Her Flamboyance, the Calipha
Ivan the Awesome said:In an era where human rights were unknown, the Turks were fantastic pioneers in the art of inflicting massive human suffering and death. Not saying that the rest of the world was good, look at the British massacres of protestors, the Russian revolution, the Hungarian revolution which the Russians put down, and many other incidents. However, the Ottomans were hardly innocent, in fact they were really really bad.
Well, hardly. This kind of stuff goes way back before the great revolutions of the 19th century. A great example is the 30 Years War, or the Conquest of Ireland, for the 17th Century. Or further back, the depredations of the Crusades.
I think when people look back on specific events in history, such as this one at Chios, or the Holocaust, we forget our rich human history of large scale massacres and genocide.