Skip to comments.Turkey’s Top General: "The US Shot Itself in the Foot"
Posted on 10/15/2007 5:06:41 PM PDT by cool2007
The US shot itself in the foot, commented the Chief of General Staff General Yaşar Büyükanıt after a US congressional vote branding the killing of Armenians in 1915-17 as genocide, Milliyet reported yesterday. In an interview with the daily, Büyükanıt said if the non-binding resolution that passed in a House committee last week was to be adopted in the House too, Turkish-US military ties would never be the same again.
The general expressed the opinion that world parliaments had no business in judging history. He said, The US is a very important ally of ours, but an ally does not act like this.
This week, General Buyukanit will visit Israel.
Blame Nancy Pelosi. He is responding to her treason. Where is the outrage? Are we all “Joe Six Pack” as Bill Clinton maintains?
United States - House of Representatives
April 9, 1975
To designate April 24, 1975, as “National Day of Remembrance of Man’s Inhumanity to Man”.
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That April 24, 1975, is hereby designated as “National Day of Remembrance of Man’s Inhumanity to Man”, and the President of the United States is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe such day as a day of remembrance for all the victims of genocide, especially those of Armenian ancestry who succumbed to the genocide perpetrated in 1915, and in whose memory this date is commemorated by all Armenians and their friends throughout the world.
Passed the House of Representatives April 8, 1975.
Attest: W. Pat Jennings, Clerk.
United States - House of Representatives
September 12, 1984
To designate April 24, 1985, as “National Day of Remembrance of Man’s Inhumanity to Man”.
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That April 24, 1985, is hereby designated as “National Day of Remembrance of Man’s Inhumanity to Man”, and the President of the United States is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe such day as a day of remembrance for all the victims of genocide, especially the one and one-half million people of Armenian ancestry who were the victims of the genocide perpetrated in Turkey between 1915 and 1923, and in whose memory this date is commemorated by all Armenians and their friends throughout the world.
Passed the House of Representatives September 10, 1984.
Attest: Benjamin J. Guthrie, Clerk.
So you think it’s a bunch of crap that 70% of our war effort supplies enter Iraq through Turkey? Oh really?
I seriously doubt our troops do.
If Turkey is nothing more than another Islamic state, why is it that they are good trading partners with Israel, and seem to have no qualms about contributing in a positive manner to Israel’s economy?
Really? Is that the only consideration here?
Boy, that’s good to know since our military’s supply lines go through Turkey, and there is absolutely no one left alive in Turkey responsible for anything that happened in WWI. However, since we have about 120,000 active duty personnel in the region, and since the US seems to pick up the historical check for any moron with a theory about who owes whom,
I guess that will be OK seeing our troops run out of ammo in the middle of a firefight. Al Qaeda is on the ropes there, so this will be perfect timing on our part, since the very best thing to do historically is make war on the US. We’ll bomb you back to the stone age, and then rebuild you better than we have it stateside.
And since we have a moral obligation to take on the actions of people long since dead, I suppose you’ll be the one handing your property over to some unnamed African American representative in compensation for something you had absolutely NOTHING to do with over 200 years ago.
The Jews will also be suing the Egyptians, and the Spaniards the Muslims, and so on and so on.
It’s your precise point of view that helped usher in WWI in the first place. Entangling alliances and bad nationalism. The irony is actually perfect.
Plus, the Ottoman Empire did the dirty deed. That empire consisted of a fair number of provinces which are now reconfigured as various states.
Which state do we condemn? Or, do we condemn all of them? Who should be punished? How should they be punished?
After WWI it was determined that the Ottoman Empire should be destroyed, carved up into smaller states, then the people who lived there punished through the imposition of various dictatorships.
What more should be done?
More like Nancy Pelosi shot us in the BACK.
There. Fixed it for ya.
The Democrats in the United States congress as well as more than a few Republicans are just plain treasonous! There is no other word to describe what they are doing,, how they are talking and acting!
The Rats are tricky, NEVER give any credibility to what they SAY.
Yes and no. While all those places and peoples had their influence, they were the dominate forces of the Empire.
But you are correct. The British and French (mostly) created the "Peace to End All Peace" (A book I could not finish, but with a very appropriate title), in the area.
That's what happens when you let foreign ministry types craft the terms of ending a war, instead of the "Admiralties" and "War Departments". Our own State Department being a prime example of such an effect.
I highly doubt any of the current Turks did anything to the Armenians 80 years ago. This “resolution” is nothing but an attempt to piss off an ally.
WWI, that was like 90 years ago. What’s the purpose of bringing this up now? Why didn’t earlier congresses label this act as genocide? How does acknowledging the genocide change the results? More grandstanding from the stupid democrats.
I totally agree. An absolute new low. They'll go further, I suspect.
Yea, we are, even those of us who don't care for cervesa. So were the members of the Sons of Liberty and similar groups. They, like us, were also heavily armed. But they were better organized.
The US government has no business condemning an ally goverment over issues that happened 80+ years ago under the leadership of people who are long dead. This was a subversive move by a DEMOCRAT house panel, not the full house, to cripple US/Turkey relations with regard to the WOT.
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