In the House yesterday, Representative Ilhan Omar refused to vote for a resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide. The non-binding resolution passed overwhelmingly by a vote of 405-11. During and immediately after World War I, The Islamic Ottoman Turks tortured and slaughtered millions of Armenians, Assyrian and Greeks — a Christian minority in the Muslim empire — capping the centuries of jihadi wars, land appropriations, cultural annihilations and enslavements.
When the Muslim world, most especially Turkey, recognizes the genocide — like Germany did with the Holocaust — only then can we say that the Muslim world is making some headway out of the savage and brutal teachings that dictate such wholesale slaughter.
Scholar of Islam Robert Spencer elucidates:
In 1894, the Ottoman sultanate began massacring Armenians ruthlessly, committing mass rapes, killing even children, and burning Armenian villages. The chief dragoman (Turkish interpreter) of the British Embassy wrote that those who committed these atrocities were “guided in their general action by the prescriptions of Sheri [Sharia] Law. That law prescribes that if the ‘rayah’ [subject] Christian attempts, by having recourse to foreign powers, to overstep the limits of privileges allowed to them by their Mussulman masters, and free themselves from their bondage, their lives and property are to be forfeited, and are at the mercy of the Mussulmans. To the Turkish mind, the Armenians had tried to overstep these limits by appealing to foreign powers, especially England. They, therefore, considered it their religious duty and a righteous thing to destroy and seize the lives and property of the Armenians.”
The jihad against the Armenians went on even in Constantinople, after Armenian revolutionaries seized the Bank Ottoman in 1894. In retaliation, Muslim mobs for two days bludgeoned Armenians to death with cudgels wherever they found them. The British chargé in Constantinople wrote that the “Turkish mob” was aided by “a large number of softas [student of Islamic theology] and other fanatics…individuals wearing turbans and long linen robes rarely seen in this part of the town. They mostly carried clubs which had evidently been carefully shaped after a uniform pattern; some had, instead of these, iron bars…there is nothing improbable in the stories current that the clubs and bars…were furnished by the municipal authorities.”
At Urfa in December 1895, the Armenians gathered in their cathedral and requested Ottoman government protection, which the officer in charge granted, surrounding the cathedral with troops. Then other Ottoman troops, along with local Muslim civilians, rampaged through the city, slaughtering Armenians and plundering their houses. A large group of young Armenians was taken to the local imam, who ordered them to be held down. An eyewitness said that the sheik then recited some verses of the Qur’an and “cut their throats after the Mecca rite of sacrificing sheep.”
The German historian Johannes Lepsius visited the devastated areas at the time and chronicled the atrocities. He referred to the cover-up of these horrific events that had already begun: “Are we then simply forbidden to speak of the Armenians as persecuted on account of their religious belief? If so, there have never been any religious persecutions in the world… We have lists before us of 559 villages whose surviving inhabitants were converted to Islam with fire and sword; of 568 churches thoroughly pillaged, destroyed and razed to the ground; of 282 Christian churches transformed into mosques; of 21 Protestant preachers and 170 Gregorian [Armenian] priests who were, after enduring unspeakable tortures, murdered on their refusal to accept Islam. We repeat, however, that those figures express only the extent of our information, and do not by a long way reach to the extent of the reality. Is this a religious persecution or is it not?”
Lepsius also reported that the Muslims had destroyed 2,500 Christian villages and 645 churches and monasteries, and that the number of those who had been forced to convert to Islam was fifteen thousand. Three hundred twenty-eight churches were converted into mosques, and 508 more were plundered.
Erdogan Ally Ilhan Omar Abstains on Armenian Genocide Resolution
By David Israel, The Jewish Press, October 30, 2019:
The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 405-11, with three abstaining, to recognize as genocide the 1914 to 1923 Turkish mass murder of 1.5 million Armenians.
The eleven who voted against the resolution were all Republicans: 4 from Indiana, 2 each from North Carolina and Texas, and one each from Alabama, Maryland, and Oklahoma. The three who voted “present” were a Republican from Arizona, a Democrat from Texas, and Ilhan Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota.
There are many reasons politicians vote in a surprising fashion. In the case of the Armenian genocide, the Turkish government has been waging war on these resolutions across the western world for decades. Unlike Germany, which has fully embraced history’s verdict on its responsibility for the Jewish Holocaust, the Turks are invested in wiping out the memory of their mass murders. The Turks use lobbying, political pressure, bribery, economic threats – so someone should check why 11 Republicans refused on Tuesday to embrace the Armenian genocide resolution.
But the abstention vote of Rep. Ilhan Omar stands out because she has gone into considerable length to justify it, and because, not surprisingly, she’s good friends with Turkish president and Sultan wannabe Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Indeed, some rightwing news sources have dubbed her a Turkish agent.
For the record, President Trump’s National Security Advisor and convicted felon Michael Flynn also admitted to being a Turkish foreign agent.
Omar's office has sent this statement to CNN explaining her present vote: pic.twitter.com/Gpj198jx0p
— Haley Byrd (@byrdinator) October 29, 2019
Omar said on Tuesday, mixing chutzpa with self-righteousness after her shameful vote, that genocide “should not be used as cudgel in a political fight.”
She explained, in her special, terrifying dialect of newspeek: “I believe accountability for human rights violations – especially ethnic cleansing and genocide – is paramount. But accountability and recognition of genocide should not be used as cudgel in a political fight. It should be done based on academic consensus outside the push and pull of geopolitics.”
She also preached: “A true acknowledgement of historical crimes against humanity must include both the heinous genocides of the 20th century, along with earlier mass slaughters like the transatlantic slave trade and Native American genocide, which took the lives of hundreds of millions of indigenous people in this country.”
So, here’s a taste of what the academics are saying:
The Armenian Genocide is considered to have been the first modern genocide, because, like the Jewish Holocaust, it was planned and executed by the full power of the state.
The official starting date of the Armenian Holocaust is April 24, 1915, when the Turks rounded up, arrested, and deported from Istanbul an estimated 270 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders to the Ankara area in the hinterland, where the majority of them were executed.
The genocide proceeded in two phases: the wholesale murder of able-bodied Armenian men in massacres; followed by the deportation of women, children, the elderly, and the infirm on death marches into the Syrian desert, without food and water, where they were subjected to rape and massacres.
The Armenian genocide featured mass burning, mass drowning, and killings by doctors – serving as a preview of the 1939-1945 Holocaust. There is no consensus on exactly how many Armenians were murdered, but there is a general agreement among western historians that between 800,000 and 1,500,000 perished.
As of 2019, 32 countries (including, this week, the US) have acknowledged the Armenian Holocaust perpetrated by the Turks, including Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Russia. 49 of the 50 US states have recognized the Holocaust – only Mississippi has not, but the full Mississippi House delegation (3 Republicans and 1 Democrat) voted Yea on Tuesday’s resolution.
Speaking of votes and acknowledgement, Omar is the only member of “The Squad” who did not support the genocide vote. Say what you will about Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan – they supported the resolution.
According to Conservative Review, Rep. Omar on Sept. 18, 2017 met with Erdogan in New York City, where he attended the UN General Assembly. In a since-deleted interview with Tusmo Times, a local newspaper serving the Somali American community in Minnesota, Omar reportedly said that she met with Erdogan for about an hour and they discussed issues concerning Omar’s native Somalia and Somalis living in Minnesota.
Remember Omar’s notorious “Benjamins” tweet, and her other tweet, about the dual loyalties of American Jews? Isn’t this delicious?
Omar said she discussed with Erdogan and other senior Turkish officials investment and trade between Turkey and Somalia, and the meeting ended with Erdogan asking Omar to voice her support for Turkey.
Now you know why the representative from Minnesota voted the way she did.
It was the Benjamins, baby.
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