U.S. Owes Armenia Full Recognition of Genocide
The coming gathering of the first committed genocide of the Armenian nation by the Young Turkish Regime in 1915-1923 marks the loss of up to 2 million Armenians, not counting the millions converted to become Turkish Moslems down through the centuries and the millions whom fled to other lands committed by not only by Seljuk Turks, but also Mongol Turks, and Ottoman Turks.
Armenians will be gathering at Lowell City Hall on Saturday, April 20 at 10 a.m. to commemorate this 1st Holocaust on its 104th anniversary with a march up Merrimack Street with the Armenian-American vets to the City Hall, with various speakers including the mayor of Lowell and U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan.
That this genocide has yet to be formerly recognized by the U.S. government in this free democracy is shameful, whereas 49 U.S. states out of 50 have so done so. More than 30 nations around the world also have recognized this, France, Germany, Russia, South American countries, etc.
My parents lived in different provinces of historic Armenia, now under Turkish rule. They were both married and both lost their wives, husbands, children, parents and numerous relatives. To this day Turkey has yet to come forward in recognizing this genocide. They tell the U.S. that they are a staunch NATO ally, which is false.
Israel also went through a Holocaust, and also not come forward to recognize the Armenian Genocide. It is a shame that Armenia, the first nation to adopt Christianity in 301 AD, and its well-documented tragedy has yet to be fully recognized by this great democratic society.
STEPHEN T. DULGARIAN