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Scare Tactics in Turkish-American Geopolitical Game: Conjuring up Armenian Ghosts

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One story that has received little attention is that of an Armenian genocide survivor and killer of two Turkish Diplomats in the US in 1973. Gurgen Yanikiyan, age 77 lured two diplomats into a hotel room in the US State of California and shot them dead (and to be sure)—he finished them off with head shots for good measure.

I have written many stories on Turkey over the years and not all positive. However, Turkey is right in having condemned the recent re-burial of the remains of an Armenian genocide survivor – who murdered the two Turkish officials in Los Angeles in 1973 — in the Armenian capital of Yerevan.

With this in mind, and considering the nexus of Turkey and its proximity to Syria Iran and Iraq, history is speaking to a modern audience. It is not what is in the MSM that is most revealing but stories that are deeply rooted in history and strong emotions.

Glorifying a Ghost

The timing of the burial is highly-suspect, and considering relations between Turkey and the US. Glorifying a ghost of the past, especially at a critical time, is done in poor taste. It would not even be outside the bounds of modern day political games that a foreign intelligence service, and not one which is in close proximity to the territory of Turkey is involved, so to complicate the Turkish position in not wanting the US to start a war with Iran.

The remains of Gourgen Yanikian, who inspired the founding of the Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia (ASALA), have been moved from the US to Armenia. The remains have been buried at Yerablur Pantheon (Military Cemetery) in Yerevan.

“We [the Turkish government] condemn in the strongest terms the burial of the remains located in Los Angeles of the Armenian terrorist Gurgen Yanikiyan, who martyred Mehmet Baydar, Consul General, and Bahadır Demir, Consul, in Los Angeles on 27 January 1973, to the Military Cemetery in Yerevan with a ceremony on 5 May 2019,” Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

This event gives an opportunity to look at the timing and the possible motivation. As I recently wrote one Armenian friend who has written an article on the man, albeit several years ago: “I would like to write an article about him from the perspective of how he could be more dangerous to Turkey dead than alive.”

In death,........

© New Eastern Outlook