To the Editor:
I write in regard to the recent posting in Asbarez.com and its characterization of my position on the Armenian Genocide and related legislation. While it is certainly true that you are entitled to your own views – and to support those you choose for public office – you are not entitled to your own facts.
The facts are (1) I have never denied that a holocaust occurred in 1915, or that a cruel and systematic attempt at genocide against the Armenian people was perpetrated, and (2) the letter I sent to the late House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Lantos suggesting it was the wrong time to consider the genocide resolution was not secret – the Armenian National Committee was provided a copy of the letter and it was posted on my official web site the same day it was sent.
I applaud and am encouraged by the recent rapprochement between Armenia and Turkey and hope it will prompt a clear view of the history surrounding the tragic events of 1915 – as Germany has done with its history. As someone who lost 2/3 of her father’s family in Hitler’s holocaust, I understand in very personal terms the irreversible scars that are left by mass genocide. I will always identify with the victims and families of the Armenian genocide.
Rep. Jane Harman (D-36)