Let's be honest, Mr. President.


Even in my heart of hearts I suppose I knew it was naive to think that President Barack Obama would keep his campaign promise and actually recognize the Armenian Genocide at some point during his presidency.

I certainly didn't expect it to happen in his early years in office. But we're in year 7 of his administration now, and it's the 100th anniversary of this terrible event in human history. Countries and governments around the world are standing together with Armenia and with the Armenian Diaspora to commemorate the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide.

So, yeah, I thought maybe given all that, this would the year. This would be the moment that the United States, would stand with the international community and recognize that what happened on April 24, 1915 was the start of a systematic campaign to exterminate a nation.

I thought that maybe this year, we wouldn't hear bullshit lines about "leaving history to the historians" and "leaving it up to Armenia and Turkey to resolve their complicated past."

We have left history to the historians, and they in return have spoken, overwhelmingly confirming that what the Ottoman Turks did to the Armenians was genocide. The only historians who disagree are ones who have been paid off by Turkey.

No one's asking you to settle a disagreement. I'm not expecting the United States to broker peace or arbitrate reparations. I'm simply asking the United States, led by its President, to stand with history, to stand with humanity, to stand with integrity, and refer to the Armenian Genocide as a genocide.

It's a simple word. It holds so much power. And yet, instead of wielding that power for good, the United States lets Turkey have power over our country, and over what words our President will or won't say.

Maybe one day documents will be declassified, and we'll understand the full extent of why Turkey has the United States by the balls on this issue. No doubt it has to do with the base in Incirlik, and with the fact that the US wants to have a military base in a friendly country in that region. But is the President's uttering of the word "genocide" really going to jeopardize all that? Could it be that The United States needs Turkey more than Turkey needs us?

That's a sad state of affairs, but I don't see what other reason there could be. We are so afraid of Turkey that we allow them to censor us. We allow Turkey to tell our Pentagon, our State Department, and our President what words they can or cannot use.

Makes one wonder, if we are allowing our country to be held hostage over a simple historical fact, what other concessions are we making to Turkey and to other world powers?

So, my new naive wish for April 24, 2015 is no longer for the President to use the word "genocide" in his annual address to commemorate the 1.5 million Armenians who died at the hands of the Ottoman Turks in 1915-1923. No, instead, I want the President to say "The United States is afraid to offend Turkey." At least that will be an honest sentiment.



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