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The Turkey genocide resolution

Do we really need this? It’s a strange issue that’s resurfaced lately. As far as I know, no reputable historian believes the Ottoman empire didn’t commit genocide against the Armenians. Seeing as it has no bearing on current events and will antagonize an ally we’ll probably need in the future (unless the government is taken over by Islamists, after which it won’t matter) it seems like a bad idea.

I haven’t really figured out why Pelosi is pushing this, either. Does her district have a large Armenian population? I suppose it could be a roundabout way to restrict the war in Iraq, but that seems colossally stupid and irresponsible.

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  1. October 15, 2007 at 8:00 am

    The part where you are unfortunately incorrect is that the resolution has “no bearing on current events”.

  2. October 15, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    Eh, I should have been clearer there (especially after your argument with Budge). I meant that in the sense that it’s a resolution about a historical event that doesn’t have any direct relevance to current events relevant to this country. The resolution will affect current events, but the Armenian genocide isn’t really an important issue to this country.

  3. October 15, 2007 at 10:58 pm

    I would much rather see us take action on the genocide we could have affected, being the one still going on in Darfur than bring up one that happened 90 years ago. Not that I don’t think we should call a spade a spade, I just think it might be a little chicken-shit to bring up one from all those years ago while ignoring the current one.

    On the other hand though, I don’t understand why we are supposed to be silent to a nation that clearly holds us in disdain. It is a bad situation.

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