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The challenges of confronting the Armenian genocide

Call it a tragic episode, a massacre, even a crime against humanity. But don't—at least officially—call the death and forced displacement of up to 1.5 million Armenians at the end of the Ottoman Empire a genocide. That is what the government of Turkey has long insisted, though seldom more strenuously than in the wake of the most recent attempt in the U.S. Congress to pass a nonbinding resolution that would do just that. Were it to pass, the United States would be on record as seeing the events of 1915-1919 as, in the words of the 1948 U.N. Convention on Genocide, acts "committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group."

A boy pauses in front of a wall-sized poster depicting the faces of 90 survivors of the mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, in Yerevan.
A boy pauses in front of a wall-sized poster depicting the faces of 90 survivors of the mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, in Yerevan.

 

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"Why doesn't Turkey do a mea culpa and move on? There just doesn't seem to be a downside to doing that."

(Japan already did it - several times)

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Support Wanes in House for Genocide Vote
Worried about antagonizing Turkish leaders, House members from both parties have begun to withdraw their support from a resolution backed by the Democratic leadership that would condemn as genocide the mass killings of Armenians nearly a century ago...


Funny, how interest turns the tide. So what tools were used to make the pro-resolution guys change their mind? Any guess is very welcome.


“We simply cannot allow the grievances of the past, as real as they may be, to in any way derail our efforts to prevent further atrocities for future history books,”

Wow, so well said! I love diplomatic language. Sounds like the Reconciliation here in SA. Only that the institution dealing with it is called The Truth And Reconciliation Commission (TLC).

By the way, were the things which the Anglos did to the Boers a genocide or not?
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Turks warn US over genocide vote
Turkish President Abdullah Gul has warned the US that a congressional bill recognizing the mass killings of Armenians during World War One as genocide could cause "serious problems" for relations between the two countries.

Hello? Holocaust denial, anyone???

Rule of power, rather than power of rule.
Law of the jungle forever, baby!

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Update:
Turkey offended, White House alarmed by genocide resolution
Turkey Authorizes Troops to Enter Iraq to Fight Rebels
Turkey Recalls Ambassador After US Armenian Vote

And just as we weren't about to make Holocaust parallels...
Israel expresses concern over Turkish-Armenian massacre dispute
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