(Times Online) One of the worst massacres of 20th-century history came back to haunt international politics today when a powe[r]ful Washington panel voted to callÂ the murder of about 1.5 million Armenians in Turkey“genocide”.
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By a knife-edge vote, after more than three hours of debate, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs approved a resolution calling on President Obama to “characterise the systematic and deliberate annihilation of 1.5 million Armenians as genocide”.
The vote went ahead despite last-minute pleas from the White House and State Department and triggered a furious reaction from Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish Prime Minister.
“We condemn this resolution, which accuses the Turkish nation of a crime it has not committed,” Ankara said.
Obama doesn’t want to offend Turkey with the truth in order to try and hold on to Turkey as some sort of ally. Only Turkey has been sliding into the orbit with Iran and becoming more and more Islamist.
Turkey recentlyÂ purged secular military officers because they are afraid of a secular coup that would stop the Islamist slide.
(ABC) The Obama administration asked the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee to cancelÂ a vote scheduled for today on a bill recognizing the Armenian genocide. The chairman of the committee, Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., is going forward with the bill “mark up” and vote regardless.
The bill,Â H. Res. 252, recognizes as genocide the “systematic and deliberate annihilation of 1,500,000 Armenians” as ordered by the Turkish government from 1915 to 1923. It’s the kind of statement then-Sen. Obama supported;Â as a candidate for president, he said, “America deserves a leader who speaks truthfully about the Armenian Genocide and responds forcefully to all genocides. I intend to be that President.”
Obama is naive to think that not allowing the vote would really change the problems with Turkey. Not to mention howÂ hypocritical he is versus his campaign statements on the Armenian genocide.