The Turkish poet Serkan Engin sends this guest-essay on the Islamic nature of the genocides of the early 20th century against Christian minorities in Turkey.
Islam and the Christian Genocides in Turkey
by Serkan Engin
As some have said in the West: in truth the Armenian, Assyrian, Chaldean, Nestorian and Pontian Greek genocides* were “Christian genocides”. On the other side were Muslim Turks and Kurds. The basis in society and the justification in conscience of these genocides were Islamic rules.
Islam gives permission to all Muslims to kill and rape every non-Muslim, and also to grab all their money and property. The de facto killers in these genocides were the predatory bands of the “Secret Organization” (In Turkish: Teşkilatı Mahsusa). The Turks and Kurds who killed their non-Muslim neighbours, enslaved their women and little girls as sex slaves, and grabbed all their property, had no awareness of “nationalism,” as did their commanders, the leaders of the Union and Progress Organization. So the Turks and Kurds who took part in the Armenian, Assyrian, Chaldean, Nestorian and Pontian Greek genocides massacred innocent humans with pleasure, did not do all this for the benefit of “Turkish nationalism”. They were simple farmers, describing themselves as “Muslim”, but not as “Turkish” or “Kurdish”.
The massacre order given by the Union and Progress Organization leaders was a gift for the Turks who lived as predators for two thousand years, and only turned to agriculture and the breeding of livestock in Anatolia. They considered it a gift because they got the chance to pillage their “rich” non-Muslim neighbours on the order of their government, and also they could take revenge upon non-Muslims who had, in their eyes, a great deal of money.
Kurds had been living in the same region for thousands of years and didn’t have ability, aptitude and historical experience except in the jobs of agriculture and the breeding of livestock. They, like their Turkish coreligionists, became happy too, because along with the Turks they would loot the money and property of the non-Muslims.
Muslim Turks and Kurds pulled their non-Muslim neighbours to pieces with the appetite and wildness of hyenas without any mercy; moreover, they gloated over all of this. They grabbed all the houses and stores of the non-Muslims, and they enslaved the women of non-Muslims as sex slaves and also domestic slaves in their “harems” as their “booty,” as is ordered by the rules of Islam. And they sold some of these women and girls at the slave bazaars for a bit of money.
The perpetrators of this terrible period didn’t feel any self-reproach. On the contrary, they were very happy, because they became more worthy of Allah, the god of Islam. They became better Muslims with these disgusting massacres. So they came closer to the heaven of Islam, with its many houris (group sex) and open buffet bar (rivers of kevser wines).
They were at peace with themselves because they were obeying the laws of their own god, Allah, and the government.
They raped tiny girls and women, slaughtered innocent humans, burned children alive, and massacred millions of non-Muslims by the order of the “peaceful” religion Islam.
Because their Allah was very merciless to the ones who disbelieved.
|*||In 1913, the Turkish Ottoman government of the supposedly liberal Committee of Union and Progress initiated a program of forcible Turkification of non-Turkish minorities. Starting in 1915 the government turned to deliberate extermination of indigenous and Christian ethnic groups — Assyrians, Greeks, Armenians, Chaldeans and Nestorians. Most well-known is the wholesale slaughter and destruction of the Armenian Christians living in what is modern-day Turkey. It is estimated that between 1 and 1.5 million Armenians were killed. In 1943 the Armenian holocaust inspired the Polish-American lawyer Raphael Lemkin to coin the term “genocide” to define the planned and systematic extermination of entire nations or ethnic groups.The genocides ordered by the Turkish government and perpetrated by Turkish and Kurdish Muslims are accepted as fact by serious Western historians but are till this day strenuously denied by the Turkish authorities.
About Serkan Engin
The socialist Laz-Turk poet and author Serkan Engin was born in 1975 in Izmit, Turkey.
His poems and articles on poetic theory appear in more than fifty literary journals in Turkey. In 2004 he published a poetic manifesto entitled “Imagist Socialist Poetry”. He has been trying to launch a new movement in Turkish poetry, and to this end has published numerous articles about literary theory.
His poems and articles on poetry theory have been published in English in many international literary journals all over the world. His political articles on Islam and also on the Armenian, Assyrian, and Greek genocides have been published in a number of countries in many languages including Sweden, USA, Greece, India, France, Argentina, Netherland, Armenia, Indonesia and Finland.