- Armenian conspiracy theories
Armenian conspiracy theories are any number of "
conspiracy theories" that allege a conspiracyinvolving or revolving around ethnic Armenians, including the Republic of Armenia, the Armenian Churchand the widespread Armenian diaspora. Such claims are frequently associated with denial of the Armenian genocideand other anti-Armeniansentiments, particularly in Turkeyand Azerbaijan.
amuel A. Weems
One of the most prominent and radical proponents of Armenian conspiracy theories was
Samuel A. Weems (
December 12, 1936— January 25, 2003) was a writer and a disbarred lawyer in Arkansas, United States. [ [http://www.law.cornell.edu/ethics/ar/narr/AR_NARR_0.HTM Arkansas Legal Ethics ] ] In his book, "" (2002), he stated that the Armenian Genocidewas a gigantic fraud designed to "fleece" Christian nations out of billions of dollars. He also claimed that the Armenian Church was a "state owned" entity that organizes and funds terrorist attacks and that Armenians had "infiltrated" the United States. [ Weems, Samuel A. 2002. "Armenia: secrets of a Christian terrorist state". The Armenian Great deception series, v. 1. Dallas: St. John Press. ] That book states that Armenian Diasporacommunities in the United States and throughout the world are actually "colonies": political bases intended to gain money and support for Armenian Republic. The books also claims Armenia is founded on land stolen from Muslims and that Armenians have perpetrated enormous massacres against Turks and Azeris, both recently (in the Nagorno-Karabakh war) and in the past. He has been quoted as saying "The religion of the Armenians is fake" and that his research shows "that there is clearly an Armenian Master Plan that generates Armenian hate around the world". [http://www.aaainc.org/press/release.php?pressID=142 www.aaainc.org > Press Center ] ] Prior to his death in 2003, he was preparing to write a second book claiming the international Armenian community collaborated with and supported Nazi Germany.
The book, along with essays and homemade videos by Weems, have been criticized as
racistand Anti-Armenian by the Armenian Assembly of America. The book is available in several online bookstores in United States and Europe. It has also been translated in Turkish and distributed in Turkey. [ [http://www.eraren.org/index.php?Page=DergiIcerik&IcerikNo=405 ERAREN - Ermeni Araştırmaları Enstitüsü ] ]
Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh
Belief in an "Armenian International Conspiracy", that ethnic
Armeniansare attempting to change history and hide certain facts for political gain, can also be encountered in Azerbaijan, [ [http://www.caucaz.com/home_eng/breve_contenu.php?id=143 On a Train Going Nowhere - CAUCAZ.COM ] ] which has clashed with Armenia over Nagorno Karabakh, a de factoindependent republic, officially part of Azerbaijan. Many Azeris believe that the Sumgait pogrom, where ethnic Azeris massacred Armenians during the dissolution of the Soviet Union, was in fact intentionally provoked by Armenians for propaganda purposes. The Sumgaitpogrom is considered the primary trigger of the Nagorno Karabakhwar.
The pogrom also lead way to the formulation of several
conspiracy theories. According to a theory advanced by the Azerbaijani historian Ziya Bunyadov, the head of the Azerbaijan Academy of Sciences, who claimed that the massacre had been premeditated by the Armenians to cast a negative light against Azerbaijan.de Waal. "Black Garden", p. 42] By late 1988, the majority of Sumgait Azerbaijanis had accepted the view that the Armenians had provoked the rioting with this objective in hand. [Keller, Bill. [http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=FB0713FC355F0C728FDDA10894D0484D81 Riot's Legacy of Distrust Quietly Stalks a Soviet City] , "New York Times".] In an article that appeared in an Azerbaijani journal, Bunyadov claimed that Armenians had organized the pogroms: "The Sumgait tragedy was carefully prepared by Armenian nationalists...Several hours after it began, Armenian photographers and TV journalists secretly entered the city where they awaited in readiness."
Davud Imanov, an Azerbaijani filmmaker, expanded on this theory in a series of films called the "Echo of Sumgait" where he accused Armenians, Russians and Americans of conspiring together against Azerbaijan and claiming that Karabakh movement was a plot organized by the
CIA. Other conspiracy theories revolve around the idea the massacre was instigated by Soviet hardliners in an attempt to discredit Gorbachev's policies.
There have been several conspiracy theories involving the
assassinationof Hrant Dink. Allegations that Dink, an ethnic Armenian living in Turkey, was assassinated by the Armenian diaspora. The official spokesperson of the Turkish Orthodox Patriarchate, Sevgi Erenerol, has claimed that Dink was killed because of he did not strongly campaign for Armenian Genocide recognition, and that he "realized he was being used". As evidence, she points to the fact Dink was buried in an Armenian Orthodox cemetery, although he was an Armenian Protestant. [http://www.lraper.org/main.aspx?Action=DisplayNews&NewsCode=N000001817&Lang=ENG Lraper - Armenian Patriarch Reacts To The Turkish Orthodox Patriarchate ] ] She further claims that Ogun Samastwas in fact in on the plot, and claimed that "Samast" literally means "church doorman" in the Armenian language (as if Samast was hired by Armenians to remove Dink), and concludes that "a big game is being played against the Turkish people".
Other modern theories
Former chairman of the
Turkish Historical Society, Yusuf Halaçoğlu, has stated he believes that Armenian converts to Alevism are behind much of the PKKs separatist activities. He reportedly stated that “many of them, who converted from Armenian origins to Kurdish Alevism, are not really sincere. It is known that they are trying to open a church. For example when some PKK members are arrested it becomes apparent that they are not circumcised. We have to be careful about where the terror comes from.” [http://www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/article.php?enewsid=81411 Historian Halaçoğlu accused of racism - Turkish Daily News Aug 21, 2007 ] ] Halaçoğlu has also claimed that many members of the outlawed Turkish Workers and Peasants Liberation Army ( TİKKO) and Kurdistan Workers' Party ( PKK) are just converted Armenian Kurds. He has come under fire for his comments from the Armenian Agosnewspaper, the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Partyand the Alevi Bektaşi Federations.
Republic of Georgia, anti-Armenian paranoia has been stirred up by the anti-Russian and anti-Abkhazian sentiment due to the Abkhazian conflict. Several Georgian newspapers predicted that the upcoming elections the Abkhaziaenclave would be distinctly in the local Armenian's favor, suggesting that the election Armenian president would be very possible. [ [http://armenianow.com/?action=viewArticle&AID=1977&CID=2055&IID=&lng=eng ArmeniaNow.com - Independent Journalism From Today`s Armenia ] ] Georgian media also suggested that Abkhazia would soon receive funding from the Armenian diaspora.
The APA news agency in Azerbaijan has made similar claims, stating that Armenia's ultimate goal is to occupy Abkhazia, and along with
Javakheti, gain access to the sea. [http://www.regnum.ru/english/739111.html Armenia plans to occupy Abkhazia? Georgian intelligentsia accuses Armenians of genocide of Georgians - Russian News - REGNUM ] ] The unconfirmed report from the APA claims that 60 members of the Georgian intelligentsia have asked the Georgian President to acknowledge cultural genocide committed against Georgians both in Abkhazia and Javakheti by Armenians, and a similarly uncorroborated quote suggested that Armenians were only waiting for Russia's recognition of that state as independent to occupy it.
Denial of the Armenian Genocide
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