SHAMEFUL: Putin Makes Huge Gesture to Honor Xtians Murdered by Muslims… Obama Silent
This year, while world leaders everywhere were giving speeches and discussing the attack, Russian President Vladimir Putin raised the stakes by calling the attack what it was: genocide.
“April 24, 1915, is a mournful date, related to one of the most horrendous and dramatic events in human history, the genocide of the Armenian people,” Putin said in a letter to the World Without Genocide commemorative event that was later posted on the Kremlin website.
Putin’s comments come just a day after the Austrian government issued a similar statement, also declaring the attacks an act of genocide.
“It is our duty to acknowledge and condemn these terrible events as genocide because of our historical responsibility; the Austro-Hungarian monarchy was an ally of the Ottoman Empire in World War I,” the Austrian Parliament said in a statement. “It is also Turkey’s duty to honestly face the dark and painful chapters of its history.”
According to reports, Austria and Turkey were working toward normalizing relations, but since this declaration, Turkey has withdrawn its ambassador from Vienna and spoken out against the claim.
“This declaration … has caused outrage for us,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “We reject this biased attitude of the Austrian parliament, trying to lecture others on history, which has no room in today’s world,” the statement said.
Turkey acknowledges that Armenians were killed by Ottoman forces during World War I, but they deny that there was a organized attack on civilians amounting to “genocide” (H/T Hurriyet Daily News).
The list of leaders and governments recognizing the Ottoman attack as genocide was growing, with Germany being the next country set to adopt the term and the Vatican City already having declared the killings genocide earlier this month.
But while President Barack Obama issued a statement addressing the anniversary of the attacks, the word “genocide” was nowhere to be found. Harsh terms like “massacre,” “terrible carnage,” and a “dark chapter of history” were thrown about, but he never did make the bold statement that Putin and others made.
“I would not want Obama to use the word ‘genocide,’ and I would not expect such a thing,” said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at a joint press conference with Iraqi President Fuad Masum.
One can only speculate why Obama would not call the attack “genocide” like so many other world leaders are doing. Either he is afraid of offending the Turkish government or he does not personally hold the belief that the Ottoman attack on the Armenians was an act of genocide.
Or it could be a combination of the two. The Ottoman Empire was a Muslim stronghold while the Armenians they were slaughtered 100 years ago were mostly Christians.
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