Turkish Proverb (via viage)
Just for the record, I hold no grudges against Turkish people.
Armenians who think protest and letter-writing are going to get the president to acknowledge that another country killed it’s own citizens 100 years ago. The president won’t even acknowledge that he’s killed citizens of his own country.
Sadly all of my friends and family, and even I, believed him at the time. He was calling out names all the way
I’ll definitely read that link you provided sometime this afternoon and share a more detailed response with you, but in short: yes, I agree that it won’t necessarily DO anything for the Armenian people if a US president acknowledges their suffering as genocide. But to me, this is an issue that illuminates the bullshit that government runs on.
Millions suffered and/or died at the hands of a government. It should be a no-brainer that people around the world would acknowledge it for what it was. But in the name of political expediency, our government has refused to do that. If our government is willing to more or less publicly deny that a genocide occurred in which millions suffered, all in the name of political ends, why should we EVER think they have our best interests in mind? It’s just asinine to think they give a fuck about human beings.
Is it really a shock that an imperialistic country (USA) who systematically kills (drone strikes) millions of people based on a race or religious belief (Muslims) under the guise of safety (terrorism) but in reality for both power and profit (oil, strategic land occupation) would refuse to call out another imperialistic country (Ottoman Empire) who systematically kills (death marches, execution, starvation) millions of people based on a race or religious belief (Armenian, non-Turkish) under the guise of safety (Economic blame) but in reality for both power and profit (control of industries, strategic land occupation).
It would be one hell of a hypocritical move for America to call out the Turks.