08 October 2007

2039) Write Your Congressman Today: No To H.R. 106

The vast majority of experts on the Ottoman Empire reject the Armenian allegation of genocide. Turkish Americans and Turks along with most non-partisan historians know that the Turkish-Armenian civil war during WWI and the human tragedy that victimized all the people of the area do not constitute genocide. For this, they rely on the findings of experts on Ottoman history, the vast majority of whom do not accept the Armenian allegation of genocide, such as Bernard Lewis, Guenther Lewy, Andrew Mango, Avigdor Levy, Stanford Shaw, Masaki Kakiszaki, David Fromkin, Norman Stone, Edward Erickson, Heath Lowry, and Justin McCarthy, to list just a few notables.

Please note the following critical observation by Professor Bernard Lewis made on April 14, 2002, at the National Press Club on C-Span 2 ( To watch video, click: http://armenians-1915.blogspot.com/2007/08/1900-video-prof-bernard-lewis-no.html . )

“ [T]hat the massacre of the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire was the same as what happened to Jews in Nazi Germany is a downright falsehood. What happened to the Armenians was the result of a massive Armenian armed rebellion against the Turks, which began even before war broke out, and continued on a larger scale. But to make this a parallel with the holocaust in Germany, you would have to assume the Jews of Germany had been engaged in an armed rebellion against the German state, collaborating with the allies against Germany. That in the deportation order, the cities of Hamburg and Berlin were exempted, persons in the employment of the state were exempted, and the deportation only applied to the Jews of Germany proper, so that when they got to Poland they were welcomed and sheltered by the Polish Jews. This seems to me a rather absurd parallel”.

But some politicians claim they know better than the experts named above. These politicians have already decided what events of 1`915 shall be called: genocide. They declared their open support for the so-called genocide resolution. No facts will change their minds now. Facts no longer matter to them. Last time I looked up, this was called “lynching”. Here is the definition according to Webster’s II dictionary: Lynch. To execute without due process of law.

The 1948 U.N. Convention defines the term genocide in articles 1-3. According to these articles, Armenian lobbyists and their agenda-ridden clients, so called genocide scholars (none are historians) need to produce proof of one minor point: intent ! Since Armenians could not discover to date any evidence of intent , Armenians fabricated some. Andonian’s fake Talaat Pasha telegrams, crude fabrications of Ottoman communication, are still used today by some “genocide scholars”.

But there is more: The same 1948 U.N. Convention also describes how the genocide verdict may be reached and by whom under article 6, which the genocide crowd conveniently always ignore. Article 6 requires that a “competent tribunals” after due process may reach a verdict like genocide and no others. The lynching planned for October 10, 2007 at the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Relations Committee when the “bogus genocide resolution” H.R. 106 slated to be “discussed” is not exactly the competent tribunal the 1948 U.N. Convention meticulously described. The latter had something like Nuremberg in mind.

Please note that there was never a trial by competent tribunals and, therefore, no verdict exists today on the Turkish-Armenian conflict. So how can so many benefit from a non-existent court verdict for so long?

Enter the politicians, community leaders, activists, lobbyists, journalists, clergy, biased academicians, and others whose blatant selective morality allow them to ignore the Muslim and/or Turkish suffering, even those half a million at the hands of Armenian nationalists, dismiss armed Armenian rebellions, Armenian terrorism, and perhaps worst of all, Armenian treason. If you take out “the Four T’s” of the Turkish-Armenian conflict during WWI, what’s left? You take out half the story and are left with nothing more than Armenian fabrications, exaggerations, omissions, errors, misrepresentations, propaganda, and lies. That is exactly what H.R. 106 is all about: lies.

It is a sad they if the highest legislative body in America passes a resolution glorifying lies. Legislators committing an illegal act. What’s next? That the U.S. did not explode two atomic bombs in Nagasaki and Hiroshima to kill hundreds of thousands of innocent women and children? That the blacks actually enjoyed slavery? That the native Americans welcomed their own extinction and lovingly exchanged their lands for the latter’s civilization and faith? That the Asians were never discriminated against and abused?

I, for one, would like to believe that there still are decent and courageous politicians who can turn down the lure of campaign contributions, votes, fast track, and glory, and resist the bias and bigotry so easy to succumb to, and stop this HR 106 nonsense, in the name of truth, justice, and fairness.

You must do your part to seek out the righteous politicians. You can start by writing to those listed below and tell your side of the story. Be brief and mention one or more of the following in your signed, dated fax:

HR 106 DELIBERATELY MISREPRESENTS THE U.N. RECORDS;

HR 106 PROFOUNDLY OFFENDS TURKEY, A STAUNCH U.S. ALLY FOR 50+ YEARS;

HR 106 DISCRIMINATES AGAINST TURKISH-AMERICANS;

HR 106 IS DAMAGING TO TURKEY-ARMENIA RELATIONS, THAT IS, WHAT LITTLE OF IT EXISTS;

HR 106 HURTS AMERICAN INTERESTS IN A TRI-CONTINENTAL GEOGRAPHY ACTUALLY LARGER THAN THE ENTIRE NORTH AMERICA;

HR 106 ENDANGERS AMERICAN LIVES IN IRAQ IF TURKEY RETALIATES THE HOSTILE ACT OF HR 106 WITH CLOSURE OF US BASES ON TURKISH SOIL;

HR 106 PLACES LEGISLATURE IN PLACE OF JUDICIAL BRANCH;

HR 106 CONTRAVENES U.S. FOREIGN POLICY (ALL U.S. FOREIGN SECRETARIES SINCE 1970s SIGNED A LETTER TO PELOSI OPPOSING HR 106;)

HR 106 PLACES LEGISLATURE IN PLACE OF HISTORY SCHOLARSHIP;

CONGRESS SHOULD SUPPORT MORE RESEARCH AND MORE DIALOG AMONG TURKS AND ARMENIANS, NOT NAME CALLING, POLARIZATION, BIAS, BIGOTRY, AND MORE HOSTILITY;

HR 106 IT IS SELECTIVE MORALITY, DOUBLE STANDARDS, AND GREEDY POLITICS ALL ROLLED INTO ONE.

Since when in America we re-started labeling with a definitive, conclusive verdict events that are not yet given the fair chance to go through the due process in proper courts? Isn’t this the definition of “lynching”. HR 106 amounts to lynching provoked by falsified history…

Here are some of the politicians that you should write (fax) to immediately:

TOM LANTOS , http://www.lantos.house.gov/
San Mateo, Tel: (650) 342 0300, Fax: (650) 375 8270
Washington, D.C., Tel: (202)225 3531

HOWARD BERMAN , http://www.house.gov/berman/
Van Nuys , Tel: (818) 994 7200 , Fax: (818) 994 1050
Washington, D.C. , Tel: (202) 225 4695 , Fax: (202) 225 3196

ENI F. H. FALEOMAVAEGA, http://www.house.gov/faleomavaega/
American Samoa, Tel: (684) 633 1372, Fax (684) 633 2680
Washington, D.C. , Tel: (202) 225 8577, Fax (202) 225 8757

BRAD SHERMAN, http://bradsherman.house.gov/
San Fernando Valley , Tel: (818) 501 9200, Fax: (818) 501 1554
Washington, D.C. , Tel: (202) 225 5911, Fax: (202) 225 5879

DIANE E. WATSON, http://www.house.gov/watson/
Los Angeles , Tel: (323) 965 1422, Fax: (323) 965 1113
Washington, D.C. , Tel: (202) 225 7084, Fax: (202) 225 2422

ADAM SMITH, http://www.house.gov/adamsmith/
Tacoma, Tel: (253) 896 3775, Washington, D.C. , Tel: (202) 225 890

LYNN WOOLSEY, http://woolsey.house.gov/
Marin , Tel: (415) 507 9554, Fax: (415) 507 9601
Sonoma, Tel: (707) 542 7182, Fax: (707) 542 2745
Washington, D.C. , Tel: (202) 225 5161, Fax: (202) 225 5163

DAVID WU , http://www.house.gov/wu/
Portland , Tel:(503) 326 2901, Fax: (503) 326 5066
Washington, D.C. , Tel:(202) 225 0855, Fax: (202) 225 9497

LINDA SANCHEZ , http://lindasanchez.house.gov/
Cerritos , Tel: (562) 860 5050, Fax: (562) 924 2914
Washington, D.C. , Tel: (202) 225 6676, Fax: (202) 226 1012

JIM COSTA , http://www.costa.house.gov/
Fresno, Tel: (559) 495 1620, Fax: (559) 495 1027
Bakersfield, Tel: (661) 869 1620, Fax: (661) 869 1027
Washington, D.C. , Tel: (202) 225 3341, Fax: (202) 225 9308

GABRIELLE GIFFORDS, http://giffords.house.gov/
Tucson, Tel: (520) 881 3588, Fax: (520) 322 9490
Cochise, Tel: (520) 459 3115, Fax: (520) 459 5419
Washington, D.C. , Tel:(202) 225 2542, Fax: (202) 225 0378

ELTON GALLEGLY , http://www.house.gov/gallegly/
Thousand Oaks, Tel: (805) 497 2224, Fax: (805) 497 0039
Solvang, Tel: (805) 686 2525, Fax: (805) 686 2566
Washington, D.C., Tel: (202) 225 5811, Fax: (202) 225 1100

DANA ROHRABACHER , http://rohrabacher.house.gov/
Huntington Beach, Tel: (714) 960 6483, Washington, D.C., Tel: (202) 225 2415

ED ROYCE, http://www.royce.house.gov/
Orange County, Tel: (714) 992 8081, (562) 220 2411, Fax: (714) 992 1668
Washington, D.C. , Tel: (202) 225 4111, Fax: (202) 226 0335

TOM TANCREDO, http://tancredo.house.gov/
Centennial, Tel: (720) 283 9772, Fax: (720) 283 9776
Castle Rock, Tel: (303) 688 3430, Fax: (303) 688 3524
Littleton, Tel: (720) 283 7575, Fax: (720) 283 8795
Washington, D.C., Tel: (202) 225 7882, Fax: (202) 226 4623

JEFF FLAKE , http://flake.house.gov/
District Office
Mesa , Tel: (480) 833 0092, Fax: (480) 833 6314
Washington, D.C. , Tel: (202) 225 2635, Fax: (202) 226 4386



Ergun KIRLIKOVALI ergun@turkla.com

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