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One hundred years last April 24, officials of the Ottoman Empire rounded up some 250 Armenian leaders and intellectuals in Constantinople and prepared them for deportation.Whether or not the use of the word "genocide" is appropriate, Turkey should recognize that it is not alone among great states with a history of committing great crimes.Many aspects of the 19th-century slaughter of the indigenous population in the U.S. were genocidal in nature.Turkey would be far better off facing up to the crimes of the past, as Germany has done.It also has excellent relations with the countries whose people suffered most under the Nazis. The Holocaust is internationally recognized as belonging to a different era and being in no way representative of the country's current leaders or its people. The best way for a country to rehabilitate its reputation is to accept the truth about past atrocities and the responsibility, both symbolic and material, that it owes to the victims and their survivors.
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