Here’s a response I got from Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, asking her to support US recognition of the Armenian genocide:
Thank you for contacting me regarding the historical conflict between the Turkish and Armenian peoples. I welcome your thoughts and comments on this issue.
There have been too many instances in history in which regional, religious, or ethnic hostilities have led to atrocities. We strongly condemn such action and grieve for the innocent victims. The matter between Turkey and Armenia will best be resolved by both sides examining the past and together moving forward. The U.S. should exercise its unique capabilities as a democratic superpower by encouraging such reconciliations.
I appreciate hearing from you and hope you will not hesitate to keep in touch on any issue of concern to you.
You say in response to my concern about recognition of the Armenian genocide, “The matter between Turkey and Armenia will best be resolved by both sides examining the past and together moving forward.”
Is this what you would say in regard to the Holocaust? That the US should be a neutral reconciler between Germans and Jews? Your response is characterized sadly by an amoral perspective, and a failure to recognize this was not a conflict between peoples, but was a governmental attempt at extermination of a people–and the Turkish government is in the same position now as those who would deny that the Holocaust of the Jews took place.