Jewish Journal

Anti-American protests in Turkey

by Brad A. Greenberg

October 11, 2007 | 9:53 am

ISTANBUL, Oct. 11 — Turkey reacted angrily today to a House committee vote in Washington on Wednesday that condemned the mass killings of Armenians in Turkey during World War I as an act of genocide, calling the decision “unacceptable.”

In a rare and uncharacteristically strong condemnation, President Abdullah Gul criticized the vote by the House Foreign Relations Committee and warned that the decision could work against the United States.

“Unfortunately, some politicians in the United States have once more dismissed calls for common sense, and made an attempt to sacrifice big issues for minor domestic political games,” Mr. Gul said in a statement to the semi-official Anatolian News Agency. “This is not a type of attitude that works to the benefit of, and suits, representatives of a great power like the Unites States of America. This unacceptable decision of the committee, like similar ones in the past, has no validity and is not worthy of the respect of the Turkish people.”


OK, Turkey, I know we’ve confused you with our history of morality on a politically convenient basis. But the U.S. is right on this, and, remember, the European Union has told you to man up to your imperial past or be kept out of their cool club.  I particularly enjoy the president’s use of the phrase “common sense” when what he really means is “strategic sense.”

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