March 12th 2005

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: The media elites versus the public

CANBERRA OBSERVED: American-style workplace relations for Australia?

SCHOOLS: Teacher training at the mercy of politics

HUMAN CLONING: UN victory's implications for Australia

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Gallop Labor Government returned to power

EDITORIAL: Debt tsunami moves closer

AUSTRALIAN ECONOMY: The economy that will confront the next generation

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Reserve Bank governor defends his record

ENERGY: Ethanol - Australia being left behind

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Visas for sale / Kyoto hot air convention / Europe, China and the US-Japan alliance / Edge of the abyss

ASIA: Japan, India and China - new strategic alliance?

VIETNAM: Hanoi's abysmal human rights record

A response to Babette Francis (letter)

Turkish massacre of the Armenians (letter)

Putin - can a leopard change his spots? (letter)

Abortion's hidden wounds (letter)

BOOKS: MICHAEL MOORE is a Big Fat Stupid White Man

BOOKS: SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Putting Every Household at Risk

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Turkish massacre of the Armenians (letter)

by Bill Webster

News Weekly, March 12, 2005

Thanks to News Weekly and R.J. Stove for coverage of the Turkish massacre of the Armenians (News Weekly, February 26, 2005). After reading a booklet found in an old chest of my grandmother's, An Auction of Souls by Aurora Mardiganian - who went through the trials losing her family, but eventually, with assistance, escaping to America - I remarked to my wife that I doubted I would ever be the same.

Mardiganian recalled numerous Turkish atrocities, including "tossing babes from bayonet to bayonet, rolling pregnant women down a hillside and bayoneting them at the bottom, raping women and then killing them because the perpetrators had been defiled by the infidel women, and endless killing for the sake of killing."

Whilst keeping an open Christian mind, I now tend to at least cock one eye when I hear that "Islam wouldn't hurt an ant."

The genocide of the Armenians is a story that deserves to be heard. We are rightly regularly reminded of the Jewish Holocaust. Why not the Armenian Holocaust (and the Soviet Holocaust – some 34 million plus)? Turkey needs to cleanse its soul of these atrocities, before it takes its rightful place among nations.

Bill Webster,
Holland Park, Qld

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