REP. KENNEDY CALLS ON ADMINISTRATION TO CONFRONT TURKEY’S DENIAL OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
The Armenian Assembly today praised Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), a member of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues, for calling on the Bush Administration to openly deal with Turkey’s continued policy of denial of the Armenian Genocide and to support a congressional resolution reaffirming this crime against humanity.
Kennedy, in a statement issued last week before Congress, said the Administration’s reluctance to address the issue stems from its refusal to alienate Turkey at a time when Washington is seeking to repair relations with Ankara.
A Position John Kerry Has Held for 20 Years
What do Canada, France, the Vatican and Presidential hopeful John Kerry have in common? Armenian Genocide. "Between 1915-1923 the rulers of the old Ottoman Empire killed or deported over 1.5 million Armenian men, women and children in a systematic policy of ethnic extermination." John Kerry -- April 22, 2004. In August 2004, Kerry pledged, "as President, I will continue to fight against the denial of the Armenian Genocide." But under both Democratic and Republic administrations, President Reagan, President Bush, Sr., and President Clinton, the Armenian Genocide resolution didn't pass both houses.
Despite most Canadians' lack of knowledge regarding what many historians call the 20th century's first genocide, Deragopian, though two generations removed from the terrors of 1915, retains vivid stories of the events passed down through his family. His grandparents, both maternal and paternal, survived to keep an oral history alive.
"We don't think it's right to say it happened, it's over, get over it," said Deragopian. "It is a long time in the past, but the fact is we will always commemorate it because it is such a significant event in Armenian history. And it is because of the denial that we have been so active."
The refusal by Turkey to recognize the massacres as genocide is a primary reason why Armenians want recognition, Turkey, which doesn't hold diplomatic relations with Armenia, claims describing the events of 1915 as genocide is erroneous.
Yet Armenian Americans have attempted to extricate and isolate their history from the complex circumstances in which their ancestors were embroiled. In so doing, they describe a world populated only by white-hatted heroes and black-hatted villains. The heroes are always Christian and the villains are always Muslim. Infusing history with myth, Armenian Americans vilify the Republic of Turkey, Turkish Americans, and ethnic Turks worldwide. Armenian Americans bent on this prosecution choose their evidence carefully, omitting all evidence that tends to exonerate those whom they presume guilty, ignoring important events and verifiable accounts, and sometimes relying on dubious or prejudiced sources and even falsified documents. Though this portrayal is necessarily one-sided and steeped in bias, the Armenian American community presents it as a complete history and unassailable fact.
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