Don’t sweep genocide under the rug
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed each edition of the Times since the commencement of my subscription, right up until I read the editorial “Turkey in the cross-hairs” in the Oct. 22 edition. Specifically, the line reading, “Responsible adults on Capitol Hill need to bury the Armenian genocide resolution to prevent it doing more damage with Turkey, a critical ally,. . .”
This is erroneous in that even during the Cold War Turkey merely seemed an important ally. The fact is, they were staunchly against the USSR simply because Turkey and Russia have been enemies for centuries. Further, when our invasion of Iraq commenced and we desired part of it to come from Turkey, we were denied; yet our operation was a complete success anyway. It’s time we wake up to the fact that we don’t need Turkey.
What the Turks did to Christian Armenia was terrible in the extreme and it’s about time for the U.S government to recognize that event for which the word genocide was created. Other Western nations and indeed some of our own states have done so.
I’ve supported the president on most issues and heartily on the Battle of Iraq in the war the terrorists have thrust upon us. But in this instance he’s wrong. Larry Malcom Dalzell South Carolina