Dr. Bostom makes the cogent open and shut case for why Congress must right this historical wrong. Aristotle said A is A. To deny the abominaton of genocide, to rewrite history, is to give succor to the worst evildoers, past and present. Whitewash genocide? Get away with genocide then – get away with genocide now.
There is right. There is wrong. There is good. There is evil. The left’s inability to distinguish between the two is, in and of itself, an evil.
America must light the way. Congress must do the right thing.
CONGRESS MUST RECOGNIZE THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE Andrew Bostom, Americna Thinker
A combination of official
diplomatic correspondence, and private memoirs — most notably the diaries of Henry
Morgenthau, the U.S.
ambassador to Turkey from 1913 to 1916, an extended report by American consul
Leslie Davis in Harput,
Turkey, from 1915 to 1917, and the recently published United States
Official Records on the Armenian Genocide, 1915-1917 — provides lucid, often repellently detailed
historical accounting of what the U.S. government knew regarding the Ottoman
Empire and the Armenian genocide. These materials are perhaps the most salient
examples of the evidence, as per the language of HR:/ SR:106, "documented in the United States
record," which support the formal U.S. recognition of the Armenian genocide as
proposed in the Congressional resolutions.The wartime reports from German
and Austro-Hungarian officials, Turkey’s World War I allies, as well as earlier
British diplomatic reports dating back to 1890, confirm the independent U.S.
evidence that the origins and evolution of the genocide had little to do with
World War I "Armenian provocations." Contemporary accounts by European
diplomats written from 1890 through the of World War I era, also demonstrate
that these genocidal massacres were perpetrated in the context of a formal jihad
waged against the Armenians because they sought the equal rights promised to
them, but never granted, under various failed schemes to reform the
discriminatory system of Ottoman Islamic Law ("Shari’a"). A widely disseminated
1915 Ottoman Fatwa entitled "Aljihad"(brought to the U.S. Consuls attention in
Cairo), for example, clearly sanctioned religiously motivated jihad violence.
Historian Johannes Lepsius’ eyewitness accounts from Turkey documented the
results of such invocations of jihad:"559 villages whose surviving
inhabitants were converted to Islam with fire and sword; 568 churches thoroughly
pillaged, destroyed and razed to the ground; of 282 Christian churches
transformed into mosques; of 21 Protestant preachers and 170 Armenian priests
who were, after enduring unspeakable tortures, murdered on their refusal to
accept Islam." Lepsius concluded with this rhetorical question: "Is this a
religious persecution or is it not?"And in his eloquent Wednesday
"No Room to Deny Genocide" the
Boston Globe’s Jeff Jacoby emphasized the nexus between the
jihad genocide of the Armenians, the contemporary depredations of jihad, and the
dangers of denial:"And at a time when jihadist
violence from Darfur to Ground Zero has spilled so much innocent blood,
dissimulation about the jihad of 1915 [emphasis added] can only aid our
There is more, much more. Read it all.
Denial of genocide — whether that of
the Turks against the Armenians or the Nazis against the Jews — is not an act
of historical reinterpretation. Rather, it sows confusion by appearing to be
engaged in a genuine scholarly effort. Those who deny genocide always dismiss
the abundance of documents and testimony as contrived or coerced, or as
forgeries and falsehoods. Free speech does not guarantee the deniers the right
to be treated as the ‘other’ side of a legitimate debate when there is no
credible other side"; nor does it guarantee the deniers space in the classroom
or curriculum, or in any other forum. Genocide denial is an insidious form of
intellectual and moral degradation… Professor Deborah
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