CTV.ca | Bush urges rejection of Armenian genocide bill
My god can't these people make one damn correct decision for once?The White House is urging Congress to reject legislation that would classify the First World War-era killings of Armenians as genocide.
"This resolution is not the right response to these historic mass killings," U.S. President George Bush told reporters Wednesday.
The comments follow a meeting Bush held with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
Rice and Gates issued a joint appeal earlier Wednesday, hours before the House Foreign Affairs Committee was to vote on the issue.
"This is not to ignore what was a really terrible situation and we recognize the feelings of those who want to express their concern and their disdain for what happened many years ago," Rice said.
"But the passage of this resolution at this time would indeed be very problematic for everything we are trying to do in the Middle East because we are very dependent on a good Turkish strategic ally to help with our efforts," she said.
The basic dispute surrounds the 1915 massacres of up to 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks -- widely viewed by scholars as the first genocide of the 20th century.
Turkey denies that the event was genocide, claiming the toll has been inflated and that the deaths were the result of civil war and unrest.
Turkish officials are warning that the move could damage relations between the two countries. The U.S. military uses Turkey, a NATO ally, as a major portal for operations in Iraq.
"I have been trying to warn the (U.S.) lawmakers not to make a historic mistake," said Egemen Bagis, a close foreign policy adviser to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Seventy per cent of U.S. air cargo destined for Iraq flows through Turkey as does about a third of fuel used by the military in Iraq, Gates said Wednesday.
"Access to air fields and to the roads and so on in Turkey would very much be put at risk if this resolution passes and Turkey reacts as strongly as we believe they will," Gates said.
Gates also said that 95 per cent of the new Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles are flying through Turkey to get to Iraq.
The U.S. Embassy in Ankara warned U.S. citizens in Turkey Wednesday of "demonstrations and other manifestations of anti-Americanism" if the bill is approved.
If the House Foreign Affairs Committee passes the legislation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could then decide to bring it to a vote before the full House of Representatives.
Many Democrats in the Democrat-controlled Congress support the resolution.
Meanwhile, reports emerged Wednesday that Turkey began shelling suspected Kurdish rebel camps in Northern Iraq.
The U.S. opposes the action, fearing a new war front in the most stable part of the country.
The Turkish government is currently seeking parliamentary approval to conduct a cross-border military operation in the region.
They admit it occured, they admit that it was a tragic event.... yet they don't wish to seek public justice and awareness to this, because it'd hurt operations in Iraq and make things less incovienant.... dollars and cents quite honestly. It's all about what bennifits the Bush War, rather then actually seeking truth and justice and at least trying to get some aknowlegement of what happend for the families of thse people who suffered and/or died.
They continually make decisions that P.O'z the rest of the world, but when it comes to the right decisions to be made, they claim they won't because it'll P.O. the rest of the world...... well actually, just Turkey who's apparently responsible for this historical gennocide.
Oh, but it'll put a damper and hamper on US operations in Iraq because they rely on Turkey for most transportation and such..... so it's just an incocvieance to admit something actually occured in the past...... and they're bending over backwards on blackmail basically.
I personally say Ballz to Bush and Ballz to Rice and their idiotic existance.
And please don't remind me that it's for protection of your troops in Iraq and to ensure a successful mission/pullout..... I am aware of this.
But this is just like a judge about to sentance a serial killer who is obviously guitly, but since the guy has something to blackmail the judge, the judge turns a blind eye. (Metaphor)