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Biden tells it like it is: The killing of Armenians in WWI was “genocide”

Sunday, April 25th 2021 - 14:12 UTC
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Biden called it “genocide” but the Turkish government of President Erdogan claimed the statement was politically motivated. Biden called it “genocide” but the Turkish government of President Erdogan claimed the statement was politically motivated.

US President Joseph Biden tells it like it is and calls the massacre of as many as 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire during World War I “a genocide.”

Biden made his announcement Saturday, on the day Armenians worldwide mark Genocide Remembrance Day. “We remember the lives of all those who died in the Ottoman-era Armenian genocide and recommit ourselves to preventing such an atrocity from ever again occurring,” he said.

On the other hand, Turkey, a US regional ally and NATO member, has dubbed Biden's move as pure “political opportunism” and summoned the US ambassador to convey Ankara's “rejection” of the term. Biden had notified his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, of his decision during a phone call on Friday.

The US President went on: “And we remember, so that we remain ever-vigilant against the corrosive influence of hate in all its forms ... The American people honor all those Armenians who perished in the genocide that began 106 years ago today ... We affirm the history. We do this not to cast blame but to ensure that what happened is never repeated,” he added.

Biden’s words came amid a growing rift between the US and Turkey, who has long acknowledged the deaths but steadfastly denied that the killings were systematically orchestrated and constitute a genocide.

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry rejected Biden’s declaration as being without any “scholarly and legal basis” and said the conditions required to describe the events as a “genocide” are not met under international law.

“The nature of the events of 1915 does not change according to the current political motives of the politicians or domestic political considerations. Such an attitude serves only a vulgar distortion of history,” the ministry said in a statement.

And Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also tweeted: “We have nothing to learn from anybody on our own past.”

Already 56 years ago, Uruguay became the first country ever to call it a genocide, through the Resolution of the General Assembly of Uruguay of April 22, 1965 which said: “This year 1965 marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most terrible genocides that history has known. In the lands of the Near East, in what was the old and already decadent Ottoman Empire, the pilgrimage to the death of the Armenian people, whose construction had previously determined such a young and ruthless nucleus of politicians.” And the text also addressed the issue of systematic killings: “... an entire town was condemned to die. It was intended to dispose of a minority in a country, which was then more than a million people, and it was intended to be done through the process of physically annihilating all its members.”

Armenians, who marked Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day with ceremonies and rallies on Saturday, have for years appealed to the US and other countries around the world to recognise the killings as a genocide.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan welcomed Biden’s statement on Saturday, saying “the US has once again demonstrated its unwavering commitment to protecting human rights and universal values.”

In 2019, the US Congress passed a symbolic resolution recognizing the “Armenian genocide”, but then-President Donald Trump rejected the measure.

Earlier on Saturday, Turkish parliamentary speaker Mustafa Sentop said recognising the killings as genocide would be “a political statement with no legal basis”.

Turkish presidential spokesperson Fahrettin Altun also said this week that the designation would be “a slander that has no connection with the facts and is only fuelled by political calculations”.

“It is an emotional, irrational and illegitimate accusation,” Altun said.

US-Turkish relations have been strained in recent years over a number of issues, including Ankara’s purchase of Russian-made S-400 missile defence systems.


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  • Pugol-H

    ‘Full O’ Shit’
    ‘Whether, I been to Brazil or not’, is no longer the question, unless you are trying to retract your previous statements of:

    Exhibit 1:

    ‘I have eaten more than my share of Brazilian churrascaría, both in Brazil and else where.’

    Exhibit 2:

    ‘Thank you for confirming I have been in Brazil.’

    The question is therefore Dimbo, where is the evidence to support your claim?

    By the way, as the ‘FAT belly and SKINNY arms!’ and ‘severe deterioration of his teeth’, comments obviously upset you so much, why do you keep re-posting them?

    Sucker for punishment or what.

    Apr 28th, 2021 - 10:00 pm +3
  • Pugol-H

    You have driven the idiot into a Copy/Pate frenzy, particularly the ‘obese with skinny arms’ observation, in the picture of someone else’s tankard, seem to have stung the fool.

    Meanwhile, you continue to enjoy the good life I see, which upsets the F*ckwitt even more.

    Saludos de Colonia Nervia Glevensium

    ‘Full O’ Shit’
    So, you admit you claim to have been to Brazil, yes?

    Exhibit 1:

    ‘I have eaten more than my share of Brazilian churrascaría, both in Brazil and else where.’

    Exhibit 2:

    ‘Thank you for confirming I have been in Brazil’

    Answer, yes, by your own words.

    The question is therefore (You know what is coming here, but the suspense is just, so dramatic, don’t you think?) Where is the evidence to support your claim, thicko?

    ‘That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.’

    No proof no truth, remember!

    F*cked up there, didn’t we F*ckwitt, yes you did.

    Apr 27th, 2021 - 10:44 pm +2
  • Pugol-H

    ‘Full O’ Shit’
    No answer then eh, well what could you say, you admit you claim to have been to Brazil, but have no evidence.

    And as Chicureo pointed out, a takeaway churrascaría!!!

    ‘eat my dust’, is this now your new Copy/Paste reply.

    I wonder where that came from???

    Do tell us again about the ‘bags of soiled Bumf in Brazil’.

    ‘That's exactly what I've done liar, liar pants on fire’.

    ‘I am here to give those who engage in inappropriate behaviour, their justly deserved comeuppance’.

    And of course:

    ‘Servile, subservient, fawning, obsequious, sycophantic, excessively deferential, toadying, ingratiating, unctuous, grovelling, cringing, toadyish, sycophantish, abject, craven, humble, Uriah Heepish, self-abasing; informal slimy, bootlicking, sucky, soapy, forelock-tugging, brown-nosing, apple-polishing, arse-licking, bum-sucking; kiss-ass, ass-kissing, suckholing, unoriginal, uninspired, unimaginative, uninventive, non-innovative, imitative, derivative, creeping Jesus.’

    And now ‘eat my dust’, marvellous.

    Such a childlike way with words, slipping into a second childhood are we???

    Apr 29th, 2021 - 10:57 pm +2
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