Is there an example of more extreme, hypocritical arrogance than the US Congress, and other politicians, as well as newspapers columnists and human rights activists attempting to have a resolution passed acknowledging the Armenian genocide by Turkey?
How about asking the US Congress to put an end to the genocide it is committing in Iraq? Most politicians only acknowledge the deaths of American soldiers, but have nothing to say about the deaths of the Iraqis. Even the political left pretend that what is going on in Iraq is just a civil war and the US is an innocent, helpless bystander. This is no different from Turkey, who mourns the deaths of its own and claims that in 1915 it was civil war and there was mutual suffering at the hands of the other.
It was the United States that helped Saddam Hussein into power and supported him strategically and financially, when he was committing his worst atrocities. The US has bombed the infrastructure of Iraq during two invasions; no one really knows how many were killed during these bombings or due to the use of chemical weapons and depleted uranium. Thousands of Iraqis are put in jail without justification. Reconstruction projects are benefiting foreigners more than the Iraqis. American agent provocateurs are fueling the violence between the different religious and ethnic groups; but no one is investigating this. Millions of Iraqis have fled their country in fear for their lives. The Iraqis are scapegoats for US foreign policy.
For those who have no sympathy for the Muslims in Iraq (and Afghanistan), let’s look at what the United States did in Vietnam and Cambodia. Three to five million Buddhists were killed when the US bombed and used chemical weapons on these countries. Where is US acknowledgment of this genocide?
What about how the United States preaches human rights and democracy, yet it engages in regime change, supporting brutal dictators and kings who do its bidding?
The fact that the US Congress wants to pass a resolution regarding the genocide that Turkey has committed, but has not said anything about the genocides the United States is responsible for, shows that passing this type of resolution is completely meaningless.
Why don’t the United States and Europe set the example by acknowledging their genocides?
It wasn’t only the Armenians that were killed in large numbers. Read here about what the Europeans (with Americans’ help) were doing in their former colonies. I suspect this is only a partial list and as time passes “mainstream” historians will investigate the atrocities committed by Western countries in the Third World.
New York City, NY
Oct 25 2007 - 5:10pm