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Dear Scott Morrison,

samedi 24 avril 2021 | par Engin


Dear Scott Morrison,

23rd of April 2021

Roxburgh Park- Melbourne/ İzmir – Turkey

My name is Julia Gul Arslan (former founder and president of the Australian Gallipoli Friendship Association). I am writing to you in regards to my disappointment by the recent news regarding the Armenian and Kurdish allegations against Turkey, and their demands that you recognize those allegations.

This is a shameful rewriting of history dating back a hundred years ago now.

I am proud being a Turkish-Australian citizen. I am so lucky living Australia as
well as Turkey. Being Australian allows me to do what the Australian Nation’s Anthem says ;

Australians all let us rejoice,
For we are young and free ;
We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil,
Our home is girt by sea ;
Our land abounds in Nature’s gifts
Of beauty rich and rare ;
In history’s page, let every stage
Advance Australia fair !
In joyful strains then let us sing,
"Advance Australia fair !"

Let’s continue to be FAIR AND FREE. Let’s stay out of other’s historical matters.

As we all know, our ancestors, Australians and Turks, met in 1915 at Gallipoli, an event marking the rebirth of the two nations. It is amazing how Turks fought with Anzacs in such a fairly manner in 1915, even sharing their foods as explained in the Anzac’s war dairies. In Harry Gordon’s words : " If the seeds of this joint respect were planted at Gallipoli ; it ripened in the dust and snow of Korea …"

What motivated the Australians to fight at Gallipoli ?

In 1908, following the discovery of oil on the Ottoman territories in the Middle East by an English-Australian businessman William D’Arcy Knox, British Petroleum (BP) was established in 1909.

Two years later, BP claimed the oil reserves of Mosul and Kirkuk, then the Ottoman British–German partnership was established and named Turkish Petroleum (TP). Caluste Gülbenkian was the person who completed this agreement, receiving a 5% share. As such, the endless story of the oil related games started by excluding the Turks from the area.

After all, despite the sad historical events, our Anzac ancestors are welcomed every year and proudly commemorate the Anzac Landing (1915) on the Gallipoli Peninsula. Both Turks and Australians respect each other since they were all the victims of this war ; they were all victimized by greed and imperialistic ambitions for oil ; they were all diggers of trenches.

“The primary purpose of the war was to seize control of oil fields” Sir Maurice Hankey, 1915, British war cabinet. (Daniel Yergin, The Prize (New York, 1991), p. 188

Let’s visit more historical facts a bit :
Thankfully, there are honest academicians who write and investigate the historical facts without bias.

Let’s see a picture of those times which was written by one such Australian academician ;

“The Armenian revolutionary parties did succeed in inciting turmoil, but it was not followed by European intervention. The Armenian death toll applies to the whole war and not just 1915. The claim often made that one million or more Armenians were killed in the second half of 1915 has no basis in fact. The death toll among Muslims probably stood at about 2.5 million people, of whom a very significant number (hundreds of thousands, according to figures compiled from documents in the Ottoman archives) were massacred.
The destruction of the Third Army at Sarıkamış early in 1914 exposed the whole of eastern Anatolia to invasion by the Russians. Armenian units were fighting alongside the Russian army, and Armenian bands were causing havoc in the eastern provinces. They were encouraged by the Russians, although the level of their coordination with them has yet to be established.
Muslims themselves were also the victims of massacres and often in far greater numbers than the Christians. It was an accusation making the diplomatic rounds that was picked up by missionaries and the pro-Armenia movement in Britain.
Many of the upheavals in the East began as conflicts, not between Armenians and Turks, but between Armenians and Kurds. The Kurdish aspect of the Armenian Question has yet to be fully developed.
The enormous loss of Muslim Ottomans from the same causes as the Christians should also be classed as genocide : The answer we find is that the use of the word genocide to describe what happened to the Armenians is “inappropriate”.
This article is adopted from Associate Prof. Jeremy SALT’s view points on the Balkan War. Jeremy SALT is an Australian teacher in the international politics.

I hope that the fair Australian parliament won’t ignore these facts and will still stay as a good friend of Turkey.

I look forward to hearing your response in due course.

Yours sincerely,
Julia Gul Arslan
Ex founder and president of Australia Gallipoli Friendship Society
Author of the books ;
- Johnny Turks and Memories of The Gallipoli War
- Western Hypocrisy on the Armenian Matter, 1915
- Turkish Settlement and Success History in Hume

Details of ANZACS view points in 1915
See how some ANZACs defend TURKs in 1915…

“Turks have treated our captured men and officers excellently."
The diary of the Aus. Official Corres. C.E.W.Bean

“You will hear extraordinary horrible stories practiced by Turks. Well, don’t believe a word of them. They are grossly exaggerated if not wholly false. You will be surprised at the gentlemanly way the Turks have fought us.”
Jim Haynes (Cobbers - Stories of Gallipoli, 1915 p. 178)

“Generally, the Anzacs recognised in the Turk a fellow sufferer and acknowledged his humanity ; In his poem Anzac’. ‘I reckon the Turk respects us, as we respect the Turk ; Abdul’s a good, clean fighter – we’ve fought him, and we know.”
(Lieutenant Oliver Hogue, Book : ‘Gallipoli’, Alan Moorhead, Sayfa:159)

“After the terrible punishment inflicted upon the brave but futile assaults all bitterness faded … The Turks displayed an admirable manliness … From that morning onwards the attitude of the Anzac troops towards the individual Turks was rather that of opponents in a friendly game.”
Charles. E Bean, the Australian official historian, The Story of Anzac, Vol II, Sydney, 1924, p.162

“The Anzacs left Gallipoli without hatred in their heart for their enemy or bitterness at the incompetence of their own high command.” (A.K. MacDougall, Australian historian)

TURKS NEVER ADVERTİSE THEMSELVES AS A VİCTIM !
“One might be pardoned if, on reading of the various atrocities visited upon the Balkan Turks, it seems as if the atrocities were invented, or at least much inflated, by those who allegedly suffered. One answer to this is the type of confirmatory evidence provided by the European consuls, reporters, and other observers. I believe, though, that the evidence drawn from Muslim refugees was generally reliable in itself. Those who in 1876-78 had long dealt with Turks avowed that Turks were very unlikely to overstate their suffering. Quite the opposite was true — Turks were unlikely to mention their defeats, or to underplay them, and the massacres of the Balkan Turks were a horrible defeat. British Consul Blunt at Edirne spoke of the difficulty of getting Turks to speak of their sufferings, because of the ‘habitual reluctance of the Turks to speak of indignities to which any among them have been subjected. (It is this very policy, I may add, which induced them to conceal from public knowledge, rather than denounce the mutilations constantly practiced by the Montenegrins on their Turkish victims.)”
(F.O. 195-1137, no. 90, Blunt to Layard, Adrianople, 6 August 1877.) Justin McCarthy, "Death and Exile," 1995, Footnote, p. 97

How about an Armenian author defends the Turks ?

“If the Turks were blood-thirsty tyrants why did Ottomans wait 600 years to exterminate the Armenians ?” Ara Baliozian, Armenian author and translator.

“Turks were our Honourable Enemies”
David McLachlan, The president of Return Services League of Victoria-(RSL) Australia, April, 2006)