Schiff-Dold Letter Presses Clinton To Disavow Offensive Comment On Armenian Genocide

Last week Clinton said US recognition of Genocide would be "Dangerous"

WASHINGTON—The lead authors of the Armenian Genocide Resolution, H.Res.304, Robert Dold (R-IL) and Adam Schiff (D-CA), are leading a bipartisan effort to secure Congressional signatures on a letter urging Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to renounce her recent public mischaracterization of the Armenian Genocide as a “historical debate,” reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

A “Dear Colleague letter” currently being circulated by Representatives Schiff and Dold calls upon their colleagues in the U.S. House to join with them in co-signing a letter “asking Secretary Clinton to “disavow” her “historical debate” remarks, which she made at a public Town Hall meeting, and properly recognize the Armenian Genocide.  The two legislators stressed in this correspondence that the “historical debate” argument has long been a talking point pushed by the Government of Turkey and other genocide deniers, who seek to muddy the waters by claiming that we in Congress must stay our hand in order to avoid undermining history’s settling of the truth.  This is an intellectually unsupportable argument.  There is no historical debate about the nature of the slaughter of the Armenian people – in fact Raphael Lemkin, who coined the word “genocide,” was thinking of the Armenians when he created the term – and our own National Archives contain all the documentary evidence that Secretary Clinton could ever need.”  They also noted that: “By embracing the idea of an historical debate, the Secretary has taken a position at odds with her past positions and the positions of President Obama and Vice-President Biden.  It is a position much closer to that of the Turkish government than that of any other senior U.S. diplomat in recent memory and it undermines our efforts to focus attention on genocides and other mass human rights violations elsewhere.

The letter to Secretary Clinton notes that her, “historically inaccurate description of the Armenian Genocide as an open question, in addition to the offense it represents to Armenian Americans and other victims of genocide, provides American encouragement to the Republic of Turkey in its shameful campaign of denial.”  It also reminds the Secretary that in 2006 she joined with President Obama – then a U.S. Senator – in writing a letter explaining to President Bush that the Armenian Genocide was a “systematic and deliberate campaign of genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire in 1915. . .  The victims of the Genocide deserve our remembrance and their rightful place in history. . . .It is in the best interests of our nation and the entire global community to remember the past and learn from these crimes against humanity to ensure that they are never repeated.  The sign-on letter also quotes Senator Clinton’s public statement in 2008 when, as a Senator and candidate for the presidency, she affirmed that: “[T]he horrible events perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire against Armenians constitute a clear case of genocide,” and that “[o]ur common morality and our nation’s credibility as a voice for human rights challenge us to ensure that the Armenian Genocide be recognized and remembered by the Congress and the President of the United States.”

To encourage your U.S. Representative to sign the Schiff-Dold letter, please complete the action alert.


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  1. zareh said:

    She is getting ready to take a job for the Turkish lobbying firm after she steps down.
    What a despicable character she is!!!!!!!!!

  2. Sylva-MD-Poetry said:

    Hi lady Clinton…!
    How can such a first genocide be ‘historical debate’
    As hubrisly you pronounced…and shamelessly you said…!
    As if you know well the Armenians’ Genocide Events,
    Since millennium slaying their innocent cells…!

    It is yet,’Not a History’, and never will be…
    It is a real reality, alive in every Armenian Astrocyte
    Like many hollywoodian films, with all horrible events
    That snatched joyful moments from their artful brains…

    If the ‘Genocided Cohort’ still seeing
    Their grandparents in their dreams….yet, soulfully
    Singing their songs* full of pains and screams
    Imaging with their lost relatives
    How they were …tortured…raped… slayed**…
    As and all the nations know
    They’re the real grand-orphans
    Of the ‘Genocided Terrains’

    Was that a history …!!!
    Or event still living fresh in their memory
    As if it happened just yesterday
    None of their stories can any soul forget
    Thus…It is printed in their DNA…s
    And will carve there KhatchKars
    Till the justice prevails…


    February 4, 2012

    * Sultan wanted to vanish Us…”Sultan uzezh chenchel mazi”
    Which means they used word ‘Vanish’ (chenchel) like the word genocide
    since long ago in events of 1890’s and probably before…Because
    any song cannot become a song, until gets inherited from generation to generation…

    **Slayed: lyric word for slain

  3. Mihail Morgikian said:

    Madam Secretary:

    I will use no words to show my outrage at your miopic and indecent description of events, it is a sad time to remember my orphans grand parents.

  4. Alex Postallian said:

    She should resign,a laughing stock, of the world.She and her husband,slick willy, ran on a format of reform,and the good of the common man.The only good,was filling their pockets,with bribes,all over the world.The couple is known for the “for sale” signs on their backs.

  5. Edward Demian said:

    If you don’t like what Clinton and Obama do and say, than vote them out. My sentiments on the matter is that we, as American voters, can be instrumental in the future of any US Political party. A well organized (PAC) Political action committee, can draw lists of national candidates, rate their views and voting record and either support their candidacy or oppose it. Can you immagine what a phone bank of a hundred callers can do a week or two before elections? Calling the voters, convincing them to vote or not to. Run shuttles to and from polling stations. We can run such a program from our own home computers, so as to not expand a lot of time and money on infrastructure. All we need is a couple of people from every state, networking together with the rest of the states, voting on leadership, or create a rotating leadership. We should create a mock courtroom, with a jury of twelve, deciding the fate of individual politicians. We should invite the politicians to participate in the proceedings. Sort of put them on trial. And that should be public (on line), If a politician is found to be an honest person and friendly to the Armenian cause, he should not only be judged so, but receive an award stating as much, and a commitment from the PAC of tangible campaign support. Should he be found to collaborate with Turkish, Azery, or anti Armenian interests, than the hammer comes down, and the full weight of the organization on him; Recall campaigns, actually remove them before their term ends. Remember, there is no public funds for defense of incumbents in recall campaigns. The word would get out quickly. Turkey is poison.