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Graham Cravenly Blocks the Armenian Genocide Resolution

Lindsey Graham stooped to a new low when he blocked the resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide:

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., blocked a congressional resolution Wednesday that would have recognized the Armenian genocide by Ottoman Turks hours after he and President Trump met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Graham objected to passing H.Res.296, according to The Hill, saying senators shouldn’t “sugarcoat history or try to rewrite it.” Graham’s office did not comment on the matter in response to a Fox News request.

Graham is cravenly doing the Turkish government’s bidding here. His reason for blocking the resolution is absurd. The resolution passed by the House neither “sugarcoats” nor “rewrites” history. It affirms the findings of the overwhelming consensus of scholars on the subject that the slaughter and displacement of Armenians and other minorities in the Ottoman Empire between 1915 and 1923 was indeed a genocide orchestrated and carried out by the Ottoman government. In fact, it was the genocide that led to the original definition of the term in the mid-twentieth century. Graham is carrying water for genocide denialists. It is an insult to the victims of the genocide and their descendants to block this resolution.

The U.S. government has indulged the Turkish government on this question for decades, and that was a terrible mistake that needs to be rectified. It is high time that our government stop caving in to genocide denial. This was the best opportunity Congress has had in years to break with the old pattern, and Graham wrecked it as a favor to Erdogan. The only people trying to rewrite history are the ones that don’t want to recognize the Armenian genocide for what it was. If Graham were genuinely opposed to politicized distortions of history, he would not have blocked the resolution. Of course, he has no problem with such distortions, and that is why he has sided with genocide denialists against the vast majority of his Congressional colleagues.

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Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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