The heresy? Sometimes history is a prison. Sometimes it really would be better to forget.
OK. I can hear it now. “Do you mean that the victims of atrocities should be forgotten? Do you mean justice should not be done?” And the answer is, no. I want the slain remembered; I want the killers brought to justice.
But after the generations have passed, after justice can no longer be delivered to those who deserved it, must memory and the hate it brings be boiled in the cauldron of every anniversary and served to old and young alike?
About the Armenians, one can say with justice some of the direct victims are still alive, and many who knew and loved the survivors still live and remember. They have rights.
But remembered hatred can last a long time. And it can be creative, a binding force. There are nationalities that are founded on loss, like the Serbs and the Battle of the Field of Blackbirds. That old battle became part of 19th and 20th century Serbian nationalism; that old pain still lives.
And how much have people paid for the memory?
And generations from now, will Armenians and their enemies (Turk or other) still be paying?