Berkeley CSUA MOTD:Entry 48326
Berkeley CSUA MOTD
2018/10/17 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular

2007/10/15-18 [Politics/Domestic/President/Clinton] UID:48326 Activity:low
10/15   The House pushing a resolution about the Armenian Genocide,
        The president asks the Speaker of the House to pull the legislation
        from the floor.
        Year: 2000
        Speaker: Hastert
        President: Clinton
        (Washington Post)
        \_ In 2000 we didn't need Turkey to short path supplies to our
           soldiers.  Was that your point?
           \_ Setting up for the old Dolchstosslegende so soon? I guess
              you guys have finally seen that your crazy crusade is going
              to fail.
               \_ The washington post, right wing super conservative news
                  organ, disagrees with you.  If you think pissing off your
                  closest allies during war is good diplomacy....
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Three former defense secretaries, in their own letter, said Turkey probably would cut off US access to a critical air base. The government of Turkey is spending more than $300,000 a month on communications specialists and high-powered lobbyists, including former congressman Bob Livingston, to defeat the initiative. CLOSE Comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. You are fully responsible for the content that you post. Pelosi, whose congressional district has a large Armenian population, has brushed aside such concerns and said she supports bringing the resolution, for the first time, to a full vote in the House, where more than half of the members have signed on as co-sponsors. The House Foreign Affairs Committee, which has passed such a resolution before, is set to vote on it today. House Resolution 106, officially the Affirmation of the United States Record on the Armenian Genocide, has been pushed doggedly by a congressman whose Southern California district contains the largest concentration of Armenian Americans in the country. James Rogan after Hastert killed the floor vote, said the deaths so long ago still resonate with Armenians. "It is an insight you get when you have lots of Armenian constituents," he said, saying it reminded him of conversations he had while growing up Jewish. "But imagine losing the entire family and having the successor state say it never happened." Few people deny that massacres killed hundreds of thousands of Armenian men, women and children during and immediately after World War I But Turkish officials and some historians say that the deaths resulted from forced relocations and widespread fighting when the 600-year-old Ottoman Empire collapsed, not from a campaign of genocide -- and that hundreds of thousands of Turks also died in the same region during that time. "This is the greatest accusation of all against humanity," said Turkish Ambassador Nabi Sensoy, referring to genocide. "You cannot expect any nation to accept that kind of labeling." He said the reaction in the Turkish parliament would be one of fury, noting that the Turkish military cut contacts with the French military and terminated defense contracts under negotiation after the French National Assembly voted in 2006 to criminalize the denial of Armenian genocide. The Armenian National Committee, one of the many Armenian organizations that have sought passage of the measure for years, has given her an "A" grade for her stance on Armenian issues. Now as speaker, Pelosi will face a choice between her role as a national leader and her previous campaign pledges as a member of Congress. Turkey plans to hold a "neighbors" conference on Iraq pushed by the United States later this month, but a recent poll by the nonpartisan group Terror Free Tomorrow found that 83 percent of Turks would oppose assisting the United States on Iraq if the Armenia resolution passed. It is a problem that has caused other politicians to flinch. George W Bush pledged to ensure that "our nation properly recognizes" what he called "a genocidal campaign that defies comprehension." But, angering Armenian groups, Bush refused to use the term in the annual presidential statement on the subject made on April 24, generally considered the beginning of the killings in 1915. George HW Bush and Clinton also refused to refer to genocide in their annual statements, for fear of offending Turkey. Among other things, the resolution calls on the president to use his annual message to "accurately characterize the systematic and deliberate annihilation of 1,500,000 Armenians as genocide." Capitol Hill yesterday, warning that passage would put military cooperation with Turkey at risk. The organization has signed up 53 non-Armenian ethnic groups, including a number of Jewish groups, to support the resolution.