More than a century later, House recognizes Armenian genocide

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Turkish attacks on northern Syria and particularly the Kurds there spurred the House to do something no previous Congress has been willing to do: call a century-old genocide a genocide. On Tuesday, the House voted to formally recognize the 1915 killing by the Ottoman Empire of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians as genocide, a move that predictably enraged Turkey.

The House bill, which passed by a 405-to-11 margin, rejects “efforts to enlist, engage or otherwise associate the United States government with denial of the Armenian genocide or any other genocide.”

“Recent attacks by the Turkish military against the Kurdish people are a stark reminder of the danger in our own time,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

“This shameful decision of those exploiting history in politics is null & void for our Government & people,” Turkey’s foreign minister tweeted in response to the long-overdue vote. But former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power wrote in a New York Times op-ed that, after years of Turkey bullying the U.S. not to recognize the genocide, the vote is “a reminder of how important truth-telling is to American foreign policy, and how ultimately self-defeating it is for the United States to bend to autocratic pressure tactics, whether from Turkey or anywhere else.”

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30ish years ago I met an older woman and we be became good friends. We shared a lot of stories. The one story she shared that I will never forget was about her father. When he was a boy in Armenia the Turks were slaughtering Armenians. She said the village knew the Turks were coming. His mother put him in the well to try to save him. The village was taken to the desert and murdered. Her father was rescued by missionaries who brought him to the US. He grew up here and became a doctor. My friend was an… Read more »
chris whitley
chris whitley

America needs to stand up for the little guy. Something trump doesn’t understand. He’s the type to bully. I bet his daddy had to have someone follow him around to keep him from getting beat up. Part of why he pulled out of Syria. Other part was deal with Putin. Sure would like to see those call transcripts.