Following the surprising House Panel vote yesterday that tested the durability of Turkey’s relationship with the United States, the Obama administration’s Secretary of State Hilary Clinton announced the intent of the administration to go against the decision of labelling the Great Calamity as a genocide. President Obama broke one of his campaign promises to have the U.S officially recognize the Great Calamity as a “genocide” yet due to political circumstances has changed his stance on the issue publicly.
Relief should be widespread everywhere for the time being and weary applause should (in opinion) be given for the Obama administration’s quick actions on the House Panel’s vote and Turkey’s reaction towards it. The Armenian genocide (pushing aside Turkey’s stance on the topic for now) was disgusting as any other such atrocities are, yet it would’ve been simply foolish to strain diplomatic relationships with the most pro-U.S/Western country among the Arab countries. Turkey’s contributions range from stabilization efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan while holding much influence on some of the world’s affairs along with holding a typical Middle Eastern, albeit important location for oil and other resources for the benefit of the Western world in terms of economics.
Some do not realize the serious implications that would’ve occured if actions weren’t taken against the official recognition of the Armenian genocide. Just immediately after, the Turkish government and people protested the U.S House Panel’s vote, beyond such protests from one of the world’s more developed countries the passing of this vote into the actual Congress and above would have harmed Armenia’s recent and historical attempts to reconcile with Turkey alongside with the harming of the American-Turkish relationship. There also would’ve been much more less sanctions, now a lesser possibility of Turkish sanctions against Iran if Turkey had been given the wrong impression of U.S actions. It should be kept in mind that there are current human rights being whittled down by the government in Iran and that is certainly more important than jeopardizing a vital alliance for the sake of a past genocide that will end up giving more challenges to the international community.
A few humanitarian activists online in Twitter and other social media screamed out for the U.S recognition of the Armenian genocide insisting that ignoring it would be immoral and would hurt, in the eyes of the world, the image of the U.S as it will show that the country prefers political matters over a genocide of fellow human beings and general human rights. Others have responded that there is a similar relationship between China and America on the issues of censorship and certain human rights in the Asian country, and that this is not the first time human rights and politics have not clashed with each other thus politics should be considered first before any moves are taken that might “tick off” the other side.
While opinions may obviously differ on whether or not it was a genocide or it should be recognized in spite of the current political situation, it is a ‘relief’ to say that the U.S narrowly avoided a diplomatic disaster.
- Contributed By: Linxy