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Armenian... errr....

Well… not really a genocide… or is it? Or is it illegal if I claim it is no genocide? Will Abdul flip out if it is called genocide?

This topic has often hotly been debated on AH.com, and the name of it is itself part of the discussion. The question is whether there was a genocide committed by the Ottomans against the Armenians or whether it was an ethnic cleansing done due to the war (the First World War was going on) and advancing Russian troops (with whom many Armenians sympathized). On the Old Board, Rafi Issoghlian and Abdul Hadi Pasha argued very tensely over this, the former taking the Armenian, the latter taking the Turkish position. Which coincided with their respective nationality/descent. Purely coincidence, I assure you!

Although Rafi did join the new board, he rarely posted on it, yet the issue remained in the collective memory of the board, and when brought up is still sure to draw a very angry response by Abdul. Hence, whenever it does come up, posts by other members are usually along the lines of “*dons flameproof suit*” or “*heads for the nearest bunker*”.

The Armenian 'Thing' is also strongly associated with Wikipedia. According to Nek, the aforementioned infallible online encyclopaedia records that Britain would have lost the Battle of Trafalgar were it not for the intervention of their gallant Armenian allies aboard the flagship AMS Genocide - a factoid that was, of course, cruelly expunged from the history books by the evil Turks. One might also quote from Wikipedia and refer to it as “The Armenian Genocide” or say, “Well, according to the Armenian Genocide…”

Due to its mocking use on AH.com, the term has become so watered down that it is now used in any context involving Armenians. For example, in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 Armenia was represented by an attractive female singer, and there were several comments along the lines of 'I'd like to genocide her…'


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