Friday, January 04, 2008

Has Justice Been Delayed for the Armenians in the Name of Security?

In 1915, 2 million Armenian Christians lived in what is now the country of Turkey. By 1925, at least half of them were dead and most of the others had fled. Why this took place remains a matter of bitter debate between Turkey and anyone who dares to suggest that these were the victims of the first 20th-century genocide.

I have followed this issue off and on for the past several years and recognize how painful and sensitive it is for both Turks and Armenians. Today, Christianity Today online published a significant interview with Mesrob Mutafyan, the patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Turkey and asked him for his response to calls for the international community to label the killing of the Armenians as "genocide" and how Armenians and Turks coexist in Turkey today. It's worth taking a look at.

Last October, the U.S. Congress caused an international firestorm by considering a resolution that labeled the killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks "genocide." But the resolution stalled on the House floor, averting a diplomatic crisis between the U.S. and Turkey.

The incident serves to spotlight complexities in American-Turkish relations that are compounded by long-standing appeals for justice. [click here to read more]

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