This sentiment escalated during WWI. The Ottoman Empire allied itself with Germany, but many Armenian communities who lived close to the Russian Empire chose to side with them. It was treason for the Ottoman Empire that ordered Armenians arrested or deported.
The genocide excusal is repulsive, and it's also worth noting that variations of it have been used to justify ethnic cleansing before and after; I would like to think that the blog won't excuse the concentration camps in South Africa by noting that many rural Afrikaners sided with Britain's enemies and thus it was understandable to cram them into typhus-ridden hellholes. Variations on the 'treacherous minority' line have been run in the Balkans, Africa, Asia, and of course are found earlier in the rhetoric that justifies the slaughter of indigenous peoples in Australasia and the Americas.
I still plan to post the last 3 articles in this series (given the commitment we made and that it's only another 3 pieces), but I am happy to take feedback from here if you'd prefer for that not to happen.
One of the causes for the Armenian Genocide appears to have been paronoia among Turks following the ethnic cleansing of Muslims in the Balkans, though.Um, Ottoman atrocities against the Armenians (and Greeks) were recorded in 1913, resulting from the First Balkan War. This was despite Ottoman Armenians having fought for the Ottoman Empire in the First Balkan War. The Armenians were blamed by the Ottoman Empire for its defeat in the war.
In mid-1914 (prior to events in Sarajevo kicking off WW1), Enver Pasha described the Armenians as a "tumour that needs to be excised", and the genocide started.
The later claims of treason by the Ottoman Empire as a reason for starting the genocide was post-facto excuse-making and a complete nonsense. The genocide was well underway by the time the lights started going out all over Europe.
One of the causes for the Armenian Genocide appears to have been paronoia among Turks following the ethnic cleansing of Muslims in the Balkans, though.
I miss QPR in the top flight. Best football acronym ever, much like my own beloved Gunners have the best nickname. Oh yes.QPR spent the 1920s in the Third Division, having been members at its creation in 1920. Their best finish was 3rd in the inaugural season, while in 1923-24 and 1925-26 they finished 22nd and bottom and had to survive reelection to the Football League (though actually it never came to a vote as there were no non-league clubs looking to seek election.