The White House is currently urging Congress to reject legislation that would declare the killing of 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of Turks during WWI a genocide.

The White House is doing this two primary reasons: first, it will damage relations with Turkey and Turkey is the main stop over for operations in Iraq; second, the US supports Turkey’s inclusion in the European Union and this on their record does not help.

So wait a minute, this is World War One  we’re talking about here, correct? The war that ended 90 years ago?

What the bloody hell people! This is truly juvenile politics at its best. In one corner we have the American Amrenian Council passing this waste of legislation through our government to do what exactly? The world does not need American legislation to validate what history already knows to be true.

In the other corner we have the Turks who claim the numbers are inflated and that all those people died during civil unrest. Okay, now this is like denying the Holocaust. There has been enough survivor accounts documented that showed entire towns wiped off the map by Turks for the simple fact that the inhabitants were Armenian. Sounds like genocide to me. The Turkey needs to grow up and take its medicine.

And in a completely unrelated third corner, we have our government. Neither Congress nor the White House has any business getting involved in the bickering of two countries over events that happened nearly a century ago.

While I personally oppose the White House’s first reason for rejecting this legislation (as I would like to see this war end), I do support the second reason. I believe Turkey’s entry into the EU will help solidify them as a moderate Islamic state and EU membership may help to keep them as such.

Genocide is serious business. I view it as a critical failure of mankind so it’s not that I don’t sympathize, but I liken it to slavery in US. I recognize and own it for what it was in our nation’s history, but that is not this country now. While we should be able to call a spade a spade, this is politics and no one ever said it was a reasonable business. We know what happened to the Armenians and do not need laws on our books stating as such. It is history and it is time to move on and deal with the future.

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