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Obama Rethinks Armenia

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“Armenian Genocide is not an allegation, a personal opinion or a point of view, but rather a widely documented fact supported by an overwhelming body of historical evidence. The facts are undeniable. … As president I will recognize the Armenian Genocide.” Barack Obama, Washington Post

Well, it turns out Obama Rethinks Genocide concerning Armenia and the slaughter in Turkey beginning in 1915. It’s a relevant debate; the way the world positions itself will mould future policies and actions concerning human rights disasters (had we been more forthcoming in taking a stand we may have been quicker in Rwanda). For more  on Turkey, check out this site: The Hurriyet News: Turkey’s English Daily

There are people who think genocide did not happen, check out the comments after this article: Armenian “Genocide” May Alienate Turkey.

More on Armenia.

Written by Caleb Powell

March 30, 2010 at 5:57 am

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Battle Over History

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Black Dog of Fate:  On March 1st CBS aired Battle Over History, with Peter Balakian (author of the excellent work on the Armenian Genocide, Black Dog of Fate):

Today the United States House Panel voted to label the “genocide” what it was…genocide. Turks are furious (only the asshole Turks). There are cool Turks like Orhan Pamuk and the supporters of murdered journalist  Hrant Dink.   Obama is now in office, and he has said that it is time to stop coddling genocide-deniers. Let’s hope this is so.

My October 12, 2007, letter to the Seattle Times: Armenian resolution Trapped in history

Editor, The Times:

According to “Armenian resolution splits state’s House delegation“ [Times, Local News, Oct. 10], President Bush is urging Congress to reject legislation that would affirm that 1.5 million Armenians killed around the time of World War I were victims of genocide.

That this genocide happened is without doubt. The documentation and evidence, the photos, the accounts of survivors are recorded in history and are as irrefutable as the evidence of the Holocaust. And thus passing this measure, which the House Foreign Affairs Committee is voting on, is the right course of action.

President Bush’s reasons why he is against this measure are all valid. A vote acknowledging Turkey’s participation in genocide would damage relations. Turkey is strategic to our ongoing involvement in Iraq. And yet, isn’t the elimination of human atrocity the only important reason we are involved in the Middle East?

How can anyone within the Bush administration decry or accuse former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s government of genocide concerning the Kurds or others and at the same time help suppress the truth of the horrors perpetrated against the Armenians. Or, for that matter, how could the United States condemn any government for any human rights crime? Would we consider diplomatic relations with a German government that continued to deny the Holocaust?

Even Hitler, in defending his decision to invade Poland, said, “Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians.” Hitler thought — and was right to a degree — that no one cares about the horrors of the past. Bush’s rejection, in a sense, would prove Hitler correct and be a tragic mistake.

—      Caleb Powell, Seattle

Update:  April 24, 2014. Obama breaks promise (again) to commemorate Armenian genocide

Written by Caleb Powell

March 4, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Seattle Times, November 9

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Letter published in the Seattle Times, November 9, 2009

All Muslims, not just a few, should denounce violence

In the wake of the Fort Hood massacre, the media and authorities are debating whether or not this is an act of terrorism by a sane man, or the result of mental defect.

The Muslim community has spoken out, and their dichotomy is whether or not to fully condemn the act, along with concerns that this will further erode Muslim relations with non-Muslims.

As for the Muslim community’s reaction, there are some who are outraged and concerned only about the victims, others are more worried about how this tarnishes Islam.

Thirteen people were killed, yet this latter group, on talk shows and blogs, talk about how persecuted they are, how persecuted Nidal Malik Hasan must have felt, and the backlash against the Muslim community.

Muslims should be outraged at someone taking the name of Islam and desecrating it; they should not voice an almost narcissistic concern about how they had hoped the shooter wasn’t Muslim, for such shows disinterest in the victims.

When Hasan, or any other Muslim, starts talking about killing infidels, they should be exposed and excommunicated. Until all mosques and Muslims, not just a select few, make it a priority to distance themselves from Muslim members who advocate violence, there will continue to be a great divide between Muslims and non-Muslims.

Terrorists are sane people who can rationalize and justify indiscriminate killing. Hasan rationalized and justified indiscriminate killing, and Muslims and non-Muslims must condemn this with an equal voice.

All letter are at Published Letters. To read the unedited original letter, visit Unpublished Letters.

Written by Caleb Powell

November 12, 2009 at 12:13 am