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Pelosi To Push Armenian Genocide Resolution

And speaking of Nancy Pelosi’s dangerous demagoguery, here is an update on her latest attempt to hurt against our effort in Iraq, via the DNC’s CNN:

Members of the left-wing Workers’ Party wave Turkish flags as they chant slogans during a protest against the U.S. and its passing of a bill describing World War I -era killings of Armenians as genocide, Istanbul, Turkey.

Pelosi says she’ll press on with Armenian ‘genocide’ resolution

WASHINGTON (CNN) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that she intends to move ahead with a vote on a resolution that labels the deaths of more than a million Armenians during World War I as genocide.

The resolution has strained U.S. relations with Turkey and drawn criticism from the Bush administration.

“This resolution is one that is consistent with what our government has always said about … what happened at that time,” Pelosi said on ABC’s “This Week.”

When asked about criticism that it could harm relations with Turkey — a key ally in the war in Iraq and a fellow member of NATO — Pelosi said, “There’s never been a good time,” adding that it is important to pass the resolution now “because many of the survivors are very old.”

“When I came to Congress 20 years ago, it wasn’t the right time because of the Soviet Union. Then that fell, and then it wasn’t the right time because of the Gulf War One. And then it wasn’t the right time because of overflights of Iraq. And now it’s not the right time because of Gulf War Two.

“And, again, the survivors of the Armenian genocide are not going to be with us.”

But White House Spokesman Tony Fratto said bringing the resolution to a vote “may do grave harm to U.S.-Turkish relations and to U.S. interests in Europe and the Middle East.”

Turkey’s top general warned Sunday that ties with the United States will be irreversibly damaged if Congress passes the resolution, The Associated Press reported.

Turkey has recalled its ambassador from Washington for consultations and warned of cuts in logistical support to the United States over the issue. The recall is only for a limited period of time, said a U.S. State Department official who talked to the ambassador.

“If this resolution [that] passed in the committee passes the House as well, our military ties with the U.S. will never be the same again,” Gen. Yasar Buyukanit told the daily Milliyet newspaper, according to AP

The House Foreign Affairs Committee voted 27-21 Wednesday to approve the nonbinding measure, which declares the deportation of nearly 2 million Armenians from the Ottoman Empire between 1915 and 1923 was “systematic” and “deliberate,” amounting to “genocide.” The deportations led to the deaths of an estimated 1.5 million people.

But Sunday, Pelosi stood by her previous assertion that the measure would be taken to a full vote if it passed the committee.

Newly installed chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Michael Mullen, tried to calm tensions by phoning his Turkish counterpart shortly after Wednesday’s vote.

Mullen told Gen. Yasar Buyukanit, Turkey’s chief of staff, that the Pentagon is working hard to inform Congress of what the military implications might be if the Turks were to respond by cutting off U.S. access to the air base at Incirlik in Turkey.

Seventy percent of U.S. air cargo bound for Iraq passes over or through Turkey.

The Armenian government and Armenians around the world, including many Armenian-Americans, have been pressing for international support for their contention that Armenians were the victims of genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Turks.

The Ottoman Empire disintegrated in 1923, replaced by the modern republic of Turkey, where the Armenian issue remains sensitive. Turks reject the genocide label, insisting there was no organized campaign against the Armenians and that many Turks also died in the chaos and violence of the period.

Though predominantly Muslim, Turkey, which borders both Europe and Iraq, is secular and pro-Western. In addition to its membership in NATO, Ankara is also seeking to become a member of the European Union.

Speaking later on ABC’s “This Week,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell denounced the House committee’s vote — despite agreeing with the assertion that the killings amounted to genocide.

“I think it’s a really bad idea for the Congress to be condemning what happened 100 years ago,” the Kentucky Republican said Sunday. “We all know it happened. There’s a genocide museum, actually, in Armenia to commemorate what happened.

“But I don’t think the Congress passing this resolution is a good idea at any point. But particularly not a good idea when Turkey is cooperating with us in many ways, which ensures greater safety for our soldiers.” …

Of course Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh has been addressing this for several days now. As did Ralph Peters, in a column in the New York Post yesterday:


By Ralph Peters

October 14, 2007 — In the midst of the First World War, the Young Turks who had taken over the Ottoman Empire committed genocide against their Armenian subjects. At least a million Armenians were murdered – with nauseating cruelty – or died of abuse, heat, hunger and thirst.

The only reason any survived was that the Turks lacked the administrative skills and technologies to kill everyone. Not every captive fit into the burning churches. On the death marches across Anatolia into the Syrian desert, guards ran out of bullets. And even sadists grew weary of bayoneting children and clubbing old men to death.

Women were raped by the tens of thousands. Many were raped repeatedly. Then they were killed. Or enslaved. Or left to die of exposure by the roadside.

Ancient communities were annihilated. A magnificent culture – the remnants of the world’s first Christian kingdom – drowned in blood.

Only Turks question this history. The eyewitness accounts are extensive – not only from Armenian survivors, but from American and German consuls and missionaries. The documentation is readily available (texts crowd one of my bookshelves).

Hitler cited the Armenian Genocide as an inspiration for the Holocaust – the lesson he drew was that the Turks got away with it. The world never intervened. Apologists for the Allies blamed the war. The truth is that the eyewitnesses went ignored: Armenian lives had less value then than do those of Darfur refugees today.

Last Wednesday, the Democrat-controlled House Foreign Affairs Committee passed a resolution formally declaring the Armenian tragedy what it was: genocide. Speaker Nancy Pelosi intends to bring the resolution to a vote on the floor, after which it would go to the Senate.

We need to stop it. It’s a travesty and a betrayal. Of Armenian-Americans. And of our troops.

Make no mistake: I’m on the Armenian side in the court of history. When the same resolution came up in years past, I supported it. The Armenian survivors – their descendents, at this point – deserve justice.

And I have no sympathy with the Turks. The Turks are jerks. After the United States supported them unswervingly for more than a half-century, they stiffed us the single time we needed help – when we asked to move an Army division through Turkey on the eve of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

And the Ankara government has led an internal campaign of anti-Americanism far more lurid and vicious than the old Soviet bloc’s anti-Western propaganda. It’s not just Turkey’s Islamists, but its secular nationalists, too. The anti-American hatred spewing from the Turkish media is uglier than Barbra Streisand at four in the morning.

The Turks tormented their Kurdish minority for decades – and express outrage when Kurds respond. Now they’re threatening to invade northern Iraq, while whining that honor-killings, pervasive corruption and anti-Western venom shouldn’t deny them membership in the EU.

Despite all that, we’ve got to kill this resolution. It’s not the wording – but the timing.

Legislation similar to this has come up repeatedly in Congress, yet it’s always been defeated – in 2000, because of pressure from the Clinton administration. But if the resolution passes the House and Senate now, the Turks plan to evict us from Incirlik airbase in southeastern Turkey, to halt our military over-flight privileges and to shut down the supply routes into northern Iraq.

That’s what the Democrats are aiming at. This resolution isn’t about justice for the Armenians. Not this time. It’s a stunningly devious attempt to impede our war effort in Iraq and force premature troop withdrawals.

The Dems calculate that, without those flights and convoys, we won’t be able to keep our troops adequately supplied. Key intelligence and strike missions would disappear.

The Pentagon might be able to improvise other options. But the loss of the base and those routes would definitely hurt our troops. Severely. And we’d be more reliant than ever on a single, vulnerable lifeline running from Kuwait.

It’s a brilliant ploy – the Dems get to stab our troops in the back, but lay the blame off on the Turks. They pretend they’re responding to their Armenian-American constituents – while actually moving to placate MoveOn.org.

For the Democrats in Congress, it looks like a cost-free strategy. For our troops? When did the Dems give a damn about our troops? This resolution isn’t a stand in favor of historical justice. It’s an end-run that ducks behind the bench. It’s one of the most cynical betrayals in our legislative history – of our troops, of Armenian-Americans, of the Kurds under threat from the Turkish military and of the people of Iraq.

We can’t let Pelosi & Co. get away with this one. We need to call the Dems on it and make it clear that we, the people, know what they’re trying to do.

Every human being with a drop of Armenian blood deserves justice. This isn’t it.

If this resolution is so important, why didn’t the Democrats ever pass it during the 60 plus years (since 1931) they had control Congress?

But never mind all that.

This resolution is only important now because the Democrats think it will help assure our country’s defeat in Iraq.

That is the sine qua non of their agenda.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, October 15th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Pelosi To Push Armenian Genocide Resolution”

  1. zflynn says:

    Okay so the Turkish Empire may have been brutal at times (as ALL empires are) but let’s get the facts straight. The Turks may indeed have slaughtered a great number of Armenians due to more aggressive, powerful forces, but they did NOT commit genocide, regardless of the intent of some of the commanders. If it was a genocide, there’d be no one around to be talking about it all the time. Every group has been brutally beaten by someone else at some time. Those who’ve been really genocided aren’t around to talk about it.

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