Demand that the U.S. government declare the killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915 a genocide.

  • by: Arsen Arapetyan
  • recipient: Presumptive Democratic nominee for President of the United States Hillary Clinton.
Leading global historians estimate that more than 1.5 million ethnic Armenians were killed in the Ottoman Empire in 1915. As far back as a few days ago the German Parliament almost unanimously adopted a resolution declaring those tragic events a genocide, thus making Germany the 30th in the list of countries which officially recognized Armenian genocide. Other countries include such pillars of democracy as France, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, the Netherlands, Canada and many more.
Presidents of the United States have for dozens of years been proclaiming the need to find Turkey, as a successor to the Ottoman Empire, guilty of the Armenian Genocide. However their words have not turned into deeds so far. During his presidential campaign in 2008 President Obama vowed to enact such legislation if elected. As you can see he has failed to deliver on his promise yet. Historical justice is sacrificed for the sake of immediate political ambitions, while the memory of a multimillion people suffering is being gradually erased from public conscience.
It is only natural that politicians find it easier to forget about the tragedy than to find the guilty ones, especially when one of the closest military and political allies is involved. Nevertheless we have got no right to turn a blind eye to disasters of such scale even if they happened hundreds of years ago. This is exactly the reason why it is necessary that Hillary Clinton as a presumptive Democratic nominee and most likely future President of the United States should recognize as a genocide the massacre of ethnic Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915 and should make a pledge that one of her first acts in the office will be to define the official position of the United States towards the tragedy!
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