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OCTOBER 19, 1915
To the Editor of The New York Times:
Thanking you for your publishing my letter of the 15th inst. in connection with the Armenian crisis. I beg to attract your attention that at least three important paragraphs of the omitted. As I consider these paragraphs of the utmost importance in favor of my argument, I beg you to publish in extents this letter of mine with its corrections, in justice to the claim of fairness you champion.
The second paragraph of my letter read.
Before entering any further into the subject I want to express my surprise in seeing protests emanating from every quarter, though every nation has in its history similar black pages, and I want to remind in this connection that should the different nations follow the precept of the Christ. "Let he who has no sin throw the first stone. " none of them would be in a position to raise any protest.
In connection to the expulsion, massacre, and the driving away of the Armenians, I said in explanation, not as excuse:
In other words the Ottoman Government sees itself obliged to follow now the line of conduct the United States adopted in regard to the Indian reservations and its action is thus at least explained.
Finally my article ended:
If they (the Armenians) are now suffering of the severity of the punishment, it is very deplorable, but they must not forget their previous actions: They were willing to take unnecessary chances, they failed, they must now take the consequences of their rebellious and treacherous actions.
These sentences were purposely meant to emphasize that the Turkish nation, as a race or as a Government, is neither better have no doubt you will be kind enough to publish them.
ZIA MUFTY-ZADE BEY.
New York, Oct. 18, 1915.
A hard copy of this article or hundreds of others from the time of the Armenian Genocide can be found in The Armenian Genocide: News Accounts From The American Press: 1915-1922 http://www.musicianspage.com/musicians/Setrak_Setrakian/audiofile/9064/