Why not? Why must so many feel it necessary to aid and abet this brazen denial of a jihad-related genocide? The denial of the Armenian Genocide is of a piece with the self-serving mythology that Islamic apologists have created about tolerant, multicultural Muslim Spain, the tolerant Ottoman Empire, and much more. Western non-Muslims who buy into these myths should do the necessary legwork to inform themselves of the truth.
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama on Friday refrained from branding the massacre of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians in Turkey a “genocide,” breaking a campaign promise while contending his views about the 20th century slaughter had not changed.
The phrasing of Obama’s written statement attracted heightened scrutiny because of the sensitivity of the issue and because the two countries are nearing a historic reconciliation after years of tension. The Obama administration is wary of disturbing that settlement.
Marking the grim anniversary of the start of the killings, the president referred to them as “one of the great atrocities of the 20th century.”
“I have consistently stated my own view of what occurred in 1915, and my view of that history has not changed,” Obama said. “My interest remains the achievement of a full, frank and just acknowledgment of the facts.”