Sunday, 24 April 2011

Armenian Genocide Commemoration Day

Today is Armenian Genocide Commemoration Day. Events are being held across the world to remember those who died in the first great genocide of the modern era. Turkey still refuses to acknowledge the genocide and cowardly western leaders decline to pressure them to do so.

Before ascending to the presidency, Barack Hussein Obama promised to recognise the Armenian genocide when in office. He has refused to do so. Earlier this week, he described the events as "horrific" and used the Armenian term "Meds Yeghern", disappointing Armenian Americans who had hoped for more.

Obama said:

Contested history destabilizes the present and stains the memory of those whose lives were taken, while reckoning with the past lays a sturdy foundation for a peaceful and prosperous shared future.

His remarks provoked anger from both Armenians and Turks:

The Armenian National Committee of Americans called Obama’s use of the phrase contested history "deeply offensive" and "shameful."

Meanwhile, Turkey's ambassador to the US said:

President Obama's statement is a wrongful, distorted and unilateral political description of the history. We deeply regret it.

The video presentation uses a song from the Armenian-American band, System of a Down. You can see more images of the Armenian Genocide here.

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