Note that all these massacres, by Turks and Iraqis, numbering in the millions, were specifically religiously based. "Become a Muslim or we kill you" said the brave soldiers facing Christian children and pregnant women.
Would you "become a Muslim"? I would. Why make your life forfeit in the face of a fanatical maniac driven by a wicked ideology? Why not lie to him? Even if you're a Christian, let alone an atheist like me.