To the Editor: Rep. Harman Responds

To the Editor:

I write in regard to the recent posting in 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)


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  1. David Boyajian said:

    “Attempt at genocide”?

    Does Cong. Harman mean that Turkey attempted, but never really succeeded, in committing a genocide against Armenians?

    In any case, here are a few articles about Cong. Harman and past and present espionage cases. My guess is that she will escape indictment:

  2. Argin said:

    Representative Harman, you represent everything that is wrong with our government. You flip-flop on issues when it suddenly becomes inconvenient and make decisions based on personal gains that you receive rather then what is best for your constituents. If you felt and sense of moral obligation to do what is right you would resign immediately.

  3. satenik said:

    Harman should be ashamed of herself for her so called “justification”. but there again I’m reminded by the this excellent saying” and shame is like a beautiful woman who does not consider herself ruined, because she has satisfied every appetite.”