Obama Marks Genocide Without Saying the Word


President Obama, who as a candidate vowed to use the term genocide to describe the Ottoman slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians nearly a century ago, once again declined to do so on Saturday as he marked the anniversary of the start of the killings.

“On this solemn day of remembrance, we pause to recall that 95 years ago one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century began,” Mr. Obama said in the statement, which largely echoed the same language he used on this date a year ago. “In that dark moment of history, 1.5 million Armenians were massacred or marched to their death in the final days of the Ottoman Empire.”

“As president I will recognize the Armenian Genocide,” he said in a statement on Jan. 19, 2008, that used the word 10 more times. He said that “the Armenian Genocide is not an allegation, a personal opinion, or a point of view, but rather a widely documented fact.” He added, “An official policy that calls on diplomats to distort the historical facts is an untenable policy.”

1,500,000 Christians were murdered in the Armenian Genocide, Why won’t The United States and Turkey acknowledge the truth?
Why does one country (Turkey) hold so much power over us? Shouldn’t we stand up for the truth?

Maybe it has something to do with our “best friends forever” status with Israel, who also doesn’t recognize the Armenian Genocide. Not sure about that. The fact remains, however, that Israel is another country that doesn’t recognize it. Shameful for all three nations.

He didn’t want to ‘offend’ Turkey. Well, I say, stuff it!:wink:

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