Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan's presence in the US has definitely been felt, and it's becoming obvious that President Bush and his administration is more than willing to cater to him. How we haven't learned our lesson in dealing with Turkey, I have no idea. But if anyone happened to catch the Sunday NBC Dateline, make no mistake, that was intentional and no cooincidence that it aired just after Erdogan was in town. I wont talk about it, but I will make two comments... the Armenian cause for genocide recognition is not embodied in one man, and my little ounce of faith in media to report honestly is completely lost.
But there's no doubt that Turkey has spent a lot of money and time planning their new wave of genocide denial and I believe they are losing. Read the article below for a recap of how they are plotting to knock us over. I'm happy to say, it's NOT working. The genocide issue is more relevant now, especially with Sudan reminding us how ugly genocide is.
I realize this may be out of character for me, but I truly believe the one thing about Americans today is that the true Americans (as in, not the politicians pretending to represent them) believe in good. All the conservatives out there, I truly believe that in their good Christian hearts, would not take this crap from Turkey if they realized it was going on. The more this subject is publicized, I believe the American people will do the right thing, which is why we have to make sure that we are there to respond every time Turkey puts lies out into the world. The obstacle in all of this is the gatekeepers in Congress and the Administration who have sucked up to Turkey long enough. Yalla, put the Genocide Resolution to a vote and watch it pass with a landslide.
TURKEY ESCALATES INTERNATIONAL WAVE OF ARMENIAN GENOCIDE DENIAL
| 14:31:18 | 16-06-2005 | Politics |
Activists from across the United States, throughout Europe, and around the world are streaming to the Armenian National Committee of America's (ANCA) website to take part in an on-line response to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recently unleashed international wave of genocide denial.
In recent weeks, Erdogan has dramatically raised the stakes in his government's campaign to deny the Armenian Genocide, orchestrating the purchase of major media advertisements, applying intense pressure on foreign governments, and severely cracking down on dissidents within Turkey who seek to speak openly about this crime against humanity. Elements of this wave of denial include:
Blocking the first-ever Armenian Genocide conference in Turkey, which was to have taken place in Istanbul this June.
Spending over $1,000,000 to have Time Magazine include DVDs denying the Armenian Genocide in all of its editions throughout Europe, and placing a major genocide denial ad in the Washington Post.
Pressing the U.S. government to withdraw the American Foreign Service Association's "Constructive Dissent" award to U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Evans for speaking the truth about the Genocide.
Pressuring President Bush, during their June 8th White House meeting, to oppose the Armenian Genocide Resolution before Congress. This legislation (H.Res.316) was introduced on June 14th by Congressmen George Radanovich (R-CA), Adam Schiff (D-CA), and Armenian Caucus Co-Chairmen Joe Knollenberg (R-MI), and Frank Pallone (D-NJ).
Twisting arms at the State Department to continue to exclude any mention of the Armenian Genocide in the Department's official website's section on Armenian history. http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/5275.htm
Imposing an effective "gag-rule," silencing any U.S. protests over Turkey's new Penal Code provision (Section 305) outlawing even the discussion of the Genocide.
"The powerful response to our action alert reflects the seriousness with which Armenians worldwide are responding to Erdogan's escalation of his attacks on the truth, on the memories of genocide victims, and on the very security of Armenia," said Aram Hamparian, Executive Director of the ANCA.
"But he will fail - despite all the millions of dollars and vast political capital he will expend. He'll fail - because of the powerful grassroots response he will face from Armenian Americans; because of the moral indignation of the American people as they learn more about how his government's values stand in stark contrast to those held by the vast majority of Americans; because he is finding himself increasingly isolated internationally as he loses his partners in denial, and - perhaps most importantly - because his years of hateful lies and deception will collapse under their own weight," added Hamparian.