And I am sure this will boost the sequel of Valley of the Wolves…
Though with less of a majority than expected, the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday again passed a resolution recognizing the mass deportations organized by the Ottoman Committee for Union and Progrss (CUP) as genocide. By a vote of 23-22, the non-binding resolution now waits to be moved to the House floor for a vote by the entire 435-member body, though it is unclear whether House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will do so.
Turkey has furiously recalled its ambassador after US lawmakers voted to brand as “genocide” the killing of Armenians by Ottoman forces during World War I. Despite strong opposition from Turkey and the White House, the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed the symbolic resolution on Thursday and set the stage for a full vote in the House of Representatives. (AFPTV)
A furious Turkey has warned of damage to its ties with the US and protesters have descended on the American embassy after a Congressional panel labelled the Ottoman-era massacre of Armenians as genocide. (AFP/Graphic)
A protester holds a Turkish flag and shouts slogans during a demonstration in front of the US Embassy in Ankara. A furious Turkey warned of damage to its ties with the United States and protestors descended on the US embassy Friday after a Congressional panel labelled the Ottoman-era massacre of Armenians genocide.
With their vote The House Foreign Affairs Committee in Washington DC simply said “Who remembers the ethnic cleansing of Turks and moslems in the Caucasus in 1905 now?” 
23 to 22 vote is an empty victory. There is more traction now for bilateral intensification and progress between Turkey and Armenia as the Diaspora Armenians desperately try to scuttle the ongoing protocol signed in Switzerland. This nonbinding resolution, even if fully ratified will waste the single bullet of the proponents of this resolution against Turkey’s counter argument that basically says the toll has been inflated and those killed were victims of civil war and unrest, not genocide.
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Picture taken in 1915 shows Turkish soldiers standing in front of executed Armenians in Alep. A furious Turkey has warned of damage to its ties with the US and protesters descended on the American embassy after a Congressional panel labelled the Ottoman-era massacre of Armenians as genocide.
Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaks to the media in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, March 5, 2010. Davutoglu on Friday complained of a lack of ‘strategic vision’ in Washington and warned of negative consequences to ties with the United States after a U.S. congressional committee approved a resolution branding the World War I-era killing of Armenians a genocide. The House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee endorsed the resolution, which Turkey sees as a historical affront, over last minute objections of U.S. President Barack Obama. Minutes after the vote, Turkey angrily withdrew its ambassador to Washington.
(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Eren Keskin is vice-president of the Turkish Human Rights Association (IHD) and former president of its Istanbul branch. In 2005, she was awarded the Esslingen-based Theodor Haecker Prize for Civic Courage and Political Integrity. In a column for the Armenian weekly she wrote: ” In 2005, there was a conference in Istanbul. The intellectuals who organized this conference, known as ?the Armenian Conference,? wrote in the call for papers: ?The orders that led to the uprooting of hundreds of thousands of people, and the death and murder of many of them in and after 1915 were, after all, given and executed by a government of the Ottoman Empire (which is not identical to the present Turkish Republic).?
There are moments in a nation?s history when the threats are so great that all political divisions and disagreements need to be thrown aside in an effort to defend the motherland. For Turkey, that moment comes almost once every year, when it?s time for the country to fight yet another attempt to pass a bill in Washington recognizing the Armenian genocide.