Does History Repeat Itself? Essay

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Now and days every person must take at least two years of history in order to pass high school. Many people, including myself, ask the question,“Why must we take history?” Well the answer many of us get is, “ So that history does not repeat itself.” The real question of the matter is, Does history repeat itself? History has repeated itself over and over again. An example of this would be the genocide that occurred in the Ottoman empire in 1915, nearly 88 years later another genocide has occurred in Darfur in 2003. These two events are both similar and different in ways, but none-the-less are proof that history does in deed repeat itself.

For 3,000 years the Armenians lived in peace on their homeland. They became the first nation in the
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Especially because they had established a more modern government. However, the Christians could not have been any wronger. The Young Turks ambitions were to Turkify the empire, and the Christians did not fit into this plan. During all of this World War One was undergoing. The Ottomans joined the war in 1914 and sided with the central powers; Germany and Austria-Hungary. They also declared war on all Christian nations, excluding their allies. The Armenians helped out the Russians in a battle against the Turks. This was the last straw. The Ottomans were going to do something about the Christians once and for all. On April 24 1915 the Armenian genocide begins. Armenian intellectuals were executed. Innocent Armenians were thrown out of their houses and sent to march their death in the desert. The marchers were stripped naked and were not given any food or water. They marched in the blazing sun and were shot if seen resting.

There was a new “Special Organization” made up of murderers and ex convicts. This organization was a killing squad; killing the Armenians. They killed in many ways from drowning people in the river to burying them alive. The killings were brutal and harsh. Innocent men, women, and children were thrown off of cliffs, crucified, and burned alive. The killings were long and agonizing. Armenians everywhere were suffering and
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