Turkey Attacking Iraqi Kurds, and the House non-vote on the Armenian Genocide
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Submitted by Doc Tater (United States), Oct 26, 2007 at 15:48
The Senate passed the bill, but the House has tabled the bill that would recognize the Turkish Armenian Genocide as a fact of history "until the timing is better".
Turkey has blustered that the bill offends them, intolerably. It appears that Turkey has implied that they will commit a Turkish Kurdish Genocide to protest America's recognition of the Turkish Armenian Genocide.
Turkey has bombed and shelled alleged PKK strongholds in Iraq, and located 1 or 2 hundred thousand troops along the border. America has been invited by Turkey to support their attacks on Kurds, and to participate with Turkey in their efforts to disable the PKK. While Kurdish terrorists are no less terrorists because they're Kurds, the Kurdish -people have been American allies in Iraq. I can't bear the thought of USA participating in a Turkish Kurdish Genocide.
Today I wrote to my congressman, a Democrat, urging him to not delay his vote on whether or not the Armenian Genocide occurred. This is the body of that letter:
"Please vote, without delay, in support of the bill acknowledging that the Muslim Ottoman Empire's Genocide of Armenian Christians is a fact of history.
Of course, currently, Turkey is threatening to commit a Kurdish Genocide to protest our recognition of the Armenian Genocide, and they are so bold that they ask us to support them and participate in what will doubtless be a flood of war crimes perpetrated against all Kurds.
Turkey is attempting to extort the American People and the US Congress, saying they'll further restrict our already-reduced access to staging areas in Turkey if we don't agree to their Great National Lie.
These two outrageous facts merely demonstrate that the Islamist Turkish Government of Erdogan and Gul is not our friend or ally.
Appeasement doesn't work.
A fact is a fact, and the Turkish Armenian Genocide is a fact of history.
The modern history of Turkey is at a turning point, because this summer is the first time since the rise of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk that Turkey's government has been dominated by Islamists. The Islamists seek nothing less than restoration of the caliphate in Turkey, which they lost nearly a century ago, and a grand scale demonstration of pushing around the USA will raise Turkey's prestige in the Muslim World and support their claim to the caliphate.
Delaying the House vote on the Armenian Genocide "until the timing is better" is nothing more than bowing and scraping, allowing ourselves to be extorted by a coven of Islamist bullies, and it sets a terrible precedent we cannot live with in the future.
We are the world's only superpower. We use our power prudently and judiciously, but we use it if we must. When we use our power, we use it decisively and effectively. We don't use our power, or delay legislation in our sovereign nation, because we've been extorted by a nation whose power is inferior to ours. Turkey must be reminded of these facts, and it appears that our House of Representatives must now be reminded also."
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