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France’s Armenian genocide law

The French National Assembly passed a bill criminalizing public denial of the Armenian genocide committed by the Ottoman Turks in WWI (~1915) — to which Turkey is set to retaliate. I take the view that it was a genocide since the Armenians were singled out for destruction.

I support this bill just as I do the analogous German law criminalizing Holocaust denial. My reason is that by making them into law people are not to forget those atrocities that man has committed against man. Secondly, the vast majority of people who deny genocides tend to be the ones who support — albeit quite obliquely — doing them and want to repeat them (witness Nazis, radical/Islamists, Ahmadinejad and the like).  These laws are then saying that we’re not going to repeat them nor the likes of WWII and other genocides.

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