House Resolution 252, condemning the Armenian genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire, passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee today, by a vote of 23 ayes to 22 nays. Also opposing the bill is the Obama administration (President Obama will presumably veto the bill if it gets through the full House and Senate), even though Candidate Obama stated he would recognize it if elected President.
Because there are a lot more Armenian-Americans than there are Turkish-Americans. You know why there are so many Armenian-Americans?
Because they came here to get away from the Turks, who killed 1.5 million of them.
I dare say, that of all the captive peoples of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, only one found their situation to be an improvement over independence or freedom. That would be the Armenians, who would have suffered another genocide if left to the mercies of the barbarous Turks, Azerbaijanis, and other neighbors who surround them.
22 members of Congress (and the Obama administration) opposed this bill, despite the fact that actual survivors of the genocide, somehow, were standing in front of them. Tottering, actually. But they came.
I despise people who claim that the "Israel lobby" or "the Elders of Zion" or whatever dominate American foreign policy, because I don't believe it's true. But I can't imagine House members, apart from maybe an outlying freak like Ron Paul, voting against a resolution to call the Nazi Holocaust a genocide. Even though it's the unofficial position of countries far more important than Turkey (like Saudi Arabia) that it didn't happen.
I guess the Turks were too efficient. Not enough Armenians got out of the Ottoman Empire (they were once one of the most important minorities in the Middle East) to concern 22 members of Congress. To vote in this country.
As for Turkey? Fuck Turkey. If the Turks won't come to terms with what they did, they'll do it again. In Turkey 23 members of the United States House of Representatives would be criminals.
I shall update this post, as soon as the web makes the voting talley available, and name all 22 members of the House Foreign Relations Committee who voted against this bill.