue hasn't changed
    First published 00:00 26.08.07 | Last updated 00:00 26.08.07
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