10 March 2010
3024) Armenian-Americans Should Not Allow Obama & Clinton to Bury Genocide Bill By Harut Sassounian & Verbatim Reply by Sukru Server Aya
Armenian-Americans Should not Allow Obama and Clinton to Bury Genocide Bill By Harut Sassounian, Publisher, The California Courier
Verbatim REPLY by Sukru Server Aya
It was bad enough that Pres. Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had failed to keep their campaign pledge to reaffirm the facts of the Armenian Genocide. They sunk to a new low last week, when Mrs. Clinton announced that she and the President opposed adoption of the Armenian Genocide resolution by the full House, following its passage by the Foreign Affairs Committee.
“New low” is the aggressiveness of the writer, who professes his Armenian identity and insults his American identity! . .
When asked by journalists why she and the President have reversed course on this issue, Mrs. Clinton unabashedly replied: “Well, I think circumstances have changed in a very significant way…. We do not believe that any action by the Congress is appropriate and we oppose it.” She added that the administration does not believe the full House “will or should” vote on the resolution. How can the facts of a genocide that took place 95 years ago change overnight? In reality, nothing has changed except Secretary Clinton’s moral compass, assuming she had one to begin with!
Bravo Harut! This kind of language intended to insult Secretary Clinton, actually shows that you have NO MORAL at all!
It is shameful that the Obama administration is caving in to threats from a third world country that needs the U.S. more than the U.S. needs it. As Aram Hamparian, the Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee of America said last week: “Turkey does not get a vote or a veto in the US Congress!” Neither does the U.S. President nor the Secretary of State, on a non-binding congressional resolution.
How come, the whistle blower of a diaspora that is not even half percent of the USA or a certain “Executive Director” has more authority to decide on the preferences and criteria of the Obama administration? Do abusive slanders earn credit?
A White House spokesman announced last week that the presidents of Turkey and United States had spoken by phone on the eve of the Committee vote. Soon after, Mrs. Clinton warned Committee Chairman Howard Berman that “further congressional action could impede progress on normalization of relations” between Turkey and Armenia. Strangely, Mrs. Clinton seems to have appointed herself as supreme arbiter of what’s in Armenia’s best interest, while Armenian-Americans and Armenia’s leaders have repeatedly declared that they support the adoption of the genocide resolution. Indeed, Mrs. Clinton has put herself in the ridiculous position of knowing better than Armenians what’s good for them!
Ridiculous is the rebellious ANCA/Tashnak behaviors to foment trouble and continuity of a fabricated genocide, which enables sizeable collections and brainwashing the Armenian society with a myth and fables of a jackpot compensation!
After claiming for months that the Armenia-Turkey Protocols have no preconditions and not linked to any other issue, Mrs. Clinton now asserts that the Protocols pave the way for a commission that is supposed to study the facts of the Armenian Genocide. “I do not think it is for any other country to determine how two countries resolve matters between them,” she stated. This confirms the worst fears of Armenian opponents of the Protocols.
Clearly, the Secretary believes that ratification of the Protocols would prevent consideration of the Armenian Genocide issue by third parties. This is precisely what the Turkish side had been stating, to the dismay of most Armenians. Interestingly, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu made a similar announcement last week, expressing his surprise that the Armenian Genocide resolution is once again on the agenda of the U.S. Congress. All along, the intent of Turkish leaders has been to stop third parties from raising the Armenian Genocide issue, as they drag out the Armenia-Turkey reconciliation process.
Mr. Davutoglu made the error of not minding the strength of the diaspora and its leaders. He should have made a more realistic evaluation on the weight of diaspora for Armenians in the whole world and of course Armenia. The protocol was a two wheel cycle, it should have had a third wheel (diaspora) and the fourth one (Azerbaijan) for drivability and stability. The Turkish government failed to guess the implications when bypassing diaspora or the third or even fourth parties. The Genocide issue is a tale well marketed, functional and profitable to all parties involved, including US representatives.
It was no accident that almost all Congressmen, who spoke against the genocide resolution in the Foreign Affairs Committee, used the lame excuse that their opposition to this bill was prompted by a desire not to undermine the Protocols which ostensibly would bring Armenian-Turkish reconciliation. Despite their sugar-coated rhetoric, those who opposed the resolution and supported the Protocols were in fact acting against Armenia’s best interests on both counts. The Protocols are now dead and buried anyway, thanks to Turkey’s refusal to ratify them, unless Armenia accepted extraneous preconditions.
Sooner or later, the US Representatives will find out that the Resolutions they are about to pass blindfolded by the Armenian diaspora and very capable managers, in reality will substitute and void the Resolutions of 1919-1920-1922 which has documented the exact contrary. The U.S. representatives act like the sailors of Homer, attracted by the syrene of Armenian diaspora nymphs.
They will find it out hopefully before or who knows after rocking the U.S. legislature boat!
While Armenian-American voters cannot settle their score with Pres. Obama this year, since he is not on the ballot in November, 18 of 22 opponents of the resolution are! Armenian-Americans should do everything in their power to prevent the re-election of all those who voted against the genocide resolution on March 4: Russ Carnahan (D-MO), Gerald Connolly (D-VA), Michael McMahon (D-NY), Mike Ross (D-AR), Brad Miller (D-NC), David Scott (D-GA), Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Ron Paul (R-TX), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Mike Pence (R-IN), Joe Wilson (R-SC), Connie Mack (R-FL), Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), Michael McCaul (R-TX), Ted Poe (R-TX), Bob Inglis (R-SC), and Dan Burton (R-IN). Bill Delahunt (D-MA) and John Tanner (D-TN) are retiring from Congress. Gresham Barrett (R-SC) is running for Governor, while John Boozman (R-AR) is a candidate for the U.S. Senate. The latter two should be opposed in their new campaigns.
Compliments for a well trained managed political team, much better and well orchestrated than a professional rugby team!
In addition, Armenian-Americans should campaign against the re-election of Steve Cohen (D-TN), Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and Kay Granger (R-TX), for sending a joint letter to Foreign Affairs Committee members urging them to vote against the genocide resolution. All three are members of the congressional Turkish Caucus.
The next culprits are CEO’s of five major American aerospace and defense companies: Lockheed Martin Corp., Boeing Co., Raytheon Co., United Technologies Corp., and Northrop Grumman Corp. They sent a joint letter to the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee urging him to reject the Armenian Genocide resolution, in order not to jeopardize their sales to Turkey. These CEO’s have committed not only an immoral act by placing a higher premium on profits — blood money — over human rights, but also ignored the fact that Turkey cannot forego its purchases from their firms, because by doing so it would only weaken itself. Armenian-Americans should counter these firms by staging demonstrations in front of their headquarters and factories. Those employed by these firms should communicate their anger to the CEO’s of these firms. Stockholders should go to the next annual meeting of these companies to make their concerns known and seek removal of the CEO’s. Similar protest actions should be taken against the Aerospace Industries Association, which represents more than 270 member companies. The AIA sent a separate letter to Congress against the Armenian Genocide resolution.
The writer goes far beyond his shallow level of commercial expertise and strategically decides for the overall foreign policy of USA and her allies or the US manufacturers and fives “sermons of immorality” whilst sacrificing the interest of the world number one country and her three hundred millions Americans! And why? Just for the benefit of a handful of money beggars – hate traders carrying this idiotic feud to the destruction of the destitute in Armenia or the peace abiding decent citizens in Turkey and some 70.000 Armenians earning their living in Turkey to send to their families in Armenia. Yes, nothing will stop the lust for “more money and power of domination”!
The Congressmen and companies who opposed the resolution on March 4 should pay a heavy price for their immoral act. Ignoring their negative votes and letters would encourage them to oppose the resolution again, when it reaches the House floor.
If Armenian-Americans could cause the defeat of just one of these scoundrels in November, the rest of them will get the message that voting against genocide recognition can cost them their political careers. They will then think twice before casting such a vote.
Oh my God! Look who is speaking of heavy price – immoral act! And learn morals and ethics by openly blackmailing candidates with ballots! I cannot find a word for such cheapness of moralty!
As far as Pres. Obama and Secretary Clinton are concerned, Armenian-Americans should not allow them to dictate to the U.S. Congress. Given the fact that most Americans are disillusioned with the failed policies and unfulfilled promises of the Obama administration, all elected officials nationwide are seriously worried about their re-election. This is the perfect time to demand action from politicians and punish those who do not cooperate. Armenian-Americans should contact their representatives in every congressional district throughout the country, even in remote areas, and tell them that unless they support the genocide resolution, they will not get their vote in November. Politicians would rather listen to the voices of their constituents than to Pres. Obama who is the main cause for their seats being in jeopardy. Therefore, the fate of the resolution is ultimately in the hands of Armenian-Americans. If they work hard and get enough congressional supporters, Speaker Pelosi would have no choice but to bring the resolution to the House floor, regardless of what the administration tells her to do. Otherwise, voters who are angry on many other issues could toss out of office the incumbents, jeopardizing her own speakership!
The author goes further up in his boasting, blackmailing the President and State Secretary. Speaker Pelosi, if she has time (from Sunkist tuna) should bring now the resolution to the House floor, instead of waiting for the split moment when they have the majority of the minority in the house! May be she can stage another example of Berman’s scandalous leverage!
Armenian-Americans should not forget to express their profound gratitude to Chairman Howard Berman (D-CA) and 22 other Congressmen who voted for the resolution on March 4. They are: Gary Ackerman (D-NY), Eni Faleomavaega (D-American Samoa), Donald Payne (D-NJ), Brad Sherman (D-CA), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Diane Watson (D-CA), Albio Sires (D-NJ), Gene Green (D-TX), Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Shelley Berkley (D-NV), Joseph Crowley (D-NY), Jim Costa (D-CA), Keith Ellison (D-MN), Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), Christopher Smith (R-NJ), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Donald Manzullo (R-IL), and Edward Royce (R-CA), Elton Gallegly (R-CA), and Ron Klein (D-FL). The Armenian community should enthusiastically support their re-election.
Finally, some Turkish circles are consoling themselves simply because the resolution was adopted by a difference of one vote. Since House Committee members who opposed the resolution for unrelated reasons explicitly stated that they did not dispute the facts of the Armenian Genocide, the vote could have been 45 to 0, not 23-22, in terms of genocide acknowledgment — a great victory for the truth and a major defeat for Turkish denialists and their backers. No one should be surprised therefore, if in the coming days Turkish leaders cancel the multi-million dollar contracts of their failed lobbying firms!
Turkish sources regrettably have not done enough reading of the concrete documents laid in their front. They acted as goaded by the lobbyists. Denial and TRUTH! These words do not fit cowards who run away from any civilized, scholarly, or even friendly debate. Mr. Sassounian continuously beats the tam-tam drums, not for peace but more mourners money! I do not support the acts of the Turkish leaders, and I know that (except for those ailed with hatred virus) Turks and Armenians will become good neighbors again as they were In the past, until such time that outside intruders promising victory and wealth brought nothing but calamities to the innocent obedient, and now they are staging this old play of everlasting hatred! The author as always, rather then commenting politely, may call me many things but cannot prove anything against!