Trump Fails to Properly Characterize Armenian Genocide

Credit Courtesy          TOUR DE FORCE Oscar Isaac center with Charlotte Le Bon and Christian Bale and top right with Bale stars in ‘The Promise

Credit Courtesy TOUR DE FORCE Oscar Isaac center with Charlotte Le Bon and Christian Bale and top right with Bale stars in ‘The Promise

"Today, we remember and honor the memory of those who suffered during the Meds Yeghern, one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century".

WASHINGTON-The White House issued President Donald Trump's statement on the Armenian Genocide, in which the president did not use the term genocide to describe the events of 1915, once again giving cover to Turkish denials.

The Armenian Genocide was recognized by Uruguay, Russia, France, Lithuania, Italy, 45 US states, Greece, Cyprus, Lebanon, Argentina, Belgium, Austria, Wales, Switzerland, Canada, Poland, Venezuela, Chile, Bolivia, the Vatican, Luxembourg, Brazil, Germany, the Netherlands, Paraguay, Sweden, Venezuela, Slovakia, Syria, Vatican, as well as the European Parliament and the World Council of Churches.

Tens of thousands of people plan to rally Monday outside the Turkish Consulate in Los Angeles to mark the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian genocide, which Turkey insists did not happen. "I join the Armenian community in America and around the world in mourning the loss of innocent lives and the suffering endured by so many", said Trump in his statement.

Trump's statement acknowledged the heated debate over the term genocide.

Between 1915-1923, more than 1.5 million Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire and then Turkey were killed, pressed into labor or deported on death marches.

"We must admit, that this is another, perhaps a more improved manifestation, of covering up and denying the crime of the Armenian Genocide".

Now, Taner Akcam, a Turkish historian at Clark University in Worcester, Mass., who has studied the genocide for decades by piecing together documents from around the world to establish state complicity in the killings, said he has unearthed an original telegram from the trials, in an archive held by the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem. The practice of genocide has occurred throughout human history.

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