6 thoughts on “Congress to Armenians: Drop Dead! – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. I don’t know what Armenian-Americans want out of this resolution, but I nonetheless find it odd that the Turks don’t say, “Yeah, that happened, but the Ottomans were not us, and we are not the Ottomans and are not responsible for what happened,” and then simply shrug off any further criticism – at least that’s what I would do if I were in the Turks’ position.

    BTW, it’s “Livingston”, not “Livingstone” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Livingston) – not that, as a Louisiana resident myself, I’m sorry he’s no longer in Congress.

  2. The resolution will probably make trouble for Armenians in Turkey. Probably it won’t help relations between the Turkish and Armenian republics. So who benefits?

    Can you imagine Congress passing a similar resolution about the genocide of the American Indians? Not in a million years.

    Meanwhile the US invasion of Iraq may well mean the end of the Assyrians. The refugees will flee West, and be forced to assimilate, give up Syriac language, etc.

    Zhu Bajie

  3. I’m all for morality in government… it’d be nice for a change.

    I’m also all for taking responsibility for the wrong we’ve done, and if the wrong was done by an ancestor who didn’t take responsibility for it, I think it behooves us to do so on his behalf. I think there’s an inherited culpability… after all, we happily inherit whatever advantage or benefit came as a consequence of what was done, don’t we?

    I think that governments should be encouraged, especially by their own people, but also by others, to acknowledge wrongs done, and make amends where possible, which would be the province of any legislature.

    I’m not so sure however about passing resolutions disapproving (or approving) of the behaviour of others, whether nations or individuals. Is this something that legislatures do? If so, should they? If inclined to address the evil of genocide wouldn’t the US Congress be better off busying itself with acknowledging and ameliorating the wrongs done in America to the Amerindians and Africans, and by encouraging the administration to do something about genocide in progress (we all know the missed opportunities in this category).

    Rather than pass hypocritical condemnation of others misbehaviour, they would provide the moral leadership of a good example which they could encourage others to emulate.

  4. Did an “advantage or benefit” really result from the mass killing of the Armenians in 1915? I don’t see any, but I’m willing to listen to an argument to the contrary if you’ve got one.

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