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Ataturk – Here We Go Again October 11, 2007

Posted by fitsnews in US Politics.



FITSNews – October 11, 2007 – Just a few days after taking office in 2003, S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford stirred the first of many controversies to come in his administration by praising Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern-day Turkey. Ataturk was an example of someone who succeeded in bringing about structural change, Sanford argued, but an especially-vocal group of Armenian-Americans (including the sharp-tongued former Chairman of the S.C. Democratic Party) were outraged by the reference, saying Ataturk was guilty of genocide against their ancestors.

Well, today the Armenian genocide is back in the news, as the U.S. Congress is on the verge of adopting a resolution that formally labels the killings of Armenians in Turkey during World War I “a genocide.”

The resolution’s sponsor is Rep. Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California whose district apparently contains a large Armenian population. Schiff told CNN said that his resolution already had 226 co-sponsors, which is enough votes to pass, as well as “the most support an Armenian genocide resolution has ever received.”

Say what? You mean somebody’s actually taking the time to monitor support for an Armenian genocide resolution? Holy Anatolia, people! You know, this is precisely what we hate the most about politics, and here’s why …

First of all, it goes without saying that Rep. Schiff is a complete and total suck-up. We don’t care if his district is 99.5% Armenian-American, write a damn bill about Social Security already and stop pandering like a little girl.

Second of all, we think all of these ridiculous “Sense of Congress” resolutions should be outlawed. They’re not law, they’re just feelgood filler. In fact, we could pull out a damn yellow Post-It note, write “Ataturk Sux” on it, and it would have the same force of law.

Look, most people don’t give a rat’s ass what the US Congress thinks about stuff that’s happening right now, let alone something that happened a Century ago on another continent.

There’s plenty of homegrown, present-day issues that Congress can express its “deep regret” about, or better yet – DO SOMETHING ABOUT.

Ataturk, schmataturk.

Armenians need to get what they call the f*ck over it.



1. Peter Leventis - October 11, 2007

The importance/prudence/timeliness of the resolution aside, it is in part the fact that Turkey still denies it, and successfully bullies the rest of the world into believing/accepting that it didn’t happen either, I would assume other national heritages who have lineage killed in the events at the time feel the same about it. On the resolution itself, tough issue – there are a lot of factors at stake here – and important considerations about how efficacious such resolutions are in the first place, as you point out. However:

Did it happen? Yes. Do people still argue that it didn’t happen. Yes. And that is why some people still haven’t gotten “the f*ck over it.” Probably.

2. FITSNews - October 11, 2007


Boeing’s about to lose $1 billion over this thing (see below) …


… wonder how many jobs they’ll have to cut to deal w/ the loss of that contract.

Sorry to have touched an Armenian nerve, but bad things happen, man, and will continue to happen as long as we live in a sinful world.

This kind of a posteriori “Oprah redemption” doesn’t change a thing.


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