Turkey's Dream Of Power -nyt19150418a

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Hopes by Alliance with Germany to Regain Lost Position In World

APRIL 18, 1915

Turkey dreams of regaining through the Austro-German alliance the position of world power, according to a Constantinople dispatch to the Frankfurter Zeitung, which contains excerpts from the address recently delivered Halli Bey, President of the Chamber of Deputies, to a procession of Turkish students. Halli Bey said:

"As a result of the weakness that made themselves felt in great number in the course of the centuries, our independence was not complete. Our internal independence was hampered in that our own forces and resources was subject to the guardianship of outsiders and was, whether by reason of treaties or the laws of habit, under their control. Similarly our foreign policies.

"We have deprived of the power of pursuing a firm policy toward the two groups of alliances and to govern the general political situation. We turned now toward one group, now toward other. As a result of their competitive rivalry we could not travel a straight course.

"Through the revocation of the capitulations we insured our internal as well as our external policies.

Following the lessons which history had taught us, and pressed by the demands of our geographical position, we concluded an alliance with the two groups, Germany and Austro-Hungary. From that day we have actually been a part of the world power. Thereby we attained our internal and external independence. May God grant that we may rise again to the greatness and glory of our earlier history."

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