Bush today vigorously opposed a congressional resolution to finally recognize as genocide the Turkish slaughter of more than a million Armenian Christians.Â Bush declared: “We all deeply regret the tragic suffering of the Armenian people that began in 1915. This resolution is not the right response to these historic mass killings, and its passage would do great harm to our relations with a key ally in NATO and in the global war on terror.”
It’s a helluva thing when a war on terror supposedly requires the U.S. Congress to pretend that genocide didn’t occur.Â Bush’s assertion that “we all deeply regret the tragic suffering of the Armenian people” is a lie.Â Â Most people either don’t know or don’t care about the carnage.Â And Bush apparently wants to keep it that way.
The Washington Post editorial page was even more contemptible than Bush. They railed this morning that the resolution “endangers present-day U.S. security.”Â The Post states, “The subject is a serious one — more than 1 million Armenians may have died at the hands of the Young Turk regime between 1915 and the early 1920s.”
May have?Â Oh.Â Perhaps it was all a misundertanding.
Ironically, Bush and the Washington Post editorial page are gung-ho on threatening massive bombing of Iran in part because the Iranian president isÂ seen as denying the Nazi Holocaust.
The U.S. government is supposedly obliged to help the Turkish government cover up its sordid past, and is also entitled to kill thousands or millions of Iranians because of that country’s figurehead’s denials ofÂ past atrocities.