WASHINGTON — Global warming? Health care? The Iraq war? Iran? Illegal immigration? Crumbling bridges and roads? Genocide in Africa? Israel and Palestine problem? Treasury going broke? Nah, not important, says our House of Representatives. Let’s antagonize one of our few remaining allies since we have nothing else of any importance to do.
So the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs committee approved a resolution Wednesday calling the 1915 massacres of Armenians by Ottoman Turks, genocide.and it now goes to the House floor, where Democratic leaders say there will be a vote by mid-November.
– Turkey warned on Thursday that relations with its NATO ally the United States would be harmed by a U.S. House committee’s approval of the genocide resolution.
Here is some background about the issue:
In the late 19th century the Ottoman Empire’s Armenian minority, numbering an estimated 2 million, was encouraged by exiled groups in the United States, Geneva and in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, to assert its nationalism. Repression by Ottoman irregulars, mainly Kurds, led to the massacre of hundreds of thousands of Armenians in eastern Anatolia in 1894-1896. Several thousand more were killed in Constantinople in August 1896 after Armenian extremists seized the Ottoman Bank to draw attention to their cause.
President Bush enthusiastically approved the resolution, ” We gotta show them foreigners who’s in charge around here,” he smirked,” Gotta keep them stirred up and in line!”
Vice President Dick Cheney also congratulated the Foreign Affairs Committee for their condemnation of Turkey.
” We’re getting a backlog of war stuff by Lockheed, Brown & Root, Halliburton and other of our suppliers to the Defense Department.” Cheney said, “Congress doesn’t want us to use these planes, bombs, tanks, ships and guns on Iran, so we got to use them somewhere. Turkey looks good. If we can’t piss them off, how about China, or Mexico? If I can continue to scoop up ‘no-bid’ contracts with the Defense Department, my Halliburton’s stock price will continue to increase over the next few years, and as I will no longer be Vice President, I can exercise my stock options and be able to cash out for a substantial profit!”