19 March 2007
The introduction of the Armenian Genocide Resolution has sparked a new round of Turkish threats to interfere with Coalition operations in Iraq if the U.S. Congress moves toward adoption of this human rights legislation. . .
By issuing these brazen and deeply offensive warnings:
1) Turkey threatens the security of U.S. forces in Iraq
2) Turkey threatens America’s moral stand against genocide
3) Turkey threatens the integrity of the U.S. legislative process
The truth behind Turkey’s threats:
Turkey has taken only token steps against Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Argentina, Austria, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, and other states that have recognized the Armenian Genocide.
The French Despite all its threats in 2001 against France recognizing the example: Armenian Genocide, trade between France and Turkey grew 22% the following year, and has grown by 131% over the past five years. (Source: OECD)
The U.S. Despite years of U.S. deference to Turkey’s genocide example: denials, in 2003 Ankara still blocked a northern front into Iraq, a move the Pentagon has said added significantly to the problems currently facing our forces.
The truth is that U.S. recognition of the Armenian Genocide will advance both U.S. interests and American values by removing a source of regional instability and reaffirming our nation’s principled opposition to all instances of genocide.