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Armenian Remembrance and the Politics of Genocide

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Posted on Apr 24, 2011
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Armenians march in Los Angeles on Remembrance Day in 2008.

Today is Armenian Remembrance Day, celebrating the lives of the 1.5 million Armenians killed in 1915. Yet, nearly a century later, the issue is still highly charged, with President Obama taking note of the “horrific events” but refraining from using the word genocide. —JCL

USA Today:

Turkey, a key Islamic ally of the U.S. that angrily denies accusations of genocide, attacked Obama’s statement as “one-sided.”

“The statement distorts the historical facts.” said the Turkish foreign ministry. “Therefore, we find it very problematic and deeply regret it ... One-sided statements that interpret controversial historical events by a selective sense of justice prevent understanding of the truth.”

In his statement—issued late Saturday—Obama said: “I have consistently stated my own view of what occurred in 1915, and my view of that history has not changed. A full, frank, and just acknowledgment of the facts is in all our interests.”

In the meantime, the chairman of the Armenian National Committee of America, Ken Hachikian, criticized Obama for a “disgraceful capitulation to Turkey’s threats” and failing to acknowledge what many historians describe as genocide.

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By gerard, April 24, 2011 at 4:15 pm Link to this comment

Said Mr. Obama:  “A full, frank, and just acknowledgment of the facts is in all our interests.”

Would that he really believed that!  But his pre-judgment on Bradley Manning and his reluctance to
do some serious reform in the area of “diplomatic” procedures of the U.S. versus “the others” shows that he (and other frightened U.S.politicians) are blind to the opportunity the Leaks made possible, even urgent:  Opportounity to clean up the endless one-upsmanship, briberies subtle and overt, the
pressures to conform to demands, misrepresentations and prejudices.

Could it be that the reason Turkey wants to suppress the Armenian genocide is the same reason Obama wants to suppress WikiLeaks?  That reason being the predictable unwillingness of nations to accept criticism and mend the errors of their ways?  It’s called “national pride” and it has a tendency to see threats and insults everywhere and to explode into counter-productive behavior.
International “diplomacy” could do with a good deal
of mutual house-cleaning, but it won’t happen so long as its critics and whistle-blowers end up in jail.

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