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U.S. should call Armenian genocide by its name


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LA Times
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Media/Opinion
Date:
4/13/2015

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ABSTRACTU.S. should call Armenian genocide by its name - LA Times Opinion Reading Los Angeles: Join The Times' new book club Opinion Editorial Editorial U.S. should call Armenian genocide by its name Caption Pope marks Armenian genocide Gregorio Borgia / Associated Press Pope Francis arrives in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican to preside over an Armenian rite Mass on April 12.  Pope Francis arrives in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican to preside over an Armenian rite Mass on April 12.  (Gregorio Borgia / Associated Press) See more galleries Caption Pope marks Armenian genocide Andreas Solaro / AFP/Getty Images Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, Karekin II, left, attends a papal Mass for Armenian Catholics at the Vatican on April 12. Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, Karekin II, left, attends a papal Mass for Armenian Catholics at the Vatican on April 12. (Andreas Solaro / AFP/Getty Images) See more galleries Caption Pope marks Armenian genocide Andreas Solaro / AFP/Getty Images Pope Francis leads a Mass for Armenian Catholics in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City on April 12. Pope Francis leads a Mass for Armenian Catholics in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City on April 12. (Andreas Solaro / AFP/Getty Images) See more galleries Caption Pope marks Armenian genocide Gregorio Borgia / Associated Press Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, center, arrives to attend an Armenian rite Mass celebrated by Pope Francis at the Vatican on April 12. Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, center, arrives to attend an Armenian rite Mass celebrated by Pope Francis at the Vatican on April 12. (Gregorio Borgia / Associated Press) See more galleries Caption Pope marks Armenian genocide Gregorio Borgia / Associated Press Pope Francis, left, presides over an April 12 Armenian rite Mass at the Vatican to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. Pope Francis, left, presides over an April 12 Armenian rite Mass at the Vatican to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. (Gregorio Borgia / Associated Press) See more galleries Related Galleries RESTART GALLERY By The Times editorial board Europe Middle East Turkey Massacres Barack Obama Pope Francis Opinion Insistence on the truth about Ottoman Empire genocide should not imperil U.S.-Turkey partnership Denial about Ottoman Empire genocide of Armenians a century ago only compounds the crime On Sunday, Pope Francis took the audacious step of celebrating a Mass at St. Peter's Basilica to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians, and then calling those killings by their name: genocide. For that, the Turkish government summoned the Vatican's envoy in Ankara for a talking-to and recalled its own ambassador to the Vatican for “consultation.” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced that “the pope's statement, which is out of touch with both historical facts and legal basis, is simply unacceptable.” l Related Europe Pope Francis' Armenian genocide remarks prompt strong response See all related 8 Obama urged to recognize Armenian genocide as 100th anniversary nears Noah Bierman It's become a frustrating rite for Armenian Americans. Every year, in the days leading up to the April 24 anniversary, advocates have lobbied President Obama to use the word "genocide" to describe the killing of more than 1 million Armenians at the hands of Ottoman Turks in the political upheaval... It's become a frustrating rite for Armenian Americans. Every year, in the days leading up to the April 24 anniversary, advocates have lobbied President Obama to use the word "genocide" to describe the killing of more than 1 million Armenians at the hands of Ottoman Turks in the political upheaval... ( Noah Bierman ) That's right: A full century after the mass killings by the Ottoman Empire, the Turkish government continues to reject the documented historical reality that Turkey was responsible for the first genocide in what turned out to be a century of grotesque ethnic, religious and political violence, from the Holocaust to the Cambodian killing fields to the Rwandan genocide. c Comments @new4147575 do you suffer from a lack of reading comprehension? Look up what "slaughter" means and explain how that's related to calling it a genocide. TrojanHogg at 11:53 AM April 14, 2015 Add a comment See all comments 17 Turkey's disingenuous view compounds the original crime with the insult of denial. (Turkey claims that most Armenian victims were killed in a civil war, and that many Turks also perished at the hands of Armenians.) Yet the U.S. government has been complicit in Turkey's defiance, thanks primarily to a policy of realpolitik that calls for deference to a strategic ally in an increasingly unstable region of the world. That's why American presidents have repeatedly refused to call the genocide a genocide. Turkey's disingenuous view compounds the original cr.......