Outraged by the news of the Ambassador to Armenia–John Evans,’ official recall over his truthful commen’s regarding the Armenian genocide–Retired Air Force Lt. Col. John A. Keusseyan addressed a letter to the Armenian community and its leaders–calling for continued and unwavering support in hopes of saving his career.
"It is every Armenian American’s duty to write to the State Department and raise hell," he said. "Let’s flood the State Department with our letters of protest."
The following is his letter:
"Rumors finally materialized. An honorable man who told the truth about the Armenian genocide is being punished by "evil forces."
This country is (supposedly) founded on freedom of speech–freedom of religion–etc. Apparently this does not apply to US Diplomats; they are punished if they tell the truth. What kind of message does this send to the rest of the diplomatic corps? Your career will be cut short if you told the truth and that it is okay to lie and you will be rewarded if you lied.
The Armenian Americans were unable to save the career of this honorable and honest man. Why did we fail? Did we do all that we could? These are the questions that our (Armenian) leadership should be asking them selves.
Now that the damage is done–how can we recover?
If we do nothing–no one would dare to support our cause anymore. What we can do and should do is reward this man. We can hire him as a consultant to one of our political organizations i.e. ANCA or AAA (and believe me he will be a very valuable asset). Or an Armenian owned company can hire him and give him a prestigious position. Then we can tell the whole world that we don’t let our friends down. Tell to the civil servants of America: don’t be afraid to tell the truth about Armenian genocide! We will take care of you and we even let you practice your first amendment right! Even if the Government does not."
–John A. Keusseyan–Lt. Col. USAF (Retired)