In Wayne Cohen’s letter of last Monday he stated, “To offer a differing view of the Armenian Genocide is a pretty certain way to invite intense hostility.” Duh!
To offer a differing view about the Holocaust will buy you the same response, as it should!
Don’t be fooled into thinking there aren’t also crackpots who deny the Holocaust. Just like Professor Shaw was a “real” professor of history so was David Irving the infamous British historian who camouflaged his Holocaust denial so thinly that he was finally hauled into court two years ago by Deborah Lipstadt to answer for his repugnant historical revisionism.
Just because a hired gun like Gunther Lewy is morally corrupt enough to try to rationalize, justify or dehumanize the victims of the Armenian Genocide doesn’t mean you should consider his “history” as true. As members of a university we have an obligation to find the truth. Luckily in the case of the Armenian Genocide, one needn’t look too far. The International Association of Genocide Scholars have long ago and repeatedly found the events of 1915 to be the first major and clear-cut example of Genocide in the 20th Century.
Mr. Cohen should remember that the last act of genocide is its denial.
Sincerely, Carolyn Dadaian CSUN Alumnus 1988