WASHINGTON–Members of Congress who argue against Armenian Genocide recognition citing timing and geopolitical considerations are missing the point. It is always the right time to condemn genocide – whenever and wherever it occurs. Earlier this year, the US condemned the Japanese Government’s treatment of "comfort women" during World War II, over strenuous objections from the present Japanese leadership. Today, Congress is rightfully honoring the Dalai Lama for his contribution to world peace – this in the face of strong objections from China. It is shameful and hypocritical that the Bush Administration would cede our moral authority in condemning genocide, thereby becoming an enabler in Turkey’s worldwide multi-million dollar campaign of genocide denial and minimizing our effectiveness in stopping the genocide in Darfur.
Turkey’s threats of base closures and supply route disruptions in our Iraq action are simply shameful and, once again, expose the unreliable nature of the US relationship with Turkey. It was bad enough that Turkey blocked access to US troops in 2003. Today, they have the temerity to bully our soldiers once again, reportedly establishing an alliance with Iran, in efforts which would destabilize the region. U.S. policy – on genocide or any other issue – should not remain hostage to a so-called ally, whose actions compromise American interests.