Yesterday was the anniversary marking the beginning of the Armenian genocide of 1915-23. April 24, 1915 was the day when the leading Armenian politicians, intellectuals and other public figures in Constantinople were rounded up by the government; all were executed in the following days and weeks. Across eastern Anatolia in particular the systematic massacre and forced “relocation” of the Armenians of Cappadocia and the Lake Van region proceeded apace, resulting in the forced march of an enormous Armenian population to the Syrian desert where they were left to die. Such are the fruits of the marriage of Islamic societies, political modernisation and “progressive” nationalism.