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.

 

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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


TAKE ACTION: Armenian Genocide Resolution H.R. 252 vote possible in days

December 15, 2010

TAKE ACTION:

There are news reports that the United States Congress may vote on the Armenian Genocide Resolution (H.R. 252) before the end of 2010.

Call and email your representatives in Congress and the Senate today:

http://www.congress.org/congressorg/directory/congdir.tt

(Tell them your family’s history and what you know about the Armenian Genocide.)

Here are some blog posts about House Resolution 252 (including my thank you letter to the House Foreign Affairs Committee). Also search “Obama” in the Search box (right margin) to find my letter to President Obama.

Related News from Asbarez.com (December 14, 2010):

Yerevan Hosts International Conference on Genocide Prevention, Condemnation and Elimination


The White House and State Department have once again shown their fear of Turkey

March 4, 2010

Please thank your US representatives for standing up for the truth. While we are grateful for this good news, when you read the articles (in the previous post), you can see the chances of this resolution going before Congress are slim and passage is even less likely.

Make no mistake, the reluctance of governments, including the United States, Britain and Israel, to use the term ‘genocide’ has everything to do  with politics rather than the facts. Each of these countries’ archives contain some of the most damning evidence of the crimes committed by the Ottoman Turks against the Armenians and humanity.

The White House and State Department have once again shown their fear of Turkey, even though the list of countries officially recognizing the Armenian Genocide include:

  1. Argentina
  2. Armenia
  3. Belgium
  4. Canada
  5. Chile
  6. Cyprus
  7. France
  8. Germany
  9. Greece
  10. Italy
  11. Lithuania
  12. Lebanon
  13. Netherlands
  14. Poland
  15. Russia
  16. Slovakia
  17. Sweden
  18. Switzerland
  19. Uruguay
  20. Vatican City
  21. Venezuela

These international organizations officially recognizing the Armenian Genocide include:

  • European Parliament
  • Council of Europe
  • World Council of Churches
  • Human Rights Association (Turkey)
  • European Alliance of YMCAs
  • Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal
  • Mercosur
  • International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS)
  • International Center for Transitional Justice
  • Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity

Please keep the pressure on and pass the word.

Do this in memory of your parents and grandparents and every Armenian who suffered because there was an Armenian Genocide. And, do this so the world will stop playing politics and will join together to stop Darfur and prevent future genocides.


US Congressional panel describes killing of Armenians by Turkish forces during World War I as genocide, despite White House objections

March 4, 2010

Read the news stories from around the world

(Please email this blog: https://armeniangenocideblog.wordpress.com to your network.)

Al Jazeera:  US panel: Armenia killings genocide

ABC News (Blog): White House Rebuffed In Effort to Kill Vote on House Bill Recognizing Armenian Genocide By Turks

TimesOnline:  Pragmatism, politics and the festering wound of Armenian ‘genocide’

BBC News:  US Congress panel accuses Turkey of Armenian ‘genocide’

CNN:  House panel recommends calling 1915 Armenian killings ‘genocide’

Miami Herald:  House panel approves Armenian genocide resolution

The Washington Post:  Armenia-Turkey dispute over genocide label sets off lobbying frenzy

The Washington Post:  House panel risks Turkey’s ire in approving Armenian ‘genocide’ resolution

Reuters:  U.S. Armenia genocide vote looms, angering Turkey

Fox News:  Obama Administration Urges Congress to Wait on Armenian Genocide Resolution

The New York Times:  House Panel in U.S. Approves Armenian Genocide Bill

The New York Times:  House Panel Says Deaths of Armenians Were Genocide

LA Times:  House panel approves resolution recognizing Armenian genocide

Wall Street Journal:  House Panel Approves Armenian Genocide Resolution

Asbarez.com:  Profiting From Genocide Denial: Defense Industry CEO’s Urge Congress To Oppose Armenian Genocide Legislation

Please thank your US representatives for standing up for the truth. While we are grateful for this good news, when you read the articles (above), you can see the chances of this resolution going before Congress are slim and passage is even less likely. The White House and State Department have once again shown their fear of Turkey, even though the list of countries officially recognizing the Armenian Genocide include:

  1. Argentina
  2. Armenia
  3. Belgium
  4. Canada
  5. Chile
  6. Cyprus
  7. France
  8. Germany
  9. Greece
  10. Italy
  11. Lithuania
  12. Lebanon
  13. Netherlands
  14. Poland
  15. Russia
  16. Slovakia
  17. Sweden
  18. Switzerland
  19. Uruguay
  20. Vatican City
  21. Venezuela

These international organizations officially recognizing the Armenian Genocide include:

  • European Parliament
  • Council of Europe
  • World Council of Churches
  • Human Rights Association (Turkey)
  • European Alliance of YMCAs
  • Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal
  • Mercosur
  • International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS)
  • International Center for Transitional Justice
  • Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity

Make no mistake, the reluctance of governments, including the United States, Britain and Israel, to use the term ‘genocide’ has everything to do  with politics rather than the facts. Each of these countries’ archives contain some of the most damning evidence of the crimes committed by the Ottoman Turks against the Armenians and humanity.

Please keep the pressure on and pass the word.

Do this in memory of your parents and grandparents and every Armenian who suffered because there was an Armenian Genocide. And, do this so the world will stop playing politics and will join together to stop Darfur and prevent future genocides.


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