106 Resolution Support Vanes While The Times Report of Armenian Genocide from Friday October 8, 1915 is Getting into Circulation

Several days ago JLiving Notes was speculating, that the 106 resolution on Armenian Genocide adopted by the House Committee, will remain the focal point of many blog discussions for the days to come, saying he wants to believe, that for once historical justice will win (asking sceptically – if there is such thing at all). The British Times have been digging their archives and come up with more “hard” facts to support the Congress decision – the full text of this report from October 8, 1995 has already circulated through a large number of Armenian blogs, with the HayBlog and Kornelij Glas among the first to come up with the story.

To one who remembers the rejoicings which welcomed the bloodless Turkish Revolution of 1908, the fraternization of Британская Times перепечатала статью о резне армян, опубликованную 8 октября 1915 годаMoslem and Christian, the confidence in a better future for the Armenians which survived even the Adana massacre of 1909, the story of the systematic persecution of the Armenians of Turkey is a bitter tale to tell. Talaat Bey and his extremist allies have out-Hamided Abdul Hamid. They have even shocked their German friends, thus attaining eminence in “frightfulness” to which the “Red Sultan” never soared.

Meanwhile, Blogian says “Democrats Prostituting Under Turkish Sword“, and quotes the report by the New York Times, saying that “Over a dozen democrats have dropped their support for the Armenian Genocide resolution in the last 24 hours”.

Uzogh is not impressed though, this is “democracy in action” he says, pointing to this list of Congressmen supporting the resolution at the moment, and noting, that while the number has dropped from 226 to 218, there is still enough support to pass the resolution in the 435 seat Congresss.

Artur Papyan

Journalist, blogger, digital security and media consultant


  1. Nobody should be surprised. This always happens as I pointed out in your last post on the subject. And yes, this is “democracy in action.” The U.S. is having to weigh up national security and foreign policy concerns and objectives against an event which for them is something that happened nearly 100 years ago. Critics also argue that as similar events have happened and are happening in the here and now, why were the Democrats so concerned now.
    Well, as usual, it’s pre-election year and the Armenian-American vote is sought after by those Democrats. Others say it is a way to disrupt U.S. engagement in Iraq, Whichever way it goes, few believe that Pelosi was guided by principles. Now it seems that she is aware of the political fall-out in the U.S. and appears to be backtracking on the resolution as well. Whether it gets to the floor or not, one supposes that more and more of those initially supporting the resolution will back out.
    It’s always been like that. Nothing has really changed to make this time any different. It would be naive to think otherwise.
    Anyway, full coverage, including links to Turkish and foreign blogs, is at:

  2. Pelosi Backtracks on Armenian Genocide Resolution
    It should come as no surprise considering the political fallout from the adoption last week of HR 106 that U.S. Congress Speaker Nancy Pelosi is reported to be backtracking from the resolution that would recognize the Armenian Genocide. This always happens, and The Financial Times reports that now is no different.

    […] on Wednesday, facing increasing criticism and high-profile defections from among the bill’s supporters, she toned down her commitment to take it to a full House vote. “Whether it will come up or not and what the action will be remains to be seen,” she said.
    This week declared support for the bill fell below the level needed for House approval – at least 10 members of Congress withdrew their backing, in addition to several others who peeled off earlier this year. As of Wednesday, the bill had 215 sponsors or co-sponsors in the 435-member House.

    BTW: Any plans for demonstrations outside the U.S. Embassy? It would be interesting to see if Sksela would hold such a rally, and especially in cooperation with other youth groups of different political persuasions.
    It’s interesting to note that the Turks protest against the resolution, but Armenians here aren’t demonstrating in its support, especially now that it looks likely to be prevented from reaching Congress.
    It’s perhaps for this reason that the international media is so far concerned only with reactions in the U.S. and Turkey. It appears to be totally uninterested in the reaction inside Armenia, and probably for that reason. Simply put, unlike the Diaspora, Armenians in the republic are passive.
    Of course, one supposes that no Western embassy would fund such an event, but that’s not the point. Money isn’t actually needed. Just the desire to hold a demonstration that isn’t linked to the coming election.

  3. BTW: Katy, interesting article. It was especially interesting to read what Taner Akcam thinks on the matter:

    Akcam argues that a long-term solution requires much more than a U.S. resolution. He says two steps are necessary: Turkey and Armenia must establish normal relations, and Turks must learn that confronting their history does not threaten their Turkish identity, but strengthens it. This means that Turks should look at the conflict not as a zero-sum game in which any Armenian gain is a Turkish loss, but as a necessary part of the process of becoming a democratic nation. It’s an approach to resolving bitter historical grievances called “transitional justice,” and it has been effective in helping resolve historical grievances between Germany and the Czech Republic, within South Africa and in other places.
    The Armenians, too, need to rethink their approach, Akcam said. In the new paradigm, the Armenian diaspora would present its policy not as being totally against Turkey, but for a new democratic Turkey. “Until now this was a conventional war between Turkey and Armenian diaspora, and congressional resolutions were the effective weapon in this conventional war,” Akcam said. “What I’m saying is we should stop thinking in these conventional ways.”

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