ONESIDEZERO GUITARIST COMMENTS ON RESISTANCE TO RECOGNIZE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
Oct 24 2007
Guitarist Levon Sultanian of the Los Angeles-based band ONESIDEZERO
has commented on the Bush Administration’s recommendation to Congress
to reject legislation that would declare the World War I-era killings
of hundreds of thousands of Armenians as genocide.
"Genocide still exists," Sultanian said. "We saw it in Rwanda (1994)
and we see it in Darfur today. The only thing worse is when a mass
killing of a nation is NOT RECOGNIZED as a GENOCIDE, like the Armenian
Genocide. The Bush Administration is worried that the passing of the
Armenian Resolution and recognizing the mass killings in 1915 of 1.5
million Armenians will badly damage the American-Turkish relations
and U.S. interests in the Middle East (Iraq and Afghanistan). How
distorted is our government’s priorities?
Are financial stakes more important than recognizing and acknowledging
injustice against humanity? The Armenian Genocide happened; it is
a reality in the history of mankind. Honest Turks like Orhan Pamuk,
Nobel Peace Prize winner, acknowledge the Armenian Genocide and had
the balls to ask that all Turks accept this dark historic reality."
ONESIDEZERO is currently supporting its recently released Ulrich
Wild-produced (STATIC-X, STABBING WESTWARD, TAPROOT) sophomore album,
which was released through Corporate Punishment Records. The CD is the
long-awaited follow-up to the band’s critically acclaimed 2001 debut
"Is This Room Getting Smaller?", which saw the group tour with the
likes of INCUBUS, 311, STATIC-X, and SOULFLY.
The album’s first single, "My Confession", has been picking up steam
at radio with the track receiving steady rotation on XM Radio’s Squizz
channel and Los Angeles-based KROQ.