That's not genocide, Mr. Erdogan. THIS is genocide.

Bill Levinson,

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Bill Levinson

Erdogan calls Israel more barbaric than Hitler quotes Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying,

“Since [Israel’s creation] in 1948, we have been witnessing this attempt at systematic genocide every day and every month,” he said. “But above all, we are witnessing this attempt at systematic genocide every Ramadan.”

Erdogan added, "They curse Hitler day and night, but they have surpassed Hitler in barbarism."

It seems that Mr. Erdogan needs some help with the English language, because he clearly does not understand "genocide." Genocide is defined as the "deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial, political, or cultural group." Bending over backward to avoid hitting enemy civilians, even to the extent of recklessly endangering the lives of one's own soldiers and civilians, is not genocide, I say "recklessly" because Israel's restraint far exceeds that required by the Geneva and Hague Conventions, both of which allow you to fire on legitimate military targets regardless of collateral damage. That's as in, "If you don't want us to bomb a mosque, school, or hospital, don't use it as a gun or rocket emplacement."

What Israel is doing to defend itself from Islamist terrorists, Mr. Erdogan, is not genocide. THIS, Mr. Erdogan, is genocide.

Belsen-Bergen and Hamidian Massacre Public domain due to age

 The Hamidian Massacre was, of course, just a prelude to Islamist genocide against Christian Armenians.

The genocide was carried out during and after World War I and implemented in two phases: the wholesale killing of the able-bodied male population through massacre and subjection of army consc‎ripts to forced labor, followed by the deportation of women, children, the elderly and infirm on death marches leading to the Syrian desert. Driven forward by military escorts, the deportees were deprived of food and water and subjected to periodic robbery, rape, and massacre.

Maybe the Bataan Death March was an off the shelf solution that Mr. Erdogan's country provided to the Imperial Japanese roughly 25 years later.

If Mr. Erdogan wants to blood libel Israel with false accusations of genocide, we will simply tell the truth about his country's history (while recognizing that it is indeed history, and that none of those responsible are alive today). Finally, since Mr. Erdogan wants to bring Hitler into the picture, let's talk about Turkey's influence on this mass murderer.

I have issued the command — and I'll have anybody who utters but one word of criticism executed by a firing squad — that our war aim does not consist in reaching certain lines, but in the physical destruction of the enemy. Accordingly, I have placed my death-head formations in readiness — for the present only in the East — with orders to them to send to death mercilessly and without compassion, men, women, and children of Polish derivation and language. Only thus shall we gain the living space (Lebensraum) which we need. Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?

Holocaust denial is nothing new, either.

MONTREAL, Canada — An effort by Canadian Turks to abolish curriculum on the Armenian genocide in Toronto schools has failed, with education officials telling Rudaw that the genocide will continue to be taught for years to come.

There is a saying to the effect that people who live in glass houses should not throw bricks, and those who live in gunpowder magazines should not play with fire. Mr. Erdogan has chosen to do both, and he has taken himself to PsyWar territory that is a very bad place for it to go; invocation of the word "genocide." He has sown the wind, so now let him reap the whirlwind.