"Our strength consists in our speed and brutality. It's a matter of indifference to me what weak Western European civilisation will say about me. Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians."
"The destination of the of the deportation is annihilation"
Every so often there is a crossover between my political interests and my hobby of collecting comics. This is one of them and the subject matter is one of a genocide that is often ignored and talk of it outlawed in the Turkey, the country whose leaders perpetrated the crime.
The mass murder of at least one and half million Armenians.
Men, women and children.
The genocide of the Armenian people took place in 1915 whilst the First World War raged across the globe. It was the first of many such acts in the twentieth century including the Jewish Holocaust perpetrated by the Nazi's during the World War Two.
Even today in the Muslim world there is a denial of such acts of barbarism as Turkey and the so-called anti-Zionists deny the importance of such events as they undermine their own case to destroy Israel and deny the Kurds aspirations for nationhood.
Even today in the Middle East genocide is being perpetrated against not just the Yazadi's but also the ancient Christian communities.
The Kurds and Israel still fight for their survival in a hostile environment.
So any book in any format that sheds light on the foul history of modernity's first genocide is to be welcomed.
The small publisher Devils Due Entertainment has announced the publication of a graphic novel Operation Nemesis: A Story of Genocide and Revenge penned by Josh Blaylock with art from Hayt Silva.
The advance solicitation reads:
Based on the true story of a lone man who in 1921 killed the former leader of Turkey on the streets of Berlin and walked away a free man.. Why? Because the German jury determined the deceased was the architect of a nation wide murder of over one million people. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
Operation Nemesis will be published in April. Order now from your local Comic shop. If you don't have one try Thirtieth Century Comics in Putney (London) who do mail order.
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