The twentieth century was marred by wars of unimaginable brutality, mass murder and genocide. History records that the Armenians were the first people of the last century to have endured these cruelties. The Armenians were subjected to a genocidal campaign that defies comprehension and commands all decent people to remember and acknowledge the facts and lessons of an awful crime in a century of bloody crimes against humanity. If elected President, I would ensure that our nation properly recognizes the tragic suffering of the Armenian people.
I urge members to oppose the Armenian genocide resolution now being considered by the House Foreign Affairs Committee. We all deeply regret the tragic suffering of the Armenian people that began in 1915. This resolution is not the right response to these historic mass killings, and its passage would do great harm to our relations with a key ally in NATO and in the global war on terror.
Any proper accounting of George W. Bush’s character will record the fact that his choice of words to describe the Armenian genocide — including empty meditations on the “tragedy” and the “suffering” and the meaningless expressions of “regret” — reflects not merely the preferred, minimizing language of the Turkish government, but could just as easily have been lifted from the memoirs of Mehmed Talaat, the Ottoman interior minister who in April 1915 ordered the relocation of all Armenians to the Syrian desert of Der Zor.