Friday, March 05, 2010
It boggles the mind that in this day and age, Turkey still can't manage to come clean about the Armenian genocide.
In fact, a U.S. congressional panel has just passed the first part of a resolution on the subject (not bad, only 95 years late!). But within moments of the successful vote, Turkey recalled its ambassador to the U.S. ' for consultations'.
The real sickening part is that rather than telling the Turkish envoy not to let the door hit him in the @ss on the way out, White House spokesman Mike Hammer quoted Secretary of State Clinton saying "further Congressional action could impede progress on normalization of relations" between Turkey and Armenia.
I get that the Obama administration has invested a lot of time and effort in trying to get Turkey (a NATO member and ally of the U.S.) to play nice with Armenia. But how can the U.S. think that allowing the Turks to go on sidestepping responsibility for the act for which the word genocide was coined, is a good idea?
I'd also like to draw the American administration's attention to the following quote by Adolf Hitler from a speech he delivered to his senior military staff on the eve of the German invasion of Poland (pay special attention to the last line):
Our strength consists in our speed and in our brutality. Genghis Khan led millions of women and children to slaughter—with premeditation and a happy heart. History sees in him solely the founder of a state. It’s a matter of indifference to me what a weak western European civilization will say about me. I have issued the command—and I’ll have anybody who utters but one word of criticism executed by a firing squad—that our war aim does not consist in reaching certain lines, but in the physical destruction of the enemy. Accordingly, I have placed my death-head formation in readiness—for the present only in the East—with orders to them to send to death mercilessly and without compassion, men, women, and children of Polish derivation and language. Only thus shall we gain the living space [Lebensraum] which we need. Who, after all, speaks to-day of the annihilation of the Armenians?
The above quoted paragraph is inscribed on the walls of the U.S. Holocaust memorial in Washington. Perhaps someone should walk Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama over there and help them understand what comes from giving genocide a pass.
Everyone has been conditioned to have a knee-jerk aversion to offending the Turks. But what about the Armenians. Don'tcha think they're just a tad offended every time someone glosses over the 1915 attempt to wipe them out of existence? Oh yeah, I forgot... the Armenians aren't as strategic a potential ally as the Turks.
IMHO, The U.S. should freeze relations with Turkey until they acknowledge their past and make amends.
Posted by David Bogner on March 5, 2010 | Permalink
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In France there is a large community of Armenians near Grenoble and, not surprisingly, they have close links with the Jewish community.
Posted by: Ilana-Davita | Mar 5, 2010 8:18:44 AM
Posted by: Elisson | Mar 5, 2010 1:46:57 PM
I have a friend here in Jacksonville who is an Armenian from Nazareth. His great grandfather was one of the survivors who was deported to Ottoman Palestine after the massacre. We've had some interesting conversations about that subject over supper. He can become a bit animated when the Turks are mentioned....and yet he has Turkish friends who eat at his restaurant. Go figure.
The problem with Turkey is that they are such a strategically important country. A secular Muslim nation under the strain of rising Islamic fundamentalism, a NATO member at constant odds with another NATO member (Greece), a nation that controls access to the Black Sea, a country that sits at the southern edge of Europe and right next to Iran, Iraq and the Mediterranean Sea.
Posted by: Karl Newman | Mar 5, 2010 7:02:18 PM
I have long ago lost whatever sympathy I may have had for the Turks.
Great cooks, however. A very metropolitan cuisine. That is probably not what Hillary and Obama are concerned about.
Posted by: At The Back of the Hill | Mar 5, 2010 8:17:56 PM
My brother-in-law was stationed in Turkey while in the USAF. According to him, overt displays of American patriotism were frowned upon. Well, the USAF travelling entertainment group Tops in Blue managed to get permission to sing "I'm Proud to be an American" by Lee Greenwood at a performance. The sight of an theatre full of Americans standing and singing that song scared the bejeebers out of the Turks in the theatre. Of course, our folks loved it.
I think if it weren't for the strategic military advantage of being there, we would let them go to blazes.
Just the view from here...
Posted by: Jim Smith | Mar 6, 2010 5:52:17 AM