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Obama sidesteps recognition of Armenian genocide as president — again

http://hotair.com/archives/2012/04/24/obama-sidesteps-recognition-of-armenian-genocide-as-president-again/

Everyone understands why, and I doubt President Romney would do any different. Even so, it’s unthinkable that the U.S. would ever acquiesce in Holocaust denial simply in order to please some important ally. With the Armenian genocide, we’re willing to play an Orwellian little game with the Turks in which we acknowledge obliquely that something horrific happened in 1915 but never quite say what that horrific thing was or who might have been responsible. Watch the clip below of Bush going so far as to call on Congress to oppose a resolution recognizing the genocide in Armenia in the interest of keeping Turkey a more or less team player on Iraq. Again: Understandable from a bottom-line perspective on U.S. interests abroad. But still awful.

In keeping with the rest of his foreign policy, Obama talked a good game on this issue at Bush’s expense before he was elected and then wasted no time in following his predecessor’s lead. Jake Tapper:

“America deserves a leader who speaks truthfully about the Armenian Genocide and responds forcefully to all genocides,” he said. “I intend to be that president.” In a January 2008 letter to the Armenian Reporter, Mr. Obama said he shared “with Armenian Americans — so many of whom are descended from genocide survivors — a principled commitment to commemorating and ending genocide. That starts with acknowledging the tragic instances of genocide in world history.”

In a statement, Ken Hachikian, the chairman of the Armenian National Committee of America said, “President Obama today completed his surrender to Turkey, shamefully outsourcing U.S. human rights policy to a foreign state, and tightening Ankara’s gag on American recognition of the Armenian Genocide. The President’s capitulation to Turkey – on this, the last April 24th of his term – represents the very opposite of the principled and honest change he promised to Armenian Americans and to all the citizens of our nation. President Obama’s pledge to recognize the Armenian Genocide stands today as a stark lie, a painful promise etched on the hearts of all who had hoped and worked for change, but who, today, have been betrayed by a politician who failed to live up to his own words.”…

The president in his statement today said “I have consistently stated my own view of what occurred in 1915. My view of that history has not changed. A full, frank, and just acknowledgement of the facts is in all of our interests. Moving forward with the future cannot be done without reckoning with the facts of the past. …Some individuals have already taken this courageous step forward. We applaud those Armenians and Turks who have taken this path, and we hope that many more will choose it, with the support of their governments, as well as mine.”

Obama went so far as to write a letter of protest to Condi Rice in 2006 when the U.S. ambassador to Turkey dared to use the word “genocide” to describe what was in fact a genocide. Hitchens, a longtime critic of Turkish denialism about Armenia, praised him for it in a piece written in April 2009 and hoped that The One wouldn’t back down once in office. Three years later, here we are, with O willing to go no further than referencing his previously stated view of what happened in 1915 without elaborating. (Watch the first clip below from January 2008. He wasn’t always so shy about using the G-word.) As I say, though, I doubt Romney will be any different: Turkey is crucially important right now as an ally with respect to Syria and as a potentially moderating influence on the new Islamist regimes in the Middle East. If you alienate them, you’re weakening your hand in the region at a moment when things are even nuttier and less stable than usual. Orwellian semantics goes a long way in this case. Awful, but there it is.

As a little bonus, I’ve added a short take of Hitch on Armenia as a counterpoint to Bush and Obama. Exit question: If candidate Obama was supposedly such a bulwark against genocide, how do we explain this?


Added: Apr-25-2012 Occurred On: Apr-25-2012
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  • Everybody knows that turks commit genocide on Armenian people, so who gives a fuck if the Americans or any other militaristic countries recognize it or not.

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  • Imagine someone says to you, "OK, there's an animal here... I know you think it looks like a dog, but I want you to call it a cat.

    "That's right, and if you don't call it a cat, I'm going to insult you, help your enemies, and undermine you with your friends.

    "So call it a cat, and you can be my friend."

    Do you then say, "Heeeere kitty kitty..." --?

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  • Christopher Hitcher, a man of great intellect.

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  • Denial is the last stage of any Genocide . we nations of the free must uphold Moral values rather than materialistic values which are partly to blame for the Genocide in the first place .

    So let us remember the Genocide of the Armenian , Syriac and Greek people and let us not forget the ancient cultures that were uprooted by the Mongol Turks of the ottoman empire who are now friends of the free world.

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    • @VartanZoravar hah crying bastard has arrived here. cry b*tch ...

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    • @ridvanco siktir lan , yes i'm crying with laughter on how much compensation your children have to pay us when you kneel down and beg for forgiveness .

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    • @VartanZoravar It's about reparations?? A free ride for something terrible that happened before even your parents were born? That's sad man.

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    • @tipsypyro unfortunalty you have not seen the phsycological damage it has done to the genrations of people after the Genocide , if you did you will see why recognotion is so important closuer for the pain and suffering we have endured for 97 years .

      It is easy to watch a person get murderd when you are a bystander unless you are the victims loved one , get me !

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    • @VartanZoravar So the armenian genocide is lottery to you?
      And tell me why would 20 or 18 years old turkish teens beg for forgiveness for something they didint do?
      Also forget about the repoarations it has been discused in germany 1995 genocide conferance becouse of the events happened while ottomans in charge turks dont have to pay you shit.turkey created with a rebelion against the ottoman empire so you wont get any money even if they recognize the genocide.
      and also be realistic.This is a big More..

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  • didn't even bother to listen to obama or bush. hitchens was better in every way. Even a better drinker than george.

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  • Of course, 0bama is a lying muzzlim Traitor.

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  • How you expect Bush, a man who won't even publicly admit the existence of evolution, to commit to something as politically charged as that, I don't know. I agree with you though, it sucks.

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  • Since when is it the federal government's job to stir up trouble in the world by passing judgment on events as if it knows best? The federal government's job is to defend our borders and guarantee the rights of the people. That's it.

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  • A puppet acts like a puppet... He follows orders just like everyone who will be president in the USA. Why think he will do anything else? I want USA to continue to be the leading superpower, because I don´t think anyone else would do a better job. They go to war for oil, but that is out of pure necessity because of the way we the consumers live our lives.

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  • I see Hitchens did not mention his fellow Jews who were behind the Armenian Holocaust and had infiltrated the Young Turks.

    http://www.realjewnews.com/?p=77
    http://www.realzionistnews.com/?p=95
    http://www.jewishracism.com/JewishGenocide.htm
    http://www.rense.com/general64/genoc.htm

    Secondly, Hitchens was grossly hypocritical, because he backed sanctions on Iraq and the later war, and those sanctions alone left well over 500,000 civilian children and babies dead long before 9/11. Apparently that More..

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    • @wakeupnow Ataturk was jew ? :D haha i dont know who writes this but Mustafa's father has born in Macedonia. His mother was from pomak root of old bulgarian village . But people make atatürk from jew cuz atatürk was born in Thessaloniki. haha hey he was born in Thessaloniki ! his root was not from Thessaloniki ( i mean türks saved many jews at 16 centruies. and placed them in Thessaloniki ) . how many stupid people they are. born in Thessaloniki and Thessaloniki-based is different.

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    • @ridvanco great history lesson coming from a mounting dwelling cave ape .

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  • The Potus will never speak of these things for one simple reason.

    Not enough voters to pander to.

    He's putting his money on the mexicans.

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    • @Zardoz003 Why? Is he Turkish? Where do you get right or left out of this?

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  • Turkey is a weak ally at best.

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    • @Colonelingus ahah poor :D
      * treaty with algeria (1795)
      * treaty with tripoli (1796)
      * treaty with tunis (1797)
      * treaty with tripoli (1805)
      * treaty with algeria (1815)
      * treaty with tunis (1824)
      * treaty with morocco (1836) all of them signed with Turkish language you poor ! pray your jewish lords ! they made türks, germans and japanese to become weaker and waker ... but remember your new Rome imperial will be down as other imperials.

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    • @ridvanco oh poor Dog don't cry because big brother don't like you .

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  • Sorry to say, but we need Turkey as an ally right now more than we need sympathy for the Armenians

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  • the repricusions for the U.S from acknowledging the Armenian genocide would be something they dont need right now. The Turks are one of the only stable muslim nations that are our allies. They are allies from their own free will. They are not "allies" made thru conquering. What the armenians need to know is that the Greeks were slaves under Ottoman rule for 400 years. Murder & rape were a contstant. They too were persecuted in the early 20th century and they too were murdered. Do y More..

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    • @Sarcastical hahahaha what a liar you are ! Fatih Mehmet 2 conquered Istanbul and he did not touch greeks even Fatih Mehmet took jews back to istanbul after greek king konstatin banned jews from the city ! greek priests called Kayzer-i Rum for Fatih Mehmet Han . Kayzer-i Rum means Lord of Greeks. i dont know who tells you these lies ... your amerinian lie is based on your fake made histories like this one ! even Fatih Mehmet beheaded türkoman Beys ( lords ) who wanted to place in Istanbul. We d More..

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