Posted by: Puma1 | April 6, 2009

Obama Betrays Armenians: Despite Promise, No Recognition Of Genocide in Turkey

Welcome to your spot under the bus, Armenians.

President Obama appeared in Turkey today as part of an effort to improve U.S.-Turkish relations and reach out to the Muslim world.

One thing he did not do, however, is utter the word “genocide” – even though during the presidential campaign he said that actions by Ottoman Turks against Armenians before and during World War I, when up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed, should be recognized as such.

Here, via Fox News, is a statement from the president’s Web site during the campaign:

“I also share with Armenian Americans — so many of whom are descended from genocide survivors — a principled commitment to commemorating and ending genocide. That starts with acknowledging the tragic instances of genocide in world history. As a U.S. senator, I have stood with the Armenian American community in calling for Turkey’s acknowledgement of the Armenian Genocide.”

The president was far more measured in his comments today. In his opening remarks before the Turkish parliament, here’s what he had to say:

I know there are strong views in this chamber about the terrible events of 1915. While there has been a good deal of commentary about my views, this is really about how the Turkish and Armenian people deal with the past. And the best way forward for the Turkish and Armenian people is a process that works through the past in a way that is honest, open and constructive.

via Despite Promise, No Recognition Of Genocide From Obama | Political Hotsheet – CBS News

So Mr. Anti-Status Quo New Politics is so weak and afraid that he can’t even call a spade a spade. More of same. More fear. Less courage. More propping up the establishment. More kowtowing to the wrong. Less speaking truth to power.

This is what happens when you try to be everything to everybody like Mr. Obama does: you end up standing for nothing. You lose your soul. You sell out.

Too bad Mr. Obama can’t figure out something every Southerner knows how to do: how to tell the blunt truth while also being polite and diplomatic.

Obama should have found a way to gently call Turkey out and acknowledge the atrocious Armenian genocide. It IS possible to stand up for your beliefs without alienating people (see Hillary Clinton in China in 1995 for a good example of this kind of courage and carrots and sticks) . That is, of course, if you have actual beliefs.

Tough talk from the Teleprompter, indeed. Pathetic.

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Responses

  1. When I would ask my grandmother about the Armenian Genocide she would usually start with a scoffing smirk and say, “They were always killing us . . . way before 1915”. Studying the history of the Armenians within the borders of Turkey, I see now that she was right. Upwards to 500,000 Christian Armenians, Syrians and Greeks were slaughtered by Sultan Abdulhammid II with the British consent of silence . . . not surprising, this would soon lead to the Adana Massacres of 25,000 in 1909 as a morbid prelude to the 1.5 million Armenians brutally murdered 1915-1923. History clearly shows us that when Massacres are permitted by “civil societies” it encourages their tragic repeat with increased furor.

    When will we learn?

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  3. Obama, has thrown his own country under the
    bus to only further his (POLITICAL) career. He
    and his commi-socialite administration, The man
    is a reckless radical and has to be stopped.

  4. Since when is history a political deal? If you want to look at the matter, and if you are not biased from the start, there is also a lot of evidence that proves there was not a genocide. Altough onecan not say or prove there haven’t been any massacres. But isn’t WW I one big massacre in the periferies of the fighting states? And can we call all massacres a genocide? I don’t think so, and it is very wise of Obama not to mingle in historical debates wich have to be fought and written by historians, from all sides.

    This is not a matter of lobbying and votes. Unfortunately, many believe it is! But what happens then is a creation of a distorted viuew at the one hand, and a history of the winners at the other. Both are not actual presentations of what went on.

    The thousands armenians killed and the thousends muslims not even mentioned (i recall that there were also 400.000 muslim civilian victims of Russo-Armenian troops and rebels in the territory) are not a senate or french or US bargain!

    • Umm…this is not a question of mingling in history. It is a question of Obama lying, flip-flopping, and breaking promises (again).

      What do you mean he is wise to not mingle in history. He already mingled in history when he promised during the campaign to recognize the Armenian genocide. The point is that he has now broken that promise, because he cannot be trusted to ever follow-through with what he says.

    • Mr. horst,

      It’s clearly obvious from your blog statement that you are ignorant of your history and lacking education. WWI was not “one big massacre” to begin with. Secondly, in the context that you put it in, it seems like you would be okay with “one big massacre” and I sense a so-what attitude.

      You go on to state that thousands of turks were killed, when there are no such accounts. To add to that, how was this possible when history shows that the turkish soldiers barred Armenian’s from owning any weapons, and confiscated them from those who did. Point-in-fact, Turks left Armenian’s without any weapons and defenseless. Further, Henry Morganteau, the U.S. Ambassador to turkey at the time reported back to the President of the United States the accounts of mass massacres that he was witnessing as the Armenian’s were being annihilated. This is very well documented in the archives of the United States. Add to this, photographic documentation of the genocide that was going on at the time.

      Please, next time before you speak, learn your history. For those that ignore it are destined to repeat it.

  5. I am disgusted by Obama selling out on this issue. However I did not vote for Obama and now see how the American-Armenians have been suckered into voting for him. Shame on them for being so easily led. Obama’s character during the campaign so easily revealed his wishy washy and sell out nature…. no wonder the Armenians have been taken advantage of for centuries. They need to stop being so starry eyed.


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