Barack Obama and his pliant Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton – who are now campaigning so pitifully to prevent the US Congress acknowledging that the Ottoman Turkish massacre of 1.5 million Armenians was a genocide – should come here to this Lebanese hilltop village and hang their heads in shame.For this is a tragic, appalling tale of brutality against small and defenceless children whose families had already been murdered by Turkish forces at the height of the First World War, some of whom were to recall how they were forced to grind up and eat the skeletons of their dead fellow child orphans in order to survive starvation.Herbert Hoover’s student body is almost 60 percent Armenian and 25 percent Hispanic/Latino.Students, polarized by their ethnicity, have tended to fragment into ethnic groups, and petty arguments have often escalated, says Kevin Welsh, Hoover High’s principal, who, after 28 years, will be retiring this year.Like Jews in Israel, Europe and America, the Armenians have amassed tens of thousands of documents, photographs, digital recordings of survivors' testimony and files from Ottoman archives showing the orders for the destruction of Turkey's Ottoman Christians.But will that be enough, in 500 years' time, say, to separate the unique wickedness of the Armenian genocide – and, by extension, the Nazi destruction of the Jews – from all the other mass crimes against humanity in history?
The year was 1915, and his wife, Varter, knew that she was unlikely to see her husband alive again.
Armenian men like him were being rounded up and taken away.
In the words of their persecutors, they were being "deported" - but not to an earthly place.
Heavily pregnant, Varter was ordered to join a death convoy marching women and children to desert concentration camps. She survived the journey alone - her six children died along the way.
The two youngest were thrown to their deaths down a mountainside by Turkish guards; the other four starved to death at the bottom of a well where they had hidden to escape.