Thursday, October 11, 2007

Who remembers? We do!

"Who after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?"

This statement was made by Adolf Hitler murderer of 6 million Jews.

The vote by the House committee on Wednesday, condemning the mass killings of Armenians in Turkey as an act of genocide made the cover of The New York Times today.

"Mr. Bush appeared on the South Lawn of the White House before the vote and implored the House not to take up the issue, only to have the majority of the committee disregard his warning at the end of the day, by a vote of 27 to 21"


"Despite President George Bush twisting arms and making deals, justice prevailed," said Representative Brad Sherman, Democrat of California and a sponsor of the resolution.

Read the full article here.

From the resolution itself:

(21) President Ronald Reagan in proclamation number 4838, dated April 22, 1981, stated in part 'like the genocide of the Armenians before it, and the genocide of the Cambodians, which followed it--and like too many other persecutions of too many other people--the lessons of the Holocaust must never be forgotten'.

Reagan was the first president to ever mention the mass killings of the Armenians as genocide. No president after him ever used the term. Since then, there have been more genocides, most recently what has been going on in Darfur.

And just recently I had seen the movie "Screamers" on cable:

Directed by the award-winning, humanitarian activist Carla Garapedian, "Screamers" is an internationally produced documentary that covers the history of modern-day genocide and genocide denial, beginning with the Armenian Genocide in 1915, and how the world's inaction lead to other massacres.

The movie is supported by the metal band
System of a Down so for all you metal-heads out there, you won't be disappointed with the music. I'm glad they decided to do this since SOD has a pretty big fan base.


xolondon said...

I heard about this on NPR today and meant to email you. Turkey is fucked up and are threatening all sorts of crazy shit about this. Very much like the Japanese refusing to acknowledge the rape of Nanjing.

Chuang Shyue Chou said...

I read a few Turkish rationalisation of the whole thing on the BBC website. It's very sickening.

And now, they want to go kill Kurds in Turkey!