Armen Chakmakjian

It’s time…

In Uncategorized on April 2, 2016 at 3:55 am

Mr President, when you were a candidate you said the word “genocide” in reference to what happened to my ancestors.  A year ago in April 2015, 100 years after the genocide, the Pope reiterated that charge in his homily with the Armenian Catholicoi at his side. It was the first Genocide of the 20th century.  

Your response when asked about why you had avoided saying what you had said as a candidate after what the Pope had said, was that your responsibilities were bigger than the Pope’s. You tripped up. 

In the interim, you have made “peace” with Iran, visited Cuba, and gotten a “cease fire” in Syria working somehow with Putin. But after having Turkey poke you in the eye repeatedly, you have yet to be truly brave. Say it. Say what you already said.  Last week you joked that you can do whatever you want now that you aren’t a candidate.  If so say it. 

Say Armenian Genocide. Not “medz yeghern”, Armenian terminology which no non-Armenian understands and few Armenians use, rather say the internationally recognized legal terminology for the atrocity of attempting to wipe out a race. Genocide. 

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