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Finally. The “G” word ended its course as a “landmine” on April 24. President Joe Biden officially recognized as Armenian Genocide what the State Department used to call “The Events of 1915”. See the link below from former diplomat Dan Fried on the long handwringing over this. Also find a link below to the book by the former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, Henry Morgenthau, Sr. who wrote about the genocide in 1918.
Each year on this day, we remember the lives of all those who died in the Ottoman-era Armenian genocide and recommit ourselves to preventing such an atrocity from ever again occurring. Beginning on April 24, 1915, with the arrest of Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople by Ottoman authorities, one and a half million Armenians were deported, massacred, or marched to their deaths in a campaign of extermination. We honor the victims of the Meds Yeghern so that the horrors of what happened are never lost to history. And we remember so that we remain ever-vigilant against the corrosive influence of hate in all its forms.
Of those who survived, most were forced to find new homes and new lives around the world, including in the United States. With strength and resilience, the Armenian people survived and rebuilt their community. Over the decades Armenian immigrants have enriched the United States in countless ways, but they have never forgotten the tragic history that brought so many of their ancestors to our shores. We honor their story. We see that pain. We affirm the history. We do this not to cast blame but to ensure that what happened is never repeated.
Today, as we mourn what was lost, let us also turn our eyes to the future—toward the world that we wish to build for our children. A world unstained by the daily evils of bigotry and intolerance, where human rights are respected, and where all people are able to pursue their lives in dignity and security. Let us renew our shared resolve to prevent future atrocities from occurring anywhere in the world. And let us pursue healing and reconciliation for all the people of the world.
The American people honor all those Armenians who perished in the genocide that began 106 years ago today.
Biden becomes the first US President to recognize the Armenian Genocide https://t.co/3ekzwmMYXm
— Nina Jankowicz (@wiczipedia) April 24, 2021
Thank you, Mr President! Recognizing the Armenian genocide is a courageous and inspiring act.
It’s Important for the Armenian nation and for all those who seek justice worldwide.
It opens new prospects for US-Armenian 🇦🇲🤝🇺🇸relations.
It also makes this world a better place! pic.twitter.com/oX2lKnvhxi
— ՀՀ նախագահ | President of the Republic of Armenia (@Arm_President) April 24, 2021
— MFA of Armenia🇦🇲 (@MFAofArmenia) April 23, 2021
Turkey’s foreign ministry has summoned the US ambassador in Ankara to protest the decision by US President Joe Biden to mark the deportation and killing of Armenians during the Ottoman Empire as 'genocide'. https://t.co/8RvMOIh6Gw
— Al Jazeera News (@AJENews) April 25, 2021
Inside America’s Long Handwringing Over the Armenian Genocide – POLITICO. Dan Fried explains it all: https://t.co/YpIXENbNBT
— John M Evans (@EvansinAmerica) April 25, 2021
There is never a good time, but we should have done this years ago. We did, in writing, to the Court in The Hague in 1951, but then Turkey joined NATO in 1962 and it became taboo.
— John M Evans (@EvansinAmerica) April 25, 2021
Amb. Morgenthau's book …."to my fellow countrymen the facts which I learned while representing them in Turkey. I acquired this knowledge as the servant of the American people, and it is their property as much as it is mine.https://t.co/WXLbVAGEEr https://t.co/ibslEWXcyd
— Diplopundit (@Diplopundit) April 23, 2021
- U.S. Senate Joins House, Passes Resolution Recognizing the Armenian Genocide Dec 2019
- #ArmenianGenocide: “The position of the Administration has not changed” Dec 2019
- House Passes Resolution Recognizing 1915 Armenian Genocide Oct 2019
- UN Amb Samantha Power Refers to the “Genocide Denial Against the Armenians” in Elie Wiesel Tribute Dec 2016
- 1915 Armenian Genocide — The “G” Word as a Huge Landmine, and Diplomatic Equities Apr 2015
- John M. Evans: The diplomat who called the “Events of 1915” a genocide, and was canned for it Apr 2015
- $4.2 million to dispute a single word (August 2009)