Mr. Krikorian is correct when he says:
First of all, it is simply inarguable that the Ottoman Empire tried to eradicate the Armenian people under the cover of World War I.
Why then do so many prominent Americans keep arguing against it, hedging their statements or tying themselves into knots to trivialise the events? Of course, it is, or rather ought to be, inarguable, but so long as Ankara’s apologists are able to retain any credibility and cast doubt on the matter there will be a continuing “debate.”
He’s also right when he says:
Our policy toward modern Turkey should have nothing whatsoever to do with acknowledgement of the Armenian Genocide. But caving to Turkish pressure never to use “Armenian” and “genocide” in the same sentence is what has given the current resolution its impetus.
Critics are right that Congress has no business weighing in on historical controversies. But there is no controversy here [bold mine-DL]. This isn’t even a matter of the polite fictions necessary to international diplomacy. Denying the Armenian Genocide is simply a lie, and a lie propagated at the behest of a foreign power. It’s unworthy of us.
Amen to that.