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Oct 22 2007

US House Urged Not To Vote On Armenian Genocide Bill

346_061106ancaJust when I think the US government is finally going to do the right thing and recognize the Armenian genocide, George Bush and other politicians petitioned Nancy Pelosi not to vote on the resolution next month. Their reasoning behind this letter was that since we are at war, we need Turkey as an ally so we can use their air space to be closer to Iraq. He said that it would cost too much money to fly in from another country and that having them as allies will help “our” cause. The question I have for Bush, is who’s cause? Your cause? All this war has done is killed innocent Americans who are trying to cover up his mistakes by continuing to fight. Don’t get me wrong, I fully support the troops and what they are doing for this country, but I don’t think that we should still be in this war and about 65% of the country agrees with me.

Facts:

  • Feburary 2006: 72% of active troops in Iraq think we should leave within a year (almost two years later, still not out)
  • Feburary 2006: 1 out of 4 said the troops should have left in the beginning of 2006
  • March 2007: 69% believe the presence of U.S. forces is making things worse
  • March 2007: 51% of the population consider attacks on coalition forces “acceptable”

Besides the people that George Bush has killed (yes, he has killed), he has also put this country in horrible debt. At the time of this post, the cost of war is at $462,300,000,000 (over 4.5 Billion dollars) and rising drastically. Here’s an interesting tidbit of information, Bush has spent more dollars in the war than the age of the earth which is 4.54 billion years old. My parents taught me growing up that, “Money doesn’t grow on trees”, but George Bush is apparently proving them wrong because he is spending more money than we have to spend, so what do we do, borrow it from other countries. Who is going to pay that off once the war is over? The American citizens are going to now and in the future and they will pay it off in taxes and other price increases. The reason I bring up the war is because I am an Armenian American who will have to pay off that debt, but what has this country done for the Armenian American population, they have rubbed this bill in our face by not passing it.

Adolf Hitler before the Holocaust: ??Who still talks nowadays of the extermination of the Armenians??

Turkey has condemned the “genocide” bill and recalled its ambassador to Washington back to Turkey for consultation over the matter, a sign of exasperated U.S.-Turkey tension over the issue. More than 1.5 million Armenians were killed in a systematic genocide in the hands of the Ottomans during World War I, before modern Turkey was born in 1923. All Armenian Americans want is for the US government to recognize this as a genocide and not try and pull some political bull just so we can use Turkey’s land. It has been 92 years since the genocide took place and Armenian Americans want to know that the country that our ancestors escaped to is finally going to agree with us. My great grandparents were featured in an article in the Boston Globe in the 1990’s for escaping the genocide and finally coming to Ellis Island to start a new life in Boston, Mass. A new beginning that my grandmother and my father and I were able to have in this country, one that 3/4 of my ancestors were not able to have because they were killed by the Turks in 1915.

To the US government, this might be a chance to keep an ally oversees, but to the 700,000 – 1.4 million Armenian Americans currently living in the US, it is about being recognized for the lives that were taken and new start this country gave us when the US actually cared about its citizens that live here. Please help raise awareness on this cause, and vote Yes (MSNBC Poll) and help bring the numbers back up because they are extremely low. This is not about politics, this is about doing the right thing and helping the Armenian Americans take back what the US has never given us…Recognition

WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER!!!!

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Timothy Haroutunian is a ServiceNow Cloud Implementation Specialist at Acorio. ServiceNow is an IT Management solution that allows for a complete view of your IT and physical environment.

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