Saturday, April 25, 2009

not quite genocide

President Obama issued a statement yesterday on the aniversey of the start of the 1915 Armenian Genocide. Stopping short of calling the actions of Ottomon Turks genocide, Obama said,

"Ninety four years ago, one of the great atrocities of the 20th century began. Each year, we pause to remember the 1.5 million Armenians who were subsequently massacred or marched to their death in the final days of the Ottoman Empire. The Meds Yeghern must live on in our memories, just as it lives on in the hearts of the Armenian people."

The full text of Obama's statement is here.

Candidate Obama on the topic - calls it genocide here
January 30, 2008

Samantha Power's influence is certainly evident.

Here's Power calling for an invasion of Israel

Power on Obama negotiated with U.S. foes

Was Obama following Power's advice at the Summit of the Americas?

from Obama's April 18, 2009 speech at the summit.

"To move forward, we cannot let ourselves be prisoners of past disagreements. I am very grateful that President Ortega -- (applause) -- I'm grateful that President Ortega did not blame me for things that happened when I was three months old. (Laughter.) Too often, an opportunity to build a fresh partnership of the Americas has been undermined by stale debates. And we've heard all these arguments before, these debates that would have us make a false choice between rigid, state-run economies or unbridled and unregulated capitalism; between blame for right-wing paramilitaries or left-wing insurgents; between sticking to inflexible policies with regard to Cuba or denying the full human rights that are owed to the Cuban people."


Or not?

No comments:

Post a Comment