The 1.5 million number is definitely disputed:
U.S. Ambassador Morgenthau was the source for the 1.5 million number. It should be noted though that Morgenthau was a racist, who believed that Turks were an inferior race and openly printed that Turks had “inferior blood.” One cannot expect accurate reporting from such a biased man, yet it is his reports on which much of the Armenian accounts are based on. Vartanian also refers to a remark by Adolf Hitler, as though somehow the psychotic ravings of a man known for exterminating the Jews can be relied on for accurate history.
He also asserts that “claims against the Armenians are purely anecdotal.” I highly doubt that the mass of evidence can be referred to as anecdotal: there are eyewitness accounts of Russian soldiers, demographic evidence, reports from Allied soldiers, photographic evidence, as well as testimonies from the Turkish refugees. Seventy American scholars -- including Prof. McCarthy of the University of Louisville, Prof. Bernard Lewis of Princeton, and Prof. Sandford Shaw of the University of California at Los Angeles -- testified in 1988 in front of the House International Committee that there was no genocide of Armenians. The Clinton Administration continues to back the Turkish people on this issue, because it knows the truth: there was no Armenian genocide.
Further, there is strong evidence that most Armenians died of disease and starvation. 10 times as Turks died of disease and starvation in that same war time frame.
The source of the 1.5 million number, the source being an open eugenics bigot who believed Turks were racially inferior, appears to trace back to a comment by Hitler in reference to his policy towards Jews, which is no scientific proof of anything and is just worthless hearsay by a maniac with no indication of what that hearsay source was - if anyone.
Ottomans definitely slaughtered a lot of Armenians. Probably more than Ottomans slaughtered by Armenians. Everyone was getting slaughtered in that region.
I will agree there were many atrocities including large scale ones against Armenians. But that there was a genocide I believe was British propaganda and Armenian propaganda for their own territorial and nationalist reasons, with no one to argue against it at the time. Since then dozens and dozens of LEGITIMATE scholars have declared THERE WAS NO ARMENIAN GENOCIDE.
It was great PR and justification for the West and USA to seize virtually all Ottoman Empire territory and the entire M.E. I don't believe there was an Armenian genocide. Rather, there were small and great atrocities including against civilians by all sides. Because the Ottomans lost and they are gone, the only finger pointing is that them. But the real culprits were the Western Powers and Russia who wanted to take over and have the Ottoman Empire's territory.
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SO... after reading all and doing my own research, I'm answering the poll "no."
How do you like them apples?