I did some more research recently about Armenian history, adding to information I’ve picked up since 1972. Infoplease.com has articles on the rise and falls of Armenia. Google “Armenian Genocide,” and you’ll also find, among other things, a lengthy, exhaustively documented Wikipedia article describing the Ottoman Turks’ campaign of discrimination against, and random murder of, Armenians even before the massacre — interesting reading that I recommend highly.
According to the Wikipedia article, the Turkish government’s official excuse for the execution of Armenian intellectuals at Van on April 24, 1915, and the march across the desert, was the suspicion that the Armenians were working with the Russians to defeat what was left of the Ottoman Empire during World War I.
Also interesting reading are the “About Us” pages on both the Armenian National Committee’s and the Armenian Youth Federation’s Websites. These mission statements, advocating an effort to reclaim Armenia’s traditional lands, make the non-assimilation clause in the federation’s scholarship application (which set off Kimber’s criticism) entirely understandable.