BY HENRY D. ASTARJIAN M.D
Shame on you Hillary, shame on you! If this is too harsh or impolite, it is not unprecedented in politically correct situations. You used it to highlight a lie, or distortion of facts by the Obama camp during the recent Democratic Primaries. In doing so you set an example for us ordinary human beings who revolt against lies, distorted facts, cover-ups, or obstruction of justice. That much to justify my outburst to which my late mother would have objected, she would have told me “Shame on you for being impolite and for daring people in government”. But thank the almighty God we live in these United States, not in Turkey where, until this moment, a comment like that would have subjected one to the tenets of article 301 justifying criminal trial for insulting Turkishness.
Shame on you Hillary for reneging on your promise to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide as Genocide not some “Tragic events of WWI”.
Shame on you for exploiting the memory of one and a half million martyrs; you knew that signing the pledge to recognize the Genocide is essential in winning the Armenian vote, so you signed it.
Shame on you for cheating a million Armenian-Americans, your fellow citizens, with false promises you made during your campaign.
When you made that iron clad promise to recognize the Genocide, you knew, or you should have known, the situation in your NATO ally Turkey. You knew or you should have known from your husband’s tenure that it is a sensitive subject to deal with. You knew from your husband’s tenure how he Bill Clinton blocked a Scheduled Congressional vote, one minute before Speaker Dennis Hastert was to put the issue to vote.
If you knew then, when you made your promise, what you know now then you have credibility problem, if you did not know, then you were ignorant, you should have known as a potential world leader, and you should not have made the false promise.
I believe that you knew then, what you know now. I believe that in your heart and mind, there is no doubt that your pre-election stance is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. You know that Ottoman Turkey, the precursor of present day Turkey, systematically executed a plan designed by Germany to ethnically cleanse Turkey of all Armenians, not sparing the Assyrians and other Christian population, either.
I believe that you know, but rationalize based upon advice you have received from your State Department, that if you accept the truth, which you believe in, that would offend Turkey which would then react with unforeseeable retaliation with untold consequences. Your decision to fight vigorously to block the vote in congress is motivated by fear, not the United States interest. If you feel that by siding with Turkey in the matter of the Genocide you will win them over, then think again, you will be huddling a porcupine!
If you have not seen or read reports about it, I can send you excerpts of Prime Minister Erdogan’s speech where he proudly announces that present day Turkey is the inheritor of Ottoman Turkey (Except, of course what pertains to the Genocide). Turkey is not only a Muslim country, but a fanatic Islamist country (Middle East Quarterly-Winter 2009) which is making inroads in solidifying its position in the Islamic world.
TRT (Turkish Radio and Television) just launched a complete TV station in Arabic to spread the Caliphate Islamic doctrine.
Turkey just struck a $5 billion energy deal with Iran, and Erdogan, in a recent meeting with Angela Merkel stated Turkey’s refusal to participate in blocking Iran, should the United States, and its allies impose one.
In this week’s visit to Germany he demanded establishment of a Turkish high school in Germany. In a U-Tube video, Erdogan is seen in a religious rally in Munich accompanied by his mentor Necmettin Erbakan, and Abdulla Gul supporting the Naqshbandi Sheikh Qubrusi who after exciting the hot audience with religious fervor, and promising struggle for Islamic victories “Everywhere”, exclaimed “Who needs America”?
Kemal Ataturk’s doctrine of democratic secular Turkey is on its last breath; Kemalism is almost dead, being replaced by fanatic Islamism. Erdogan’s government has arrested retired and active duty top brass of the military for plotting to overthrow his government.
Human rights violations are well known to the world. And finally Erdogan’s anger against Israel is public now, it reflects a deeper feeling for being humiliated by Israeli boarder authorities who have made him wait for 20 minutes. Had that been in Turkey they would have been tried for insulting Tuekishness. Of course Erdogan’s opposition to Israel is also to side with the Arabs.
So what is Washington afraid of? How did Turkey retaliate against France, when France, one of 30 some countries, accepted the Genocide? Turkey withdrew its ambassador for a few weeks, then returned. Is that a dear price to pay for holding a high moral ground?
President Obama, our 4/15 is your and our 9/11, you have sent our loved ones thousands of miles away in harms way to seek justice and punish the criminals of al-Qa’ida; is our peaceful, disciplined, political request from our own government to recognize the Genocide more stringent than that? Why not let a democratic process take its course in Congress? Why block an up and down vote in Congress to resolve this matter once and for all?
Mr. President I am not Elie Wiesel, I do not have his noble mission, nor do I intend to elicit sympathy. Like him and you the intent is to implement justice. By your and Hillary’s blocking the Genocide recognition vote in Congress, does not serve justice. I reject the notion that in politics there are only interests, not justice. It is easy when both meet, but it is difficult when they are separated, but we have to do what is right.
I believed in you, Mr. President, and I still do; even during the hotly contested Primary when Dr. Rice was debating Hillary’s representative in Manchester’s Saint Anselm College, I autographed my book for you addressing you “Mr. President”. My request of you Mr. President is to be true to your intellect, true to your conscious, true to your promise, which you made during the campaign in concrete statement, and with true belief. I believe you have not changed your conviction as you have reaffirmed it unofficially several times.
You may rationalize by saying “What can I do? It is not in the United States interest to alienate Turkey, Turkey is a NATO ally, we need Turkey’s cooperation in implementing our policies in the region, we can’t offend them, the Genocide happened almost a century ago”. Mr. President that is a deviation from the moral high road you believe in. Turkey is a weak, untrustworthy ally if it does not face its criminal past.
In pursuit of your agenda Mr. President, you argued that, depriving some 46 million people of basic health care “Is not right”, letting al-Qa’ida commit its crimes and remain unpunished is not right.
Now I say Mr. President, blocking a vote in congress to recognize the Genocide is not right, please let it come to the floor!