Monday, October 22, 2007

Commentaries: Editorial: Anger in Ankara, the Israeli Lobby to the Rescue

Monday, October 22, 2007
By George Gregoriou
The whole world knows it was genocide but are tiptoeing around Turkey for fear of offending their national ego. How long will this last? George says "This rewarding of Turkish arrogance and denial of the genocide, in the service of US imperial interests, cannot be sustained at the expense of a long list of victims who happened to be in the strategic pathways of controlling the oil resources of the world and the global economy."
The wolves are showing their teeth. Why the anger? It is only a non-binding vote in the Foreign Relations Committee. It is not a recognition that genocide was committed against the Armenians in 1915. The New YorkTimes, for the first time, referred to the Armenian genocide of 1915 to 1918! That was a few days {years?} ago. Today, 10/13/07, there was more on the 1915 genocide. How about the genocide from the 1870s to 1920s? But, there is no need to worry. There is no chance of its being voted in the U.S. Congress. The most powerful lobby in the United States, the Israel lobby, will not allow it. This lobby is so powerful, anyone running for office, for the presidency or Congress, must have the seal of approval from the Jewish lobby or that person is politically finished. Remember how Hilary embraced Mrs. Arafat and the two-state solution and then had to re-embrace the agenda of the Israeli government? These zigzags are the real policies, just opportunism. The principles are for the voters.


These troubles are just the beginning. This axis of denial (Ankara, Washington, Jerusalem, and London) cannot carry on forever. The chickens are coming home to roost. This axis is already unraveling, in Iraq, the Middle East, and the Islamic world. It will continue to unravel because the policies will remain the same, and anti-Americanism {wilol increase} throughout the world.


**George Gregoriou
Professor, Critical Theory and Geopolitics

***Special Note: Professor Gregoriou is part of a team of writers researching and writing a manuscript on the genocide in the Ottoman Empire and Turkey. The contribution already submitted is on “The Genocide of the Greeks in Anatolia and the Politics of Turkish Denial.” This manuscript is being prepared for publication in Europe in the near future.

Note: Above are excerpts from the article. The full article appears here. Clarifications and comments by me are contained in {}. Deletions are marked by [...]. The bold emphasis is mine.



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