ARMENIA’S GENOCIDE AND OBAMA’S SHAME
Asia Times Online
April 23 2015
Author: David P. Goldman April 22, 2015 2 Comments
Despite a 2008 campaign promise “to recognize the Armenian genocide,”
President Obama refuses to follow Pope Francis’ example and call the
murder of 1.5 million Armenian civilians by its right name. Of all
the despicable things this administration has done, this one stands
out for vile hypocrisy. CNN reports:
President Barack Obama, wary of damaging relations with Turkey amid
growing unrest in the Middle East, won’t use the 100th anniversary
of the massacre of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire to declare the
brutal episode a genocide.
Despite Obama’s campaign promise in 2008 to “recognize the Armenian
Genocide” as president, the White House on Tuesday issued a carefully
worded statement on a high-level administration meeting with Armenian
groups that avoided using the term “genocide.”
An administration official said Obama, who will mark the centennial
this Friday, would similarly avoid using the word. The term angers
Ankara, which denies that Ottoman Turks carried out a genocide.
“President Obama’s surrender to Turkey represents a national disgrace.
It is, very simply, a betrayal of truth, a betrayal of trust,” said Ken
Hachikian, the chairman of the Armenian National Committee of America.
Despite the threat of retaliation against Turkey’s small and
defenseless Christian community-the remnant of what once was a fifth
of the Turkish population-the Vatican has had the courage to use the
word genocide, and first did so in 2000. Not Obama, whose concern
for Muslim sensibilities outweighs every other consideration.
If you don’t think telling the truth matters, think again: The world’s
disgusting indifference to the Armenian genocide is what convinced
Adolf Hitler that he could get away with genocide, too. This is what
Hitler said about the matter in 1939:
My decision to attack Poland was arrived at last spring. Originally,
I feared that the political constellation would compel me to strike
simultaneously at England, Russia, France, and Poland. Even this risk
would have had to be taken….Our strength consists in our speed and
in our brutality. Genghis Khan led millions of women and children to
slaughter — with premeditation and a happy heart. History sees in
him solely the founder of a state. It’s a matter of indifference to
me what a weak western European civilization will say about me.
I have issued the command — and I’ll have anybody who utters but
one word of criticism executed by a firing squad — that our war
aim does not consist in reaching certain lines, but in the physical
destruction of the enemy. Accordingly, I have placed my death-head
formations in readiness — for the present only in the East — with
orders to them to send to death mercilessly and without compassion,
men, women, and children of Polish derivation and language. Only
thus shall we gain the living space (Lebensraum)which we need. Who,
after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?
43 countries-including Russia, Italyk, France, Sweden Poland and the
Netherlands-recognize the Armenian genocide. Not the United States
of America. It is a shame and disgrace.