Don’t sweep geno­cide un­der the rug

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

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

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