Let Ankara Work for Us

I was catching up on some reading when I ran a cross a news item from late march of this year. It seems one Mehmet Erdoğan, an AKP member of Turkey’s Parliament, claimed that if the 2015 coup had succeeded, Turkey would have been dismembered and four new countries created in its place: Armenia, Kurdistan, Constantinople/Bolis (as a city-state), and an Anatolian home for Turks. But, heck, he forgot Greece and Assyria! Maybe he plans on death-marching Turkey’s few remaining Assyrians southward toward their ancient capital, Kalhu/Nimrud.

‘Devil’s Child’ by Matthias Laurenz Gräff

Absurd, conspiracy-mongering, delusional, fantastic, farcical, funny, improbable, ludicrous, ridiculous, zany as this assertion may seem, I have no doubt it got some traction in Turkey. But the point I want to make requires a quick, single-question test: What do the product of Mehmet’s fevered imagination and the following few points have in common?

Anti-Armenian hate graffiti on Armenian institutions in Bolis (and elsewhere).

Building a toilet atop an Armenian cemetery in Van.

Claiming that the PKK is composed of many Armenians, not just Kurds.

Tearing down an Armenian-Turkish “friendship” monument in Gars/Kars.

Fearfully keeping the (illegal) “border” between the republics of Armenia and Turkey closed.

Supporting radical Islamists in taking over Armenian land, i.e. Kessab.

Maniacally denying the Armenian Genocide.

Using the word “Armenian” as an epithet.

Intervening with (local, not federal/national) legislatures, whenever Armenian issues are being considered, then publicizing these activities to Turks.

Have you figured it out yet?

These are all examples of great work Ankara is doing for the Armenian Cause.

See, what they’re doing is preparing Turks’ minds for the inevitable. By creating “frames,” as described and explained by George Lakoff in his very readable book, Don’t Think of an Elephant.

What was the first thing that came to mind when you read the previous sentence? An elephant, right? That’s the frame.

Every time Ankara says, “no genocide occurred,” it’s using the frame “genocide,” which is how people will view the whole matter. Same with occupied Western Armenia. The more Mehmet Erdoğan and others like him refer to an Armenian state on lands currently controlled by Ankara, the more “real” it becomes in people’s minds. Ditto for Kurdistan.

Let’s all express our gratitude to Turkey’s new “sultan” and his ilk, and encourage them to keep up the good work.

Garen Yegparian

Garen Yegparian

Asbarez Columnist
Garen Yegparian is a fat, bald guy who has too much to say and do for his own good. So, you know he loves mouthing off weekly about anything he damn well pleases to write about that he can remotely tie in to things Armenian. He's got a checkered past: principal of an Armenian school, project manager on a housing development, ANC-WR Executive Director, AYF Field worker (again on the left coast), Operations Director for a telecom startup, and a City of LA employee most recently (in three different departments so far). Plus, he's got delusions of breaking into electoral politics, meanwhile participating in other aspects of it and making sure to stay in trouble. His is a weekly column that appears originally in Asbarez, but has been republished to the Armenian Weekly for many years.
Garen Yegparian

Latest posts by Garen Yegparian (see all)


  1. same goes for armenians all they ever do is spew negative rhetoric and propaganda ,as for genocide !why havnt the diaspora spent all the usa tax funding on taking them to a world international human rights court !! just like the jews !just like the croats and bosnians did with the butchering serb! and how many armenians are happy with there lives risking life and limb to cross over the Turkish borders illegally and legally of course ,they must be happy earning the turkic lira and prefer Turkish company and especially when they have pro armenian nations like france like sweden like greece like glendale etc etc, so wakeup and end your ramblings as armenians have just as much to answer for as there accused ,thankyou.

  2. Once again more non-sense by Garen Yegparian. The long list of transgressions by Erdogan does absolutely nothing but harm us. It does not result in Armenians reclaiming their lands.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.