This is a sad day for America, as well as Armenia.
Today is the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. 1.5 Million people – men, women and children – were murdered by the Turks on April 24, 1915. Some were even crucified.
That this genocide happened is a well-known historical fact. The Armenian Genocide is studied in Holocaust programs all over the world.
However, in the United States of America, we have a President who won’t use the word “genocide” to describe this slaughter. We have a President who – despite having made campaign promises where he said he’d recognize this mass murder by its proper term – genocide – won’t do it. Oh, no. He’s too afraid of offending the Turks, despite the fact that the ones who perpetrated it a hundred years ago are certainly all dead. The Turks of 2015 don’t like it when other countries call this long-ago event by its proper name, though.
Be that as it may, what kind of man is this President Obama for wanting to appease them?
Normally I try to refrain from saying too much about politics. It’s always been such a joke to me, so mindless, the mud-slinging and the name-calling, the vilification of one party by the other, the propaganda and the indoctrination, the diehard party people who weren’t raised to choose the best candidate – as those of us from families of Independents were – but to automatically vote for one party over the others, no questions asked, like automatons.
Still and all, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a situation as flat-out idiotic and disgraceful as this one, where The President of The United States is such a gutless wonder that he can’t even admit that a genocide is a genocide – for fear of who he’ll offend. This is reprehensible, even for a politician. Think the Turks worried about who might get “offended” back on the day a century ago when they went out of their way to slaughter all those defenseless Armenian people? Think the moon’s a balloon, too?
I’m beginning to seriously wonder what exactly is going on inside this president’s head if he suddenly can’t acknowledge a known and well-documented chapter history, especially after he promised to do so back in the days when he was merely a candidate in need of the Armenian-American vote. So it was genocide before he got elected, but it’s “not genocide” after?
Pope Francis has no problem stating the word “genocide” with regard to this horrific chapter of history. The leaders of several other countries are not too wimpy to called it a genocide, by the way. Bravo to Canada, Lebanon, Belgium, France, Greece, the Vatican, Italy, Switzerland, Argentina, Slovakia, the Netherlands, Venezuela, Poland, Lithuania, Chile , Sweden and Bolivia. I hope one day America steps up to the plate on this issue and displays the kind of moral courage for which we used to be known. Again, let me repeat that the Armenian Genocide is studied in Holocaust programs all over the world.
I hope the Armenian people know that, in spite what does or doesn’t pour forth from our politicians, Americans are still people of goodwill, and that we are standing with you. We know that 1.5 Million Armenians were killed in the Armenian Genocide.
May God bless the descendants of 1.5 Million as we remember all of the innocent victims that were lost a century ago today, and please, forget them not.
My friend Gail Kubik just made the following comment on this post. I approved it, but the way this blog is set up, you have to kind of hunt to find the comments, so I’m putting it here so nobody will miss it. Doesn’t this pack a wallop?
“Even if Germany shall lose this mortal struggle [WWII], and this secret is revealed it will no matter. It is too grand, no one shall believe it, and even if they were to, it shall not matter. It will be forgotten, after all who remembers the Turks slaughtering the Armenians?”
-Adolf Hitler, 1941