President Obama should honor his campaign pledge to commemorate the Armenian Genocide and Congress should enact legislation calling for a truthful and just resolution of this still unpunished crime.
The Republic of Turkey continues to enforce a gag-rule against truthful U.S. recognition of the Armenian Genocide, despite the overwhelming evidence documenting this crime.
Turkey's campaign to deny the truth and obstruct justice for the Armenian Genocide seeks to erase from world history the more than two million victims killed by Ottoman Turkey's and later the Republic of Turkey's during systematic and deliberate massacres and deportations of Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks, and other Christians between 1915 and 1923. Turkey continues to consolidate the fruits of this crime, benefiting from the theft of vast assets and the exile of ancient nations from their historic homelands.
Despite formal recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the U.S. government in 1951 and 1981, successive U.S. Administrations, fearful of offending Turkey, have effectively supported the Turkish government's revisionism by opposing passage of Congressional Armenian Genocide resolutions and objecting to the use of the word "genocide" to describe the systematic destruction of the Armenian people.
The U.S. government, rather than supporting Turkey's denials, should pressure Turkey to come to terms with its past.
A just resolution of the Armenian Genocide would decrease regional tensions, open the door to improved Armenia-Turkey relations, help reform Turkey into a pluralist and tolerant society, and contribute to an end to the cycle of genocide.