EDITORIAL: Contradiction of Obama

Earlier this month ANC Chairman, Ken Hachikian, sent a public letter to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressing the Armenian-American community’s outrage at her recent dismissal of the Armenian Genocide. The same Hillary Clinton who, four years ago, firmly stated that “the horrible events perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire against Armenians constitute a clear case of genocide”, now brushes the topic off as “a matter of historical debate”. This is a complete contradiction in viewpoints and stands as yet another example of flagrant deceit to Armenians, not to mention blatant lack of respect toward human rights as a whole. She’s now joined the ranks alongside Barack Obama, Joe Biden and countless others in turning their back on integrity. In doing so she contributes to the continued denial of one of the greatest crimes against humanity of recent ages. The near future will dictate whether Sarkozy too can be named amongst these.

Barack Obama affirmed in 2008 that “the United States must recognise the events of 1915 to 1923, carried out by the Ottoman Empire, as genocide. The Bush administration’s refusal to do so is inexcusable.” Yet despite this, Obama, who is nearing the end of his presidential term, has effected little action to back these statements. On the contrary, his administration has done much the opposite of what it had so convincingly promised. Just this month Obama called for a sharp 19% reduction in aid to Armenia. This is also the administration which pushed Armenia into abandoning principles in accepting the Protocols. This is hardly consistent with the Senator who was so focused on truth and justice for us before he came to be known as the most powerful man on the planet – a position he was appointed not least due to his seemingly honest nature.

Being lied to is nothing new to Armenians; we have forever fallen victim to dishonest figures and broken promises. However, despite having a share of helpful allies too we should nonetheless develop a more self-reliant system. As a People scattered across the globe we are at an advantage in that we can reach a wide audience. We’ve also experienced and developed expertise from around the world in fields from medicine to construction to law. If Armenia could only embrace these skills we would find ourselves in a much stronger position.

It is true that living in Armenia has its hardships and its own unjust statesmen too, but we must be understanding that our Republic is still young. In turn our Republic should harness the Diasporan skills, rather than beleaguering those individuals that bring them back Home, so that we may all be tempted to make our inevitable journey back home sooner.

— Vahe Boghosian, AYF London

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