WWII was precipitated by WWI. It’s very interesting that WWI involved the Muslim invaders. They had done this marauding through all of their history. The difference is that by WWI, history was beginning to be captured at a much quicker pace and it’s events recorded .
This issue has been highly contentious for decades, with swift condemnations from the Turkish government every time is has been brought up in the past. The Foreign Affairs Committee approved another genocide measure in 2007 with the new Democratic Congress, prompting Turkey to recall its ambassador as well. Worried that diplomatic reprisals such as denying US access to Turkish air bases used in Iraqi operations could follow, President Bush put immense pressure on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who capitulated and refused to bring the measure for a full vote on the House floor.
“Despite pledging to recognize the Armenian deaths as a genocide during the campaign, President Obama has discouraged the resolution as well, claiming that it has the potential to hurt relations not only between the US and Turkey, but between Turkey and Armenia itself. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was also against the measure, instead supporting a Swiss effort to resolve the historical dispute.”
US lawmakers may vote on Armenian genocide measure:
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House may vote next week on a measure that could damage U.S. relations with critical ally Turkey: a resolution declaring the World War I-era killings of Armenians a genocide.
The vote would be a blow to President Barack Obama by his Democratic allies. House Democratic leaders had long set aside consideration of the draft resolution, and the measure was expected to expire as a new Republican-led House takes office next month.
House aides, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment, said Friday that Democratic leaders have been discussing a possible vote with lawmakers. A spokesman for Speaker Nancy Pelosi had no immediate comment.
Turkey has said frequently that the resolution would drive a wedge in its relations with the United States. It sees the measure as a historical affront. In March after the House Foreign Affairs Committee endorsed the proposed resolution, Turkey withdrew its ambassador from Washington.
Historians estimate that up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks around the time of World War I, an event widely viewed by scholars as the first genocide of the 20th century. Turkey denies that the deaths constituted genocide, saying the toll has been inflated and those killed were victims of civil war and unrest.
The issue is awkward for Obama, who pledged as a presidential candidate to recognize the Armenian deaths as genocide. The administration reversed course, as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton acknowledged Thursday.
Turkey, a NATO ally with a pivotal role for U.S. interests in the Middle East and Afghanistan, has warned that the resolution’s approval could jeopardize U.S-Turkish cooperation and set back negotiations aimed at opening the border between Turkey and Armenia. Turkey also currently holds one of the rotating seats in the United Nations’ Security Council that will have to approve sanctions against Iran.
Armenian American groups have sought congressional affirmation of the killings as genocide for decades.
“We continue to look to the House Democratic leadership to schedule a vote allowing a bipartisan majority to vote for the Armenian Genocide Resolution,” Aram Hamparian, the executive director of the Armenian National Committee of America, said Friday in a statement.
Opponents of the treaty, including the Turkish government, have begun ramping up their lobbying as it became clear that a vote might be in the works shortly before Democrats hand over leadership of the House to Republicans next month.
“We are very concerned that there is a backroom deal going on led by the Democratic leadership to sneak the Armenian resolution through in the final hours of the 111th Congress,” said G. Lincoln McCurdy, president of the Turkish Coalition of America.
The Foreign Affairs Committee approved a similar genocide measure in 2007, but it was not brought to the House floor for a vote following intensive pressure by then-President George W. Bush.