In the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) there is a minor background character — the Greek grandmother, affectionately called “Yiya.” The only word you can understand her saying is “Turk.” She lives with her son’s family. She wanders the neighborhood looking for “Turks,” having lived through the Greco-Turkish War of 1919–1922.
Toula, one of Yiya’s granddaughters, is trying to explain to her non-Greek fiancé what makes her Greek family so “weird”:
Toula: [narrating] A couple more years went by, and Dad brought his mother over from Greece to live with us. Because we weren’t weird enough.
Yiya: [spoken in Greek] Listen up, ugly Turk. You’re not kidnapping me!
[Toula’s father Gus laughs and tries to hug her, but Yiya suddenly hits him and runs out the door. Maria and Gus chase after her.]
Gus: Mama, please! The Greeks and the Turks friends now!
Toula: [narrating] We told my grandma the war was over, but she still slept with a knife under her pillow.
“Turks” is another name for Muslims. Yiya is a very smart Greek.
Before the Greco-Turkish war, there was the 1915 Armenian Genocide, “an event still ignored by most modern history textbooks” that resulted in “the Ottoman government’s systematic extermination of its minority Armenian subjects from their historic homeland within the territory constituting the present-day Republic of Turkey. . . . 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. . . . The total number of people killed as a result has been estimated at between 1 and 1.5 million.”
Turkey continues to deny that genocide ever took place. CNN reports that “it’s also the seventh year in a row President Barack Obama has broken his promise to use the word ‘genocide’ to describe the atrocity. It’s a moral position taken by Pope Francis, actor George Clooney and even by the Kardashians [who are Armenian].
Dr. Gary North, whose father-in-law escaped the Armenian genocide when he was a child, quotes from Arnold Toynbee’s summary of The Treatment of Armenians in “The Deportations of 1915: Procedure”:
“A decree went forth that all Armenians should be disarmed. The Armenians in the Army were drafted out of the fighting ranks, re-formed into special labour battalions, and set to work at throwing up fortifications and constructing roads. The disarming of the civil population was left to the local authorities, and in every administrative centre a reign of terror began. The authorities demanded the production of a definite number of arms. Those who could not produce them were tortured, often in fiendish ways; those who procured them for surrender, by purchase from their Moslem neighbours or by other means, were imprisoned for conspiracy against the Government.”
There were some who had noted the weak response from governments around the world. One of those persons was Adolf Hitler:
“Referring to the Armenian Genocide, the young German politician Adolf Hitler duly noted the half-hearted reaction of the world’s great powers to the plight of the Armenians. After achieving total power in Germany, Hitler decided to conquer Poland in 1939 and told his generals: ‘Thus for the time being I have sent to the East only my ‘Death’s Head Units’ with the orders to kill without pity or mercy all men, women, and children of Polish race or language. Only in such a way will we win the vital space that we need. Who still talks nowadays about the Armenians?’”
The same non-response is emboldening today’s radical Muslims. While President Obama is making deals with Iran and Baltimore burns with help from the city’s mayor, Christians continue to be slaughter without any regard or help from this president.