The Armenian Genocide.

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To take a life with a cause comprised solely of hatred towards a certain race is ghastly. To take over 1.5 million lives driven by the same motive is nothing short of abysmal, yet that indeed took place around Turkey between the years 1915 and 1922 and it is known as the Armenian genocide. The question engulfing one at present is exactly how and why such an appalling atrocity ever took place, as well as the query as to whether or not justice was ultimately served.

Before analysing the actual genocide, one must examine the existence of the Armenians before 1915. The Armenian race is indeed that of an ancient one, as its existence has been dated back to the 7th century BCE, where it has subsisted in the southern Caucasus ever since it's fore spoken spontaneous materialization. During the 4th century CE the ruling king of Armenia credulously decided to follow that of a Christian faith, and as a result Christianity has been Armenia's state religion ever since.

Problems started arising around the 7th century CE when Islam was founded in the nearby Arabia, and all of Armenia's neighbours adopted Allah as their divinity. It was a result of sticking with the Christian church despite its vast minority in the region that Armenia often lived under foreign regimes, frequently resulting in hardships, persecution, discrimination and abuse. Refusing to convert to Islam can be viewed as being either tremendously courageous through times of trial and tribulation, or masochistically adamant through times of spiritual progression. This difference in interpretation is usually and unfortunately based on the reader's own personal dogma, as that is the way of the monotheistic Judaeo-Christian belief system.

During the 19th century, Armenians coexisted happily with the Turks amidst the Ottoman Empire, yet all was not perfect.