Originally Posted by loborugger
I really don't see it that way. Congress can huff and they can puff put it wont revive the life of one dead Armenian. The time to act was then. It is past. This is damn near as silly as issuing a non-binding resolution condemning Germany for its treatment of the Jews during WWII. Imagine the reaction that would draw in Germany. Yes, I realize that unlike the Turks, the Germans have owned up to their national culpability. Yet pretty much all the Turks who are guilty have also passed on due to old age. So, who are we punishing?
While the windbags in Congress are at it, why stop at Armenia? I say they draw up non-binding resolutions condemning the following:
1. German treatment of Jews during WWII
2. Japanese treatment of pretty much everyone during WWII
3. English treatment of Irish.
4. Spanish treatment of Indians in the new world and Jews during the Inquisition.
5. The Dutch for beginning the slave trade.
6. The Macedonians for invading Persia.
7. The Romans (Italians) for sowing Carthage with salt so it would never be inhabited again.
Oh, and we could go on and on. The great thing about Political Correctness is that if you go far enough back in history, EVERYONEs been a victim.
Then, 6 months after we draw up non-binding resolutions body slamming the world for its treatment of its neighbors, lets go ask those same nations for help. Then we can wonder why they give us the political bird.
It has nothing to do with political correctness. It's standing up for historical accuracy. There are many in the world who argue (Ahmadjihad among them) that the Holocaust never happened. Should we allow their version of history to be passed on to the next generation? There are those in Japan who would like history to read that America was the aggressor of WWII and committed an atrocity by dropping the A-bombs on the peaceful, innocent Japanese of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. So we should allow this version of history to stand? The Turks are trying to paste a lie into the history books of the world. We're standing up and saying, "That's a lie and we won't stand by silently while you try to spread it." Of course, we're way behind the rest of the world who have already sent this message to the Turks via similar resolutions. In fact, Congress is probably doing this now out of shame, but it's still the wrong time to do it, IMO. Strategically speaking, it's idiotic.