Murderers and rapists demand silence.
They will use any means to coerce agreement that they did not do what they, in fact, did. This is part of getting away with it. It is an extension of the original crime.
Every Turk who participated in the Armenian genocide is dead and gone. But by refusing to tell the truth of the thing, and by using the power of government to try to hide it and cover it up with lies, today’s Turkish citizens are allowing their shame to make them cooperators with the murderers of their nation’s past.
The only way to heal this terrible crime against humanity is to admit that it happened and publicly disown it. Lies will not cleanse. Only the truth can do that.
The blood of the dead cries out to us, demanding the justice of truth.
Pope Francis has courageously stood up for the suffering and murdered Christians who were victims of the first genocide of the 20th Century. Turkey has responded with denials, official bullying and lies which would be laughable, if the crime in question was not so grave.
No one wants to conflate modern Turkey with their past. The Turks themselves are doing this by aligning themselves with the murderers and against the truth.
I pray that they will face facts and resolve that never again will such crimes against humanity occur in their nation. That is the way out of this. Nothing else and nothing less will resolve it.