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The fierce urgency of now about the Armenian genocide

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Tomorrow, April 24, 2011, the U.S. President Barack Obama will have an opportunity to name the mass massacre of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey in 1915 with its legal term of genocide. The date 24 April commemorates the Armenian notables deported from the Ottoman capital in 1915, as the precursor to the ensuing genocide.  The brutal costs of the Armenian genocide—until now carried by its innocent victims—can be borne by those who continue to benefit from the fruits of this unpunished crime.

The Armenian Genocide was conceived and carried out by the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923, resulting in the deportation of nearly 2,000,000 Armenians, of whom 1,500,000 men, women, and children were killed, 500,000 survivors were expelled from their homes, and which succeeded in the elimination of the over 2,500-year presence of Armenians in their historic homeland. The present government of Turkey continues its position of censorship and mostly Western and North American democracies are targeted to its state-sponsored denial propaganda of the Armenian genocide, the second most studied genocide after the Holocaust.

Until now Armenians around the world and in Armenia have systematized the studies of the crime, have asked different political and religious leaders to speak about the massacres, and have constantly stand for truth and demanded justice always when possible. Genocide is the ultimate crime. The Armenian diaspora, the Armenians around the world, is mainly formed in the aftermath of the 1915 massacres.

Barack Obama has a long track record of commemorating the Armenian Genocide, has spoken compellingly of the moral imperative of U.S. condemnation of this crime against humanity, and has publicly pledged several times, in clear and forceful language, to fully and properly recognize the Armenian Genocide.

In the Statement of President Barack Obama on Armenian Remembrance Day on April 24, 2010 Barack Obama avoided the term genocide by calling the events Meds Yeghern which translated from Armenian means “Great Calamity” and is the way Armenians have called the 1915 massacres before Raphael Lemkin, a Polish lawyer of Jewish descent, coined the term genocide in 1943. In April 1, 2011 the Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian said that he have asked the U.S. President to explicitly describe the 1915 killings of Armenians as genocide. [source]


Written by garabedyan

April 23, 2011 at 13:08

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