Sunday, April 24, 2005

Eastern churches
Katolik Shinja
Armenia marks 90th anniversary of Turkish massacres
As Joshua points out Armenia (Hayastan) is the world’s oldest Christian country

Catholicos of All Armenians Garegin II (2nd right) speaks as Armenian President Robert Kocharyan (2nd left) attends a ceremony at the memorial to the dead, to mark the 90th anniversary of the mass killing of Armenians in Yerevan, April 24, 2005. Hundreds of thousands of people clutching tulips, carnations and daffodils climbed a hill in Armenia's capital on Sunday to lay wreaths and remember the 1.5 million they say were killed 90 years ago in Ottoman Turkey.

What the Turks did encouraged Hitler to go ahead with the Holocaust because I understand that he said that nobody remembered Armenia.

Even so a Central Powers victory in World War I would have been better for Catholic Europe and for Palestine in the long run.

Speaking of that war and senseless killing:

Gallipoli 90 years on
Although far more British soldiers died it left a bigger psychological scar* on the young nation of Australia. I’ve heard that Aussies, famously friendly and fun-loving, will joke about anything (something they share in part with their English cousins) except that.

*Not to underestimate the hurt done to Britain as Remembrance Day and the cenotaphs all over England make clear.

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