Winter 2000 (8.4)
the Kettle "Black"
letter was published in the Washington Times, October 18, 2000.]
Your October 12 Editorial, "Genocide by No Other Name"
makes a good point in noting that the "Armenian aggression
against the people of Azerbaijan, who are ethnically and religiously
akin to the Turks, in 1995 led to massive casualties and has
created hundreds and thousands of refugees."
In fact the Armenian aggression which began in 1992, resulted
in the current military occupation of 20 percent of Azerbaijan
and the displacement of a million people - giving Azerbaijan
the world's highest per capita population of internally displaced
persons (IDPs) and refugees. This aggression was preceded by
ethnic cleansing in Armenia, in which more than 200,000 ethnic
Azerbaijanis were exiled from Armenia. In 1992, Armenian forces
massacred hundreds of civilians, including children and the elderly
in the Azerbaijani town of Khojali.
To make matters even worse, in 1992, Armenia lobby group secured
passage of Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act, which denies
most direct assistance from the United states to Azerbaijan,
including for several years, even humanitarian assistance to
the IDP / refugee population.
Given the record, I find it impossible to agree with your conclusion
that the Armenian Genocide Resolution should be passed by the
House of Representatives. Far from being innocent, Armenians
not only have stained their hands with the blood of many Turks,
but also have pursued over a significant historical span, their
aggressive ambitions toward Azerbaijan and other neighbors. In
the words of the British consul in Baku in 1918, Major Ronald
MacDonell, who referred to wide-scale massacres conducted by
Bolshevik-backed Armenian gangs: "There were no Moslems
in the town except corpses." Let me emphasize that all this
transpired at a time to which the resolution in question refers
to as a period of "Armenian genocide."
There are serious moral questions about the motivations behind
this critical ethnically driven resolution. Moreover Congress
certainly should not undermine U.S. strategic objectives, nor
should it damage the uneasy peace process between Armenia and
Azerbaijan Embassy, Washington, D.C.
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