As a member of the Armenian Genocide Centennial-Fresno Committee, daughter and granddaughter of Armenian Genocide survivors, I would like to thank Bee Executive Editor Jim Boren, his staff and reporters for their exceptional coverage of the Armenian Genocide and various commemorative events.
Through the many stories of Genocide survivors, one can surmise the common thread amongst all Armenians has been survival. To the Ottoman Turks, Armenians were the “Infidel Christians,” destined for extermination. A century later, Turkey’s denial of their sordid past continues. They repeat, “There was no Genocide. Historians will decide.” Overwhelming evidence and worldwide acceptance by historians have proven otherwise.
Recently, Pope Francis angered Turkey when he acknowledged the Genocide stating, “Concealing or denying evil is like allowing a wound to keep bleeding without bandaging it.” Tethered by “ally” Turkey’s leash, President Obama, U.S. politicians and the American government, continue salting that wound. Turkish historian and history professor, Taner Akcam, has stated, “It is necessary to acknowledge the human dignity of victims. Without recognition, the consequent generations cannot properly mourn and heal.”
Reconciliation and healing are impossible without recognition. Mr. Obama, we need that bandage.