Cramping our style
Submitted by vastleft on Wed, 2007-10-10 10:04.
Turkey — and George W. Bush who relies on Asia Minor as a transportation hub in his war on logic — is up in arms about a pending Congressional vote declaring the massive, early 20th-century killings of Armenians a genocide.Reply:
“I have been trying to warn the (U.S.) lawmakers not to make a historic mistake,” said Egemen Bagis, a close foreign policy adviser to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
How dare some foreigner ask the U.S. Congress to stop making historic mistakes in a time of war!
As to the genocide/not-genocide and resolution/no-resolution debate, I’ll defer to those better-informed than I. Anyone care to educate?
This is an "appeasement" measure/vote.
Submitted by Woody--Tokin Librul on Wed, 2007-10-10 10:32.
Xians are desperate to reclaim ’genocide’ from the Jews. Until the 1930s Xians had clung—through the institution of ’martyrdom’—the label of most durable, most persecuted religion. They see the Jews as having usurped their crown-of-thorns.If there are any subsequent postings, I'll add 'em.
Armenians were/are (mostly Eastern Rite) “Xians.”
By condemning Turkey (it was the “ottomans” —no, not the footrests) for “(Xian) genocide,” the measure appeals to both the persecutionist Xians (and that’s most of ’em), who need to reclaim ’genocide’ to reclaim the moral ’high ground,’ and the anti-islam xenophobes who just detest Levanters on principle, they appeal to two essential constituencies.
Add to this, there’s a pretty good chance that Turkish military unit are already chasing renegade Kurds over the border into Iraq. It’s only a matter of time until there’s a fatal clash between Turkish and US units. Not “if,” “WHEN.”
SO this is really dangerous, cuz the Turks are 1) numerous, 2) nationalists, 3) well-armed with (top-of-the-line-minus-1) USer/NATO equipment.
The ripples of the Bushevik bare-nekkid plunge into Iraq are spreading and growing.
We won’t know the full extent and reach of the damage these fuckers have caused—with the compliance/complicity of BOTH political parties—for 30 years, if EVER…
Me? A Quick Study, But A Slow Learner