# Final Skelton-Ortiz Letter re: Armenia Resolution
October 18, 2007
They’ve taken their best shot. And we’re still standing strong.
Over the past 48 hours, Turkey’s lobbyists hit us with a round of manufactured media hype against the Armenian Genocide Resolution (H.Res.106).
With millions of foreign dollars funneled into the American political system, they paid for a desperate wave of “shock and awe” – intended to intimidate our supporters and deter us – as if they ever could – from our noble cause of putting America back on the right side of this issue.
But they won’t win. And we won’t back down.
We have the truth on our side, and your personal devotion to a just cause.
And Turkey’s threats are beginning to backfire.
Take a look at just a few examples:
Congressman Sires criticized them for putting “a Turkish sword” over his head.
Congressman Crowley said “shame” on Turkey for threatening to destabilize our forces in Iraq.
Congressman Rohrabacher doubted Turkey’s standing as an ally in light of its threats to “cut off” American military troops.
Congressman Lantos criticized Turkey for trying to “intimidate” the U.S. from recognizing this human rights issue.
And just today, Senator Menendez, sharply attacked “the Turkish government's attempts to intervene in the business of the U.S. Congress with over-the-top threats.”
Americans know better.
We know that we advance our nation’s interests when we stand up for our values.
We know that a foreign nation should never be allowed to exercise a veto over where America stands on human rights issues.
We know, as Americans, that we should never – and must never – outsource our foreign policy, our basic morality, to another country. Turkey, a nation that sets records for jailing and killing journalists, simply cannot be allowed to export its hateful Article 301 “gag-rule” to the United States Congress.
Stand up for the truth – right now:
CLICK HERE for a phone script to call your Member of Congress.
CLICK HERE to send a free ANCA WebFax to your Member of Congress
Join us in Washington, DC - October 23rd and 24th!
CLICK HERE to send us an email with your name, address, phone number to participate in the H.Res.106 DC Advocacy Days as part of a community-wide effort, including the ANCA, the Armenian Assembly, and other community groups. Due to the short lead time, flight and hotel arrangements are the responsibility of the participating individuals.
CLICK HERE to make a secure online donation to help pass the Armenian Genocide Resolution.
Watch ANCA Special Report: Call for Justice
this Sunday, October 21st from 5:00pm to 8:00pm PDT on Horizon Television or www.horizonarmeniantv.com
Check out some of the most recent articles and video.
The U.S. & Turkey: Honesty is the Best Policy
Samantha Power, Time Magazine, 10/18/2007
Armenians Working to Shore Up Support on Genocide Resolution - Kevin Bogardus and Jackie Kucinich, The Hill, 10/18/2007
An Ex-Leader in Congress is Now Turkey's Man in the Lobbies of Capitol Hill - Marilyn W. Thompson, The New York Times, 10/17/2007
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on H.Res.106
Please do everything you can to help put America on the right side of this issue – and urge your friends, relatives, and work colleagues to get involved as well by forwarding this note to the emails in your address book.
Thank you - from the bottom of my heart - for standing strong.
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