Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Genocide: it's not a moral issue, it's a political one!

White House: Genocide resolution would hurt relations with key ally

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush and key figures in his administration lobbied hard Wednesday against a House resolution that labels the killings of Armenians in Turkey during World War I as "genocide." President Bush urges the House not to pass a resolution he says would harm U.S. relations with Turkey.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/10/10/us.turkey.armenians/index.html


I am no Armenian historian, so perhaps there is substantive ambiguity over what happened during WWI. However, given what I have read to date, reported events from that time period give every indication that an Armenian genocide at the hands of the Turks did indeed take place.

Yet today the Bush administration is urging the House not to pass a resolution acknowledging what happened. This is completely reminiscent of the bumbling and avoidance of the term 'genocide' of the Clinton administration during the Rwandan genocide. It is also completely consistent with the lackadaisical effort the west has made to stop the genocide in Sudan.

In short, if politicians' political ends are not advanced by calling out even obvious and egregious evils, they will cower and avoid doing so, thus belying their total lack of moral backbone.

How depressing.

2 comments:

marie said...

Thanks for this, Slapdash!

That is absurd! The term "genocide" came out of the Armenian GENOCIDE. It was coined by a man named Raphael Lemkin. I think it was his mother or someone who lived through the genocide and it affected him so greatly that he gave his life to getting the word made official.

I read a story about him that I will have to pull out again. What struck me too, is that apparently when he died, there was like 5,000 pages of writings on genocide found in his apartment, and only like a handful of people attended his funeral.

marie said...

"In short, if politicians' political ends are not advanced by calling out even obvious and egregious evils, they will cower and avoid doing so, thus belying their total lack of moral backbone."

WELL SAID!!