Posts Tagged ‘Turkey’

Let’s get real

April 28, 2008

Turkey is isolating itself from the world based solely on an event it is refusing to discuss. Recently the government refused to allow Mehmet Aydin to travel to Buenos Aires because Argentina had recognized the Armenian genocide. This is ludicrious.

Remember in 3rd grade when you didn’t talk to the girl in the second row for 4 years because she had called your best friend Betsy a know-it- all? Only to find out in the sixth grade that Betsy was a no-it-all and selfish and that the name caller, Sarah, was supercool and swiftly your best friend? The biggest regret about those 4 years was that you missed out on being friends with Sarah.

I recognize this is a pithy example of the relationship between Turkey and the rest of the world but it is just as silly as what is actually occuring. We must talk to realize our goals, to develp relationships and to be able to understand human history! NO nation furthers itself by isolating others. While I would be loathe to admit that the US carried out a “genocide” on the Native Americans, I’m not going to denying speaking with those who say so.

Turkey, its time to leave the 3rd grade and start attending 7th!

You thoughts?

Turkey asking Knesset to Stop Discussion

April 11, 2008

The Turkish parliament’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman, Hasan Murat Mercan, has asked Isreali to stop discussion of the Armenian genocide. This move should surprise no one. The Turks have been avidly asking people to stop this discussion for years. This request even came with a slightly veiled threat: “We would prefer if this discussion would not take place at this time in the Israeli parliament because it may harm the relations between the two countries.” Read the rest of this entry »

Jews on Armenian Genocide

March 27, 2008

I feel, and I know this might come off a bit strongly but, that if anyone should recognize persecution its the Jews. They have been the brunt of persecution for eons and frequently have soldiered this burden while everyone else was denying its existence. This is why I find it confusing that the Jewish community has been so ambivalent towards the plight of Armenians in having their genocide recognized.

There are so many Jews against Darfur signs hanging around DC that I can’t walk a half mile without seeing one. Yet, they have been notably silent on Armenia– well not anymore. The Knesset, the Jewish parliament, decided today to appoint a committee to look into the Armenian genocide, reports Isreali news sources. The decision to review the Armenian case was put forward by Meretz-Yahad Chairman Chaim Oron and ratified by eleven members. Read the rest of this entry »