Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Obama Fails To Call Armenian Deaths 'Genocide' For 4th Year. Scrubbed Promise From His Website.

On Jan. 19, 2008 Candidate Barack Obama issued a statement on "The Importance of US-Armenian Relations," and posted it on on barackobama.com. The page has gone down the Internet memory hole, but copies of the statement can be seen here and here. I have excerpted part of it below.

[...] I also share with Armenian Americans – so many of whom are descended from genocide survivors - a principled commitment to commemorating and ending genocide. That starts with acknowledging the tragic instances of genocide in world history. As a U.S. Senator, I have stood with the Armenian American community in calling for Turkey's acknowledgement of the Armenian Genocide. Two years ago, I criticized the Secretary of State for the firing of U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, John Evans, after he properly used the term "genocide" to describe Turkey's slaughter of thousands of Armenians starting in 1915. I shared with Secretary Rice my firmly held conviction that the Armenian Genocide is not an allegation, a personal opinion, or a point of view, but rather a widely documented fact supported by an overwhelming body of historical evidence. 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. [...]
America deserves a leader who speaks truthfully about the Armenian Genocide and responds forcefully to all genocides. I intend to be that President. 
Sadly, Obama isn't that leader.
On the fourth Armenian Remembrance Day of his presidency, President Obama has for the fourth time in a row broken his promise to the Armenian community to use the word “genocide” in describing what happened at the hands of the Turks roughly a century ago.

As a senator, and then as a presidential candidate, Barack Obama often talked about how bold he was to call the slaughter of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire just what it was: a genocide.
In 2007, Sen. Barack Obama wasn't afraid to use the genocide word. 

ANCA produced this video of Sen. Obama at the Illinois breakfast briefing held on April 12, 2007.

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