U.S Surrenders To 90-Year Denial Campaign By Turkish Government


29.04.2008 12:04 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ On April 23rd, International Association of Genocide
Scholars (IAGS) and Genocide Watch President, Dr. Greg Stanton,
gave keynote remarks at the Capitol Hill Observance of the Armenian
Genocide, organized by the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues.

Citing the House Foreign Affairs Committee passage last year of the
Armenian Genocide resolution, Stanton explained that by postponing
a full House vote, "Again the United States surrendered to the
ninety-year campaign of denial by the government of Turkey. The State
Department and the White House have continued the cowardly policies
of every Secretary of State since Lansing who have considered it
more important to placate the Turkish government than to be truthful
about history."

Dr. Stanton went on to explain the eight stages of genocide and
the dangerous cost of genocide denial both to the victims and the
perpetrators. He described the benefits of genocide recognition,
stating that "telling the truth would ultimately be good for
U.S.-Turkish relations, because they would no longer be based on
diplomatic lies." Passage of the Armenian Genocide Resolution,
he noted, would also "pay tribute to America’s first international
human rights movement. The Foreign Service Officers and prominent
individuals such as Theodore Roosevelt, Ambassador Henry Morgenthau,
and Cleveland Dodge, who did so much to help the Armenians, exemplify
America’s legacy of moral leadership, reported the Armenian National
Committee of America (ANCA).

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