A BLACK FRIDAY

New York Times Editorial
Sunday, December 3, 1922
 
 

There have been many Black Fridays in recent history. Most of them have been days of financial panic. There has been none of blacker foreboding than last Friday. And the blackness is not loss or fear of loss in stocks and bonds. It is the blackness of loss of home, the blackness of exile and suffering and the peril of death. But that which deepens the darkness that has come upon the earth in the broad daylight of the twentieth century is civilization's prompt acceptance of the Turks' decree of banishment not only of a million Greeks, but incidentally of all Christian minorities within the Turkish realm beyond the Hellespont, which the Aryan crossed over three thousand years ago. Light blackens such a blot. Lord Curzon but urged that the Greeks be gotten out as quickly as possible in order to escape massacre. For the rest there was, so far as reported, only quiet acquiescence.

Meanwhile, the dispatches from Washington of the same date report that the Administration believes that the United States "is not without influence at Lausanne," that not only the Allies but the Turkish representatives appear to be "wholly satisfied" with the part that the United States is playing at Lausanne, and that the very latest reports from Ambassador Child enable the Department of State  to draw the conclusion that the work of the "gathering" at Lausanne is "proceeding satisfactorily.

" Let us assume that the "very latest reports" do not include the happenings of Friday. If the government were knowingly "wholly satisfied" with that day's record, then black were white. It is inconceivable that the American people can be as "wholly satisfied" with our part as the Turks are reported to be.

Is this to be the end of the Christian minorities in Asia Minor--that land where, thirteen centuries and more before the Turk came first to rule it, Paul had journeyed as a missionary through its length and breadth, and where the first "seven churches that are in Asia stood," to which the messages written in the Book of Revelation were sent?

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Winston Churchill (1874-1965) - British Statesman

“... Mustapha Kemal's Army ... celebrated their triumph by the burning of Smyrna to ashes and by a vast massacre of its Christian population...”

Churchill W, The Aftermath, New York, Charles Scribner's and Sons, 1929, p444

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