New Statement from ADL re: Armenian Genocide

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

As per my previous entry, there has been some internal struggle at the Anti-Defamation League over the issue of the Armenian Genocide. Special thanks to dhonig from My Left Wing, for alerting me to this press release:

In light of the heated controversy that has surrounded the Turkish-Armenian issue in recent weeks, and because of our concern for the unity of the Jewish community at a time of increased threats against the Jewish people, ADL has decided to revisit the tragedy that befell the Armenians.

We have never negated but have always described the painful events of 1915-1918 perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire against the Armenians as massacres and atrocities. On reflection, we have come to share the view of Henry Morgenthau, Sr. that the consequences of those actions were indeed tantamount to genocide. If the word genocide had existed then, they would have called it genocide.

I have consulted with my friend and mentor Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel and other respected historians who acknowledge this consensus. I hope that Turkey will understand that it is Turkey's friends who urge that nation to confront its past and work to reconcile with Armenians over this dark chapter in history.

Having said that, we continue to firmly believe that a Congressional resolution on such matters is a counterproductive diversion and will not foster reconciliation between Turks and Armenians and may put at risk the Turkish Jewish community and the important multilateral relationship between Turkey, Israel and the United States.

And while we're on the subject of dhonig, everyone MUST check out his latest cartoon. Brilliant.


dhonig said...

Aw shucks (blush).

thank you.

Anonymous said...

What the hell is up with BC anyway?? What the heck did you do to bust his balls? Spill coffee on his X-Men comics? What?

For some reason I'm guessing that he was the of the two of you who took wild offence over some small thing and bolted in a fit of pique, but if that's a false assumption do tell.

Why does he think you're such a bitch?


Curmudgette said...

No David,
As you've probably surmised from reading that exchange, it was I who took offense and it wasn't over a small thing. And when I confronted him on some, shall we say, untruths, he deleted the entire blog and disappeared for a while.

As for why he thinks I'm such a bitch, I am a bitch. I'm just not that big a bitch, nor have I ever done anything to him, except call him on a handful of his many lies. But he has a strange concept of right and wrong, so I guess he feels that it was he who was wronged. Amazing, but true.