Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Talking Turkey

When Turkey entered the war in WWI, its government didn't like the Armenians. As has occurred over and over again throughout history, during the chaos of war, the government organized wholesale slaughter, and the Armenian Genocide resulted in the murder of over a million people.

Why am I talking about this? Well, believe it or not, Congress is considering chiming in with its two cents regarding what occurred ninety years ago. Now, I am not clear why Turkey has the slightest interest in what a bunch of generally overpaid and undereducated egos think about what happened. I would speculate that most in Congress don't even know where Armenians live.

Turkey does care, and the resolution is bad, plain bad. Congressional action about a newspaper ad sure moved us forward in addressing important issues. Now they're considering a vote about Turkey during WWI, officially proclaiming the slaughter as genocide. Of course it was genocide. So what? What did we do to the natives of "this country"? Thanksgiving dinner? Why aren't we voting on Stalin? Mao? The Spanish Inquisition? The massacre at Mountain Meadows? The Salem witch trials? Can Congress pass a resolution declaring OJ Simpson a jack ass?

The Bush Administration and everyone breathing who has been a Secretary of State is fighting against the infantile move far more typical of self-righteous Republicans. Here, the Democrats are being idiots, and I am quite disappointed. What does the condemnation accomplish? If you're going to throw a stone, have a good reason. We don't. Who can possibly believe the passage of the thing will impact genocide in the future? It won't. Word is that Turkish officials are planning to retaliate. They might even put an ad in the New York Times.

THURSDAY UPDATE: Turkey has recalled its ambassador to discuss the situation. Terrific. I am past disgusted. Half the house signed on as co-sponsors. With respect to Arizona, we have the following:

Signed on: Grijalva, Pastor, Mitchell, Renzi.

Shame on them. Those showing a little more intellect on the subject that did not join the condemnation crowd are Flake, Franks, Giffords, and Shadegg. We have real problems to address instead of this petty, infantile nonsense.


Anonymous The Navigator said...

If it happens, the vote is a damning indictment of the Democrats.

I fear Liza is correct.

10/10/2007 11:07 PM  
Blogger Sirocco said...

As you say, clearly the incident meets the guidelines of genocide. Given Turkey is seriously considering entering Kurdistan to root out Kurdish separatists there, this may not have been the most politic time to discuss the issue. It's waited 90 years, it could wait a couple more.

10/11/2007 6:36 AM  
Blogger Dustin said...

I was going to say pretty much the same thing as sirocco. Now is not a good time, and the congress has other things to worry about.

10/11/2007 7:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a stupid bill, and your sell out girlfriend co-sponsored it.

She's just like the president you are so eager to condemn, a failure sugar coated with buckets of cash. There's no crap that can't be polished with millions of dollars.

Your politician's politician has no spine and will just do whatever gets her re-elected.

10/11/2007 10:20 AM  
Blogger x4mr said...

I'd forgotten about you, the anon nitwit without a clue. For those who may not know, the idiot is referring to Giffords. As noted when such nonsense was posted a few months ago, I barely know the woman, who is now or soon to be very married.

You are as wrong about the co-sponsoring as everything else. Look it up, genius.

10/11/2007 11:13 AM  

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