The Armenian Genocide Resolution is not dead, this is only a time-out

December 23, 2010

Although I’m not much of a sports fan, I empathize with the football today. (Please forgive my simple analogy, but it comforts me and my hope is that it may serve you similarly.)

Once again, yesterday, the Armenian Genocide Resolution (HR 252) almost made it over the finish line in one of the world’s most important political arenas, the United States House of Representatives. But, in the final moments of the 111th Congress, the resolution was not brought to the floor for a vote, leaving many Armenians angry and discouraged.

If you know anything about football, you know the objective of the game is to keep the ball on the field and you must keep moving it forward until your team gets the football over the goal line (before the time runs out). There are many factors that can make this seemingly straight-forward game hard to win. Here are a few:

  1. As any parent of a little league soccer player knows, if the players on the opposing team are bigger than your players (and if they have more money to outfit and train their players), your team is probably going to get crushed.
  2. Even among the most honorable opponents, fair and objective referees and linesmen are needed. If the other team unfairly influences the officials, then no matter how talented your team is, they will not win.
  3. Your team members must develop the ability to come together and work as a team. When the stakes are high, no team can afford bickering, catering to egos, or fighting over differing agendas.

When we look back at great moments in sports history, we are reminded of countless examples of the underdog prevailing. Such champions have an unwavering faith, perseverance, skill, and an understanding that defeating a stronger opponent takes patience and the ability to wear them down. It also helps to win the hearts and minds of onlookers.

Dear Armenian peoples of the world, we are smaller than our opponent. But, we know our cause is just and important, not only for ourselves, but for everyone concerned about basic human rights.

There are many signs that we are close to defeating our opponent as long as we keep persevering. We are succeeding at exposing the dishonest officials and disqualifying them from influencing the outcome of our objective to win pass of the Armenian Genocide Resolution in the US House of Representatives. We have also gained yardage in our struggles to move our resolution forward toward its passage. Now, we must stop allowing in-fighting among our own team members.

This ‘game’ is not over, their is no time clock for exposing the truth, it is only the time for this session of Congress that has run out. But, during 2010, we became wiser and stronger. We succeeded in winning more friends the world over—people who now share our commitment to gaining the US Government’s official recognition of what it already knows, Turkey committed a genocide. (Most governments, including Turkey’s know this truth as well, but they remain attached to unethical reasons for keeping silent.) I’m hearing more and more people tell me that by denying the Armenian Genocide, the government of Turkey has done more to promote awareness of the Armenian Genocide than we could possibly do ourselves.

Let’s rest, celebrate the coming of a New Year, and share the joy of Christmas with our loved ones. When the clock starts up again, we will join together again and focus on winning the US’s formal recognition of the Armenian Genocide. And, when we win, envision how we will dedicate this victory to the last living Armenian Genocide survivors among us, and the memory of our dear family members who died or were separated from us almost a century ago.

 


US House of Representatives did not vote on Armenian Genocide Resolution – HR 252 during final session of 2010

December 22, 2010

House Resolution 252 (H. Res. 252) – The Armenian Genocide Resolution – did not come up for a vote on the last day of this 2010 Congressional session. There were reports that an unprecedented number of calls and emails were sent to members of the United States House of Representatives in support of the resolution.


Congress is reconvening Wed – Vote for HR 252, Armenian Genocide Resolution, possible

December 21, 2010

If you do not follow the politics concerning the United States Government’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide, you may not realize the news reported by Asbarez is a significant development (see link below). Despite threats from Turkey, President Obama is not actively pressuring Congress to dismiss the resolution. Past administrations have buckled to Turkey’s demands for political purposes, for decades. However, when President Obama was a senator, he made his views clear that he knows a genocide was committed by the Turkish Government at the beginning of the 20th century.

When you begin to learn about the history surrounding the Armenian Genocide, the eyewitness accounts and records locked in the government archives of the United States, France, and Germany, offer overwhelming evidence that genocide was committed by Turkey. Non-Armenian government diplomats, missionaries, doctors, and nurses, are among the individuals who recorded what they witnessed in letters, cables (telegraphs), photographs, and memoirs. The New York Times, National Geographic and other periodicals of the time also documented what journalists saw happening in Turkey.

Armenians all over the world can tell you some of what their grandparents and great grandparents told them. But, like my grandfather, most of what happened to the survivors remained burned into their memories and souls without ever being fully shared with anyone. Tonight, Armenians across America have hope that tomorrow the few remaining Armenian Genocide survivors may live to know that our government finally publicly will recognize the Armenian Genocide. Please read some of the other pages on this blog to learn more.

White House Indifferent on Genocide Resolution
Asbarez.com | December 21, 2010

The following outstanding documentary and books are highly recommended:

  • ‘Aghet: Armenian Genocide‘ an award-winning documentary by Germany’s ARD Television and Eric Friedler
  • ‘A Shameful Act’, one of the definitive books about the Armenian Genocide written by Turkish scholar Taner Akcam
  • ‘Armenian Golgotha’ by Grigoris Balakian, an Armenian priest’s devastating eyewitness account of the Armenian Genocide
  • Ambassador Morgenthau’s Story‘ by Henry I. Morgenthau, the American Ambassador at Constantinople from 1913-1916
  • If you haven’t called your Congressional representative and the House Majority Leader, it will take you less than one minute to make these calls. All you need to know is your zip code: MAKE THE CALL TO VOTE YES FOR HOUSE RESOLUTION 252

    Read the full text of House Resolution 252


    Full Text House Resolution 252 – Armenian Genocide Resolution

    December 21, 2010

    Read the full text for the Armenian Genocide Resolution — House Resolution 252:

    House Resolution 252


    Support the ARMENIAN GENOCIDE RESOLUTION Vote in Congress in 30 seconds

    December 21, 2010

    Please take 30 seconds to send your message to the U.S. Congress to Vote for the Armenian Genocide Resolution

    Today the U.S. Congress may finally have the opportunity to vote for the Armenian Genocide Resolution. However, Turkey is working with the highest levels of our administration, President Obama and Secretary State Hillary Clinton (and the State Department) to prevent this vote from coming to the floor. Turkey has succeeded at convincing the US’s democratic leadership to be complicit denying the Armenian Genocide for 95 years. Despite our leaders’ private convictions, the United States of America does not yet officially recognize the Armenian Genocide. The reality is no different today. Reports through last night continue to bring news that President Obama and Secretary Clinton do not want the Congress to vote for House Resolution 252 (H.Res. 252) to appease Turkey. Outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi intends to bring the vote to the floor of the House today.

    It takes 30 seconds to send your message to Congress now

    There are only a few living Armenian Genocide survivors in the United States. Let’s all do what we can to tell our representatives that the time to stop denying the Armenian Genocide has come, let’s make this happen in their lifetime.


    Turkey working to prevent Armenian Genocide Resolution vote by Congress in 24 hours

    December 20, 2010

    TAKE ACTION NOW: http://www.anca.org/endthegagrule/

    Search Google News for ‘Armenian Genocide Resolution’ and read the media reports concerning Turkey’s efforts to stop the Armenian Genocide Resolution vote from going before Congress in the next 24 hours. And, please pass this message on to your family and friends. Thank you.

    Letter Sent to My Congressional Representative:

    Dear Representative Lowey,

    I am one of your constituents living in Westchester County. If H.R. 252 comes before the U.S. House of Representatives, please consider my plea for you to vote to recognize the Armenian Genocide. I am the direct descendant of Armenians who faced brutality and the loss of most of their family (most of my grandfather’s family and many of my grandmother’s family) during this event.

    My grandfather wrote a letter before he died, which I have in my possession, describing what he witnessed and experienced. His account matches everything that I have been able to verify in scholarly texts and memoirs written by survivors.

    My grandfather came to the United States as a 15-year-old boy, through Ellis Island, and eventually rose to prominence as a dentist practicing in New York City. He loved this country and owed his life to America. He was a Mason and one of the founders of my family’s parish in Bayside, Queens — The Armenian Church of the Holy Martyrs. He contributed a great deal to the Armenian and New York communities through his time, charity and profession.

    Unfortunately, during his lifetime politics enabled Turkey to evade its responsibility to acknowledge its past. It remains inexcusable that the world’s leading democracy, the US failed to officially recognize the Armenian Genocide for what it was then and now. The Holocaust, Darfur, and Rwanda are all crimes against humanity, which is the phrase coined to describe the Armenian Genocide.

    Now, only a few Armenian Genocide survivors are still alive in their adopted homeland, the USA. They should not die until they know their leaders simply acknowledged the atrocities committed by Turkey in 1915. We must not allow another government to dictate foreign policy to us to the extent Turkey has for so long.

    If you wish to know more about this subject, I have collected a great deal of information and would be proud to share what I’ve learned.

    Thank you for your time and consideration. (I hope you will receive this email before tomorrow’s vote.)

    Sincerely,

    Sheri Jordan


    End Turkey’s Gag Rule: Call or Email Congress for Armenian Genocide Resolution Vote

    December 19, 2010

    Call or Email your US Congress representative for Armenian Genocide Resolution vote Tuesday, December 21st

    Find your representative in Congress from the Armenian National Committee of America’s website:

    http://www.anca.org/endthegagrule/

    Read more about this historic vote which may be scheduled for Tuesday (search 252 on this website):

    Genocide resolution nears vote on December 21
    Armenian Reporter | December 18, 2010

    Please don’t think to yourself that your parents or friends will contact your representatives, so you don’t need to do it to. EVERY VOTE COUNTS. Your call could make the difference to your representative in Congress, and their vote could be the deciding vote. Our leaders need to know that we care and that it’s not okay to buckle to the Turkish lobby. All that we have, we owe to our grandparents and great-grandparents. Tell your member of Congress what happened to your family members in the Armenian Genocide. They need to hear it from you.

    Read my letter to President Obama telling him about my grandfather, Dr. John Karnig

    The world is owed affirmation of the truth that what happened in Turkey in 1915 was Genocide. Until our leaders have the courage to acknowledge this truth we are doomed to repeat history, including genocides. The Holocaust, Darfur, and Rwanda all happened after the Armenian Genocide because the perpetrators saw that Turkey’s misdeeds were never punished and censured.

    Please send this link to everyone you know and ask them to email Congress today:

    http://www.anca.org/endthegagrule/

    © Sheri Jordan and Aunt Sheri Says, 2009-2010.


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