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March 31, 2010

"Lies From the Table Cloth"


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System of A Down
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Being of Armenian ancestry, the members of System of a Down are adamant in bringing the horrors of genocide to the forefront of our minds. You might not be able to hear it in every one of their songs just by listening to them, but politically these guys fight for those the world tried to silence.
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For nearly a hundred years the souls of men we once forgot have hid amongst the shadows of Armenian history. Silent in their nature, these muffled voices lived upon the lips of those the Turks could not kill... the survivors. Yet after some time many have come to the conclusion that history will never remember them. "I can't talk about it" or "I rather not talk about it" comes from the darkness of days we would rather forget. For a hundred years we have tried to silence them.
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It hurts to imagine how the child above died. Seemingly nobody in the world would reach out to save this child. Not a soul cared to stop the carnage that the Ottomans were dead set upon spreading across their territory. Now a hundred years later the "Screamers" cry from the depths of Hell for all to hear. Yet our governments and the masses refuse to look upon that child or those in the graves all around him.
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Some ask why we care. They point out the simple fact that this genocide happened far to long ago. How can we punish a people who had nothing to do with what their ancestors carried out in 1915?
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How can we not? After all, genocide is not limited to the deaths of people of the past... of a history to which we have little connection. This strange part of our past appears like a plague... popping up periodically to remind us of our failure (to stop it).
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Inspired by System of a Down, I myself will now be posting articles to inform the visitors to this blog about all genocides. After all, the deaths of millions is not something to be forgotten. Especially when it happens regardless of borders, politics, and ethnicity. Genocide has no preference in who it targets, every race and religion is open game. Yet as a species we seem to ignore this part of our past and allow it to reoccur over and over without impediment.
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Never forget, never stop, never shut up. Make America and Britian recognize every genocide everywhere everytime. We cannot allow those who commit genocide win the battle to silence the truth. We can't stop till it is taught in our schools and is recognized in our government.
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