Dominic Lawson, Sunday October 11 2020, 12.01am BST, The Sunday Times
In its recent article for The Times (“Turkey’s game is lethal, as Johnson well knows”), Dominic Lawson expresses not only the exact ‘games’ Erdogan place in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, but also expresses its concern over the fact of a complete ignorance of war that started on September 27, which he considers a shameful act. And what is really strange, only France spoke up and directly blamed Erdogan for engaging in this war: “It is the latest example of Erdoğan’s determination to stand as the principal military sponsor of Islamism in any conflict in a former part of the Ottoman empire. He has done so in Syria, in Libya and now in the Caucasus. It is astonishing that this is being done by a member of NATO; yet only the French government is prepared to point this out. It was NATO’s institutional inability to say (let alone do) anything about this Turkish strategy that last November provoked the French president, Emmanuel Macron, to declare the organisation to be “brain dead”. And it was Macron who last week publicly identified Ankara’s importation of thousands of its mercenary Islamists into the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, about which he aptly remarked: “This is a very serious new fact, which changes the situation. By contrast, the silence of the British government is shameful.”
Dominic Lawson also draws some valuable historic remarks among which Josep Stalin’s big mistake to give away Armenian lands, Ottoman Turkey’s organized Genocide of the Armenians, which Turkish current government not only denies, but also legally forbids its citizens to call a genocide “the coldly planned and executed mass murder of… Armenian population in 1915”.
What is interesting, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has Turkish ancestor (paternal great-grandfather) who at the time of the Armenian Genocide strongly criticized the Ottoman Turkey for what they did. He was a Turkish journalist and newspaper editor, later – Ottoman interior minister. In 1919, he wrote: “Don’t let us try to throw the blame on the Armenians; we must not flatter ourselves that the world is filled with idiots. We have plundered the possessions of the men we have deported and massacred … a historically singular crime has been perpetrated, a crime before which the world shudders.” Because of its expression his grandfather was kidnapped and later killed by the Ottoman Empire.
As Dominic further mentions in his article: “As far as I know, while Boris Johnson is said to be proud of his Turkish ancestry — and when he became PM, he was acclaimed as “an Ottoman grandson” by the Turkish press — he has never spoken in public about his antecedent’s murder, or the reasons for it. I doubt very much he brought it up during his telephone call with Erdoğan on September 28, which, apparently, did touch on the events in Nagorno-Karabakh. Erdoğan’s office released a statement to the effect that “the two leaders discussed economic steps to reach a $20bn trade volume between the two nations, as well as moves to further co-operation in the defence industry”.
So this raises three questions. Is Erdoğan really the person to whom the British government should be increasing arms sales? How will the prime minister feel if they are used to massacre more Armenians? And what would his great-grandfather say?
Read more in the original article: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/turkeys-game-is-lethal-as-johnson-well-knows-5zz5v57kx