Centennial of genocide sharpens grief for local Armenians; BHO sells out

by 1389 on April 23, 2015

in 1389 (blog admin), Barack Hussein Obama, history of jihad, pogroms, Turkey, World War I

Boston Globe has the story:

Tamar Hajian was raised on her grandparents’ memories of the mass killings of Armenians during World War I, the executions and death marches that Armenians call the “great crime.” Her grandmother went door-to-door in search of orphans, making the sign of the cross in a show of kinship.

“This is so embedded in you growing up,” said Hajian, a retired attorney who lives in Needham.

Personal accounts of what is widely known as the Armenian Genocide have been passed through the generations, relatives say. This week, Armenians will mark the centennial of the genocide, gathering to remember the 1.5 million victims and renewing calls for formal acknowledgment by the Turkish government that the killings were a crime.

In the Boston area, home to the country’s second-largest Armenian community, with some 30,000 residents, the anniversary at once sharpens long-held grief while bringing renewed hope for accountability and resolution.

The Turkish government has long denied that a genocide took place, saying the death toll is exaggerated and that many Armenians died from starvation or disease amid the upheaval of the war. But the consensus of historians is that the Turkish government set out to eliminate the Armenian Christian minority, and that three out of four Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire were killed.

Descendants of Armenian survivors describe the lack of universal recognition as an open wound, a lingering outrage that denies justice and healing, even a century on. As they pay tribute to the victims and honor the legacy of Armenian survivors who were driven from their homeland, they remain hopeful that Turkey will one day accept responsibility for its crimes, and that the massacres will one day be called by their rightful name.

“Turkey cannot continue to create the myth that nothing happened,” Hajian said.

‘It’s a wound that’s not been healed. The world is different now, and Turkey should be held accountable.’

When World War I broke out, Turkish leaders targeted the Christian Armenian population under the pretext that they would cooperate with the Russian enemy.

Earlier this month, Pope Francis described the mass killings as the “first genocide of the 20th century” and called for international acknowledgment. “Concealing or denying evil is like allowing a wound to keep bleeding without bandaging it,” he said.

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ANCA: President Obama not to recognize Armenian genocide

WASHINGTON, DC – President Obama’s Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes confirmed to Armenian American leaders, during a White House meeting this afternoon, that the President has chosen against recognizing the Armenian Genocide in his April 24th statement marking the worldwide centennial of this crime.

“President Obama’s surrender to Turkey represents a national disgrace. It is, very simply, a betrayal of truth, a betrayal of trust,” said ANCA Chairman Ken Hachikian.

“With the world’s attention drawn this April 24th to worldwide Armenian Genocide Centennial commemorations, President Obama will, tragically, use the moral standing of our nation not to defend the truth, but rather to enforce of a foreign power’s gag-rule. He has effectively outsourced America’s policy on the Armenian Genocide to Recep Erdogan,” said Hachikian.

Following the meeting, the White House put out a read out for the discussion, the full text of which is provided below.

Prior to his election to the oval office, President Obama was clear and unequivocal in promising to properly characterize Ottoman Turkey’s murder of over 1.5 million Armenian men, women and children between 1915 and 1923 as genocide. In a January 19, 2008, statement he wrote: “The facts are undeniable. An official policy that calls on diplomats to distort the historical facts is an untenable policy. As a senator, I strongly support passage of the Armenian Genocide Resolution (H.Res.106 and S.Res.106), and as President I will recognize the Armenian Genocide.”

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1 Gramfan April 24, 2015 at 12:14 am
2 Gramfan April 24, 2015 at 12:17 am

No surprise that Barry won’t say a word. He’s BFF with Erdogan. Arabic is the only language they have in common. They don’t use an interpreter.
(I think that was on Walid Shoebats’s site.)

3 Uncle Vladdi April 24, 2015 at 9:22 pm

The Hussein is a muslim. Once one admits this fact, all else he does is so easily explained.

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