ANCA Calls Out Turkey’s Double Standard

Message to Capitol Hill Calls for Adoption of Armenian Genocide Resolution

WASHINGTON–The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) this week circulated a memo to Congressional offices highlighting Turkey’s increasingly stark double-standard in aggressively challenging U.S. interests while continuing to dictate to American leaders what they can – and cannot say – about the Armenian Genocide.

The memo, sent by ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian, noted that “Turkey’s leaders reserve for themselves the freedom to act with complete disregard for U.S. interests, allies, and values, even as they dictate to us what we are allowed to say about the Armenian Genocide.”  It closed with a call upon legislators to reject Turkey’s veto of the Armenian Genocide recognition and called for the adoption of H.Res.252, the Armenian Genocide Resolution.

The ANCA also stressed that Turkey should be the last country to offer lectures about the conduct of other nations, and listed a series of seven acts of violence and aggression by Turkish leaders, both at home and abroad, over the course of more than a century.

The full text of the ANCA memo is provided below.  Click below for a link to a PDF version of the actual document: http://www.anca.org/assets/pdf/hill_notes/060910.pdf

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To:  Foreign Affairs Legislative Aide
From:  Aram Hamparian, Executive Director
Date:  June 9, 2010

RE:  H.Res.252, the Armenian Genocide Resolution

When will we reject Turkey’s gag rule on U.S. recognition of the Armenian Genocide?

Just a few hours ago Turkey voted against a U.N. Security Council resolution imposing sanctions on Iran.  Over the past few weeks, Turkey has accused Israel of “state terrorism” and compared the Gaza flotilla raid to 9-11.  Since 2003, when Turkey blocked a northern front in the war on Iraq, Ankara has lined up – aggressively and unapologetically – against the United States on issue after issue.

What is truly striking is Turkey’s double-standard in its dealings with our country:

Turkey’s leaders reserve for themselves the freedom to act with complete disregard for U.S. interests, allies, and values, even as they dictate to us what we are allowed to say about the Armenian Genocide.

The time has long since passed for America to stop outsourcing our policy on the Armenian Genocide.  Please reject Turkey’s veto of the Armenian Genocide Resolution by calling for the passage of H.Res.252.

Turkey’s Hypocrisy

Turkey should be the last country to offer lectures about the conduct of other nations, especially when we consider the record of violence and aggression by Turkish leaders, both at home and abroad, over the course of more than a century:

1)  Turkey aggressively denies the Armenian Genocide, pressuring America to remain silent on this crime, and prosecuting its own citizens who speak truthfully about this atrocity.

2)  Turkey has been illegally blockading landlocked Armenia since 1993.

3)  Turkey invaded Cyprus in 1974 and continues to occupy over a third of this sovereign nation.

4)  Turkey has destroyed thousands of Kurdish villages, uprooting millions of Kurds, and denying tens of millions of its own Kurdish citizens their basic human rights.

5)  Turkey denies the Darfur Genocide and provides arms to the Sudanese government, led by Omar al-Bashir, who has been indicted for war crimes.

6)  Turkey continues to impose official restrictions and unofficial pressure on the Armenian, Greek, Assyrian, and Syriac churches and on other minority religious groups.

7)  Turkey’s leaders foster domestic political support by taking anti-U.S. and anti-Israel stands: Among the best selling books in Turkey is Hitler’s Mein Kampf; one of their most popular films, Valley of the Wolves, features a Turkish nuclear attack on Washington.

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8 Comments

  1. Nairian said:

    Frankly I very much agree with Aram Hamparian and ANCA. For instance, Turkey should be the last country to attack Israel for their stand with the Palestinians. Turkey should look into the mirror themselves first and utmost.

  2. Rita said:

    Turkey and Israel are both the worst hypocrites of all, I do not know which is worse than the other!

    Israel can try to use the Armenian Genocide against the Turks for political cause (not for moral as they should, being the one country who uses the Holocaust as its justification for everything)

    However, Israel still will be behind the Armenians backs arming the Azeris, so they will not be able to gain Armenian support if that is what they are trying.

    Turkey has the option to isolate itself completely from the West (which it probably will not do) and still face the issue of the Armenian Genocide.

    Or Turkey’s best interest in this situation would be to recognize the Armenian Genocide and begin the reparations, this way they will gain support and power and they will have Armenian, Arab, Iranian on their side and the Israel/US power will be finished.

  3. john papazian said:

    Use the genocide in politics,say it isn’t so.Remember back in 08, “freinds don’t let freinds get away with genocide”.Between the US,EU,and the UN the only thing they know is how to use what ever is on hand.Double standard indeed,Isreal has enjoyed never being held accountable for the inhumane treatment of the Palistinian,wich is certainly far worse than treatment under Egyptian rule.

  4. Rita said:

    Its funny how no one can ever talk about the Holocaust, if it is questioned, then the person is an anti Semite or a Nazi. And this is how Israel always gets away with their crimes against humanity, by bringing up the Holocaust and looking like the poor victim.

    But Shimon Peres had no problem getting up and openly denying that what happened to us was a genocide. And now the only reason the Jews care about the Armenian Genocide is to get back at Turkey. It just shows the true colors of the Jewish Zionists.

    We Armenians should stop recognition of the Holocaust and stop teaching it. We should do this so that we do not offend those who killed the Jews. And maybe if we want to get back at the Germans, then we will say the Jewish Holocaust happened.

    Of course if we thought like that we would be called anti semites, genocide supporters, and Nazis.. but when the Jews do it its okay..

  5. Haci said:

    “7) Turkey’s leaders foster domestic political support by taking anti-U.S. and anti-Israel stands: Among the best selling books in Turkey is Hitler’s Mein Kampf; one of their most popular films, Valley of the Wolves, features a Turkish nuclear attack on Washington.”

    Haha Turkey can’t do a shit. Making a movie that nukes Washington. That is as close as they can ever get. Before Turkey realizes, there will be 1000 of bomb and a couple nuke hitting the country of Turkey.
    Turkey needs to realizes where it stands and shut the fuck up when told so.

  6. john papazian said:

    Oh Rita,carefull your Muslim influences are showing.To denie the events of the second world war is just to stupid to even consider.Haci watch the language,I have a hard enough time trying to convince my fellow Americans to visit Armenian web sights.You and Rita come off as being angry middle eastern types.That frightens a lot of the folks out here in the sticks.Did you know that a vast majority of Christian America has no idea that Armenia is the worlds first Christian nation?Seriosly.they don’t.Most Americans couldn’t find Armenia on a map,much less spell it.So don’t scare the FOX News types,thier affraid enough as it is.

  7. Rita said:

    John Papazian- you must be an Armenian American.. You really have no idea what is going on here to be talking like that. I was born and raised in Palestine in Bethlehem. Why dont you see what is really going on here, how Christians are being cleansed out by Zionists.

    I dont have “Muslim influence” considering 85% of my village is Christian.

    And my comparison was meant to be sarcastic, of course we will not sink down to the level of genocide denial, but why the double standard when it comes to the Jewish Holocaust and Armenian Genocide?

  8. Rita said:

    And most American “Christians” do not give a crap about Eastern Christians since most American Christians are Protestants, Evangelicals, Pentecostals, etc. who think that Orthodox and Catholic are false faiths.

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