The Turkish government’s continued denial of the Armenian genocide constitutes a “second killing.” Denying the Armenian genocide creates regional tension, ignores history, and makes it impossible to learn from the lessons of history. For these reasons, the House should express its sense that it should be official U.S. policy to recognize the genocide and educate Americans about it.
The Turkish government — which is a key U.S. and Western ally in the Middle East — denies the characterization of Armenians’ deaths over the period 1915 to the early 1920s as genocide. It argues that calling it a “genocide” draws a false comparison to the Nazi Holocaust. Passing this resolution would anger Turkey, jeopardizing an important alliance the U.S. needs.