We read The Times article (Oct. 20), "70 Years After World War I Holocaust: Armenians Celebrate Heritage, Survival," with regret and disappointment.
The report concerning the Armenian Cultural Festival held at Barnsdall Park on Oct. 19, gives the floor only to the Armenian interpretation of the events of 1915, and depicts that interpretation as if it were indisputable historical reality.
No reliable evidence exists to justify the allegation that the Ottoman Empire either planned or carried out any systematic massacre of its Armenian population. In a joint statement recently published in many newspapers 69 American academicians specializing in Turkish, Ottoman and Middle Eastern studies renounced the Armenian attempts to present the events of World War I as "genocide."
During the events of 1915, Turks as well as Armenians suffered terribly. Any assessment that focuses solely on Armenian suffering, while conveniently forgetting that large numbers of Turks died at the hands of self-proclaimed Armenian revolutionary groups, is simply a distortion of history.