The death of the innocents in Armenia will not go away! Why the vote just now? Well it has been proposed year in and year out. This time it has a prospect of succeeding and I hope it does! This is not an attempt to brand the current Turks as Nazis. But the fact is that this Holocaust did occur and Nazi Germany was not the only place where these atrocities happened. Perhaps if the world loudly condemned the Armenian Holocaust and punished those who committed these crimes after the war then the Nazis would have had second thoughts about committing the Jewish Holocaust.
Question: Why bring this up now with the war in Iraq taking place we need Turkey as an ally?
Answer: We could have left Iraq after the removal of Saddam and placed a friendly Baath Party LE (Light Edition) regime in its place. But we chose to engage in a Neo-Con Social Engineering Experiment. We demanded a western style democracy in Iraq as a social force against Islamic Fundamentalism! Well it seems right next door one of our allies still does not want to deal with the issue of genocide and religious self-righteousness! Turkey screwed up our invasion of Iraq by not allowing us to transport troops through her territory. What is worse is that Turkey did this at the last minute. So when the bleeding hearts in Republican Party whine about us hurting our relationship with Turkey lets us remember that Americans lost their lives because of this last minute turn around by Turkey. Also the fact that we did not have a fast northern access into Iraq aided the insurgency! But we cannot blame the insurgency on Turkey, but rather the bad planning of the Bush Administration which should have prepared for the Iraq occupation and even this Congressional Resolution! This resolution was proposed every year. But even more important is the moral issue!
I just love these political and even religious conservatives. They point the finger at liberals and accuse liberals of “ethical relativity” and “moral relativism”.
Question: But isn’t there a difference between what happened in Nazi Germany and Armenia?
Answer: It was wrong in Nazi Germany and it was wrong in Turkey. There is a difference! In modern Germany it is a crime to deny the Jewish Holocaust as well it should be! Nazis are outlawed! Yet in Turkey it is a crime to say the Armenian Holocaust even existed! Germany has repented and now has model laws to prevent the horrible crimes that where done against the Jews. Turkey on the other hand has not developed a sense of social responsibility! Some of their fellow travelers in the Republican Party and yes even the Democratic Party want to be “enablers” for the Turkish Government. Maybe Germany can serve as a role model for Turkey. No one is calling the present day Turks killers. I would support language in the resolution for a face saving mechanism for modern Turks. Hell we Americans realize we killed Native Americans and had slaves. We admit we were wrong! What I find amazing is that some Jewish groups are not supporting the Armenians! What is this some kinky sick neurotic contest for “My Holocaust Was Worse Than Yours”! All genocides are wrong! I am a religious person but all religions have gone through this stage. The Muslims are not the only ones. They however just don’t want to take responsibility. Genocide is as old as mankind. We Christians and Jews have undergone growth and don’t take our scripture above reason. Muslims have not had a reformation and “modernity” is an evil concept to them. But we have overcome delightful tidbits like these in our scripture!
16 However, in the cities of the nations the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes.
Joshua 6:21 AND 26
21 They devoted the city to the LORD and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it-men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys”
26 At that time Joshua pronounced this solemn oath: “Cursed before the LORD is the man who undertakes to rebuild this city, Jericho:
10 “A curse on him who is lax in doing the LORD’s work!
A curse on him who keeps his sword from bloodshed!
Sometimes not all where killed in our Judeo-Christian “good ole days”.
17 Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, 18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.
(A virgin is a terrible thing to waste! Why not ravage one for the Lord today!) Hey this is “upfront” payment not bye and bye in the sky when you die! Just kidding, but we in the West have learned to value “Reason” with just plain religious faith.
I believe this Resolution MUST pass. Besides what is the worst that could happen? We might have to end this Republican Social Engineering Experiment in Iraq sooner! Now wouldn’t that be just aweful!