Friday, March 5, 2010

House Panel Says Armenian Deaths Were Genocide

This isn't really of any importance in the grand scheme of things, but it is a subject I've studied a great deal. It was in fact a genocide, but it's far worse than even the House resolution would admit, as it started many decades before and did not end in 1915. Turkey is not happy about it, but that is because they are guilty. Rather than admit their crimes and atone for them, the continue their denials. What's worse is, we continue to call them our "ally", and we were quite complicit in much of the slaughter they engaged in, which I document in lengthy yet inadequate detail.

    New York Times -

    The House Foreign Affairs Committee voted narrowly on Thursday to condemn as genocide the mass killings of Armenians early in the last century, defying a last-minute plea from the Obama administration to forgo a vote that seemed sure to offend Turkey and jeopardize delicate efforts at Turkish-Armenian reconciliation.

    The vote on the nonbinding resolution, a perennial point of friction addressing a dark, century-old chapter of Turkish history, was 23 to 22. A similar resolution passed by a slightly wider margin in 2007, but the Bush administration, fearful of losing Turkish cooperation over Iraq, lobbied forcefully to keep it from reaching the House floor. Whether this resolution will reach a floor vote remains unclear.