20 August 2010
(Samuel A. Weems, St. John Pres, 2002 ISBN 0-9719212-3-7)
Armenian Diaspora in particular in USA and France, are so influential, that it is almost impossible to have any article or editorial critical of the Armenian claims of genocide published. On May 19, 1985, the New York Times and Washington Post newspapers published a full-page signed statement by sixty-nine North American scholars, researches, and experts on the Turkish-Armenians conflict and the history of the Middle East, refuting the “genocide allegation”. They told the world that the evidence available so far pointed to an inter-communal warfare between Christian and Muslim irregular forces and that politicians should not . . attempt to write history by a show of hands. They said: "Statesmen and politicians make history, and scholars write it. For this process to work scholars must be given access to the written records of the statesmen and politicians of the past... By passing the resolution Congress will be attempting to determine by legislation which side of the historical question is correct. Such a resolution, based on historically questionable assumptions, can only damage the cause of honest historical inquiry, and damage the credibility of the American legislative process."