According to the AP,
President Barack Obama is in a bind as a House committee prepares to vote on a resolution that would recognize the World War I-era killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as genocide.
Just a reminder, for all the genocide deniers and those who think that it’s politically expedient to kowtow before any and all foreign countries: Yes, the Armenian Genocide occurred before the word “genocide” officially existed. But, it’s still genocide.
Asharq Al-Awsat has an interview with a Turkish scholar of Ottoman history named Kamal al Khouja post on their site. Khouja works to translate documents written in Ottoman-Turkish to modern day Turkish and Arabic. For the most part the interview is what you would expect, a lot of praise for both the Ottoman-Turkish world and the Arabs. Also, many excuses for the crimes and atrocities committed by regimes from both areas.
But what Arab-Turkish interview could be complete without the blatant Jew-hating?
Here’s an example from the interview:
According to Reuters, Turkey is contemplating amending the absurd law which makes it illegal to make factual statements regarding the Armenian Genocide which occurred early in the twentieth century. Even though the Genocide is well documented and by all definitions the actions which the Turkish government took fits the description of genocide, today, modern Turkey is not in danger of repercussions from the U.N. or an international court forcing them to make some sort of restitution. In fact, those who were chiefly responsible for the atrocities were murdered not long after fleeing Turkey to escape prosecution after the crimes were made known to the public. However, the current government of Turkey still enforces a law which makes it illegal to talk about the Genocide. Here’s the article:
Armenian Genocide denier and Islamist apologist Michael van der Galiën has a message for Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch,
“Spencer et al. should stop arguing that ‘pure Islam’ is such and so.”
Spencer, of course, (more…)
The U.S. House of Representatives may be having a change of heart regarding the Armenian Genocide bill.
Why? Is it because they no longer condersider the Turkish ethnic cleansing “genocide”?
The Armenian Genocide perpetrated by the Committee of Union and Progress (CUP aka “The Young Turks”) controlled Ottoman Empire in the years of 1915 – 1923. An estimated 1 to 2 million Armenians were slaughtered by the Ottoman Turks at this time, and it is reprehensible for Turkey and others to deny this with lame excuses, such as the following: