Much of Armenia (I'm not talking about today's republic) had little significance for Turks. Almost no Turks lived there.
Perhaps, but wasn't there a sizeable Kurdish population in the region? This link suggests that Armenians constituted only a quarter of the population in Armenia:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenians_ ... 53_to_1829
The Armenians were the most loyal nation of the Ottoman Empire before the events that led up to the dissolution.
It's not like insurrection/resistance was unknown in the Armenian areas however. As late as 1914 there were question marks about Armenian loyaltyhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenian_c ... at_Erzurum
might have been ethnic cleansing...but I'm not going to believe that Armenians would have carried out an absolutely barbaric campaign of genocide.
What would be lost in ferocity should be offset by the fact that WWI was on and the Russians were entering Ottoman territory. The Turks faced threats on multiple fronts.
Can you see what I'm getting at now? We can make all the excuses/explanations we want, but in the end there was genocide and ethnic cleansing (which I'm pretty sure nothing that had taken place could justify). Dwelling on these excuses detracts from the crime that took place.