Turkish Tanks being deployed to the Iraqi border.
The bones of Armenians killed in the Genocide.
איז עס מערנישט מיר, אָדער איז דער װאָך אײן פֿון דעם װאָכן
? װוּ דאָכט זיך אַז די װעלט איז גײן צעפֿאַלן
I'm really fed up with the Turkish government. First, their almost century long denial of the Armenian genocide, and now all this bullshit with Iraq. In case your out of the loop, their Parliament just approved an invasion of Iraqi Kurdistan to fight PKK rebels, potentially bringing chaos and instability to the relatively (only) peaceful part of Iraq. From my perspective I'm not even sure if their pulling this shit because the PKK is a threat to their security, or their just "punishing" the House Committee on Foreign Affairs for acknowledging the Armenian Genocide. My fear is that the Turkish government is backwards and immature enough to take the extra step and not just threaten to invade Iraq as "punishment", but actually invade Iraq, potentially bringing Iran and Syria into the mix.
And now this. Turkey's Foreign Minister has said in an interview, "the perception in Turkey right now is that the Jewish people, or the Jewish organizations let's say, and the Armenian diaspora, the Armenian lobbies, are now hand-in-hand trying to defame Turkey." In a separate interview he is reported saying, "we would not be able to keep the Jews out of this business'' if the resolution is adopted. "
(As a member of the Jewish people, I can confidently say that in supporting resolution 106, I am in fact doing the opposite of defaming Turkey. Should the resolution become law, it would put extreme pressure on the Turkish government/state mindset to quit being jerkoffs and accept it's country's dark history. Such an official realization would raise Turkey's international reputation and in turn make it a much more respectable nation than it it currently is. In the same breath, the United States' government is doing itself no favour by not officially recognizing the genocide it committed upon the native peoples of this land. Nor by not officially apologizing for its practice of chattel slavery. The acceptance of such facts does not defame one's country, but in fact elevates it by proving it to be mature.)
What sucks is that the threat to Jewish security both in Turkey and elsewhere has caused a splintering of moral integrity among Jews. While the resolution is complete justified and should pass, the threat to the security of Jews in Turkey, the pending invasion of Iraq, and future relations with Israel is causing many Jewish (and other) groups in the United States to lobby against its passage. (As a side note, the chance of the bill passing the full House is getting shittier with every passing day). The question I pose to those Jews working against resolution 106 is, why? As a victim of genocide, our people should not cease in the fight for the end/recognition of all genocides.
Oh, but Turkey is Israel's ally. Hey, guess what, if the Turkish government wants to be a bunch of backwards fools, Israel doesn't need 'em. Think about it, almost every country in the world has something against Israel, what's one more. If Turkey wants to sever relations with Israel over something as petty as it's own inability to affirm historical fact, then fuck 'em. Go join every other backwards Muslim state.
As for the pending invasion of Iraq, go head Turkey. The war in Iraq is obviously going so well for the United States that Turkey can be confident an invasion will be quick and easy. They're only Kurdish separatists, I heard they love to be occupied.
Finally, regarding the security of Turkey's 23,000 Jews: if conditions are going to get bad there because Jews have the terrible reputation of fighting for social justice, then its time that Jews prepare to fight for social justice. If they aren't already, Jews in Turkey should organize armed self-defence groups to protect their rights as Turkish citizens and as Jews. If extremists/nationalists are going to be genocide denying babies and kill Jews in Turkey over a resolution that they had no control over, then Jews have no other choice defend themselves and their morals. It is truly deplorable that Turkish society would put its Jewish citizens in a position where they have to apologize for the just actions of 27 members of the United States Congress (none of whom are Jewish Turkish Citizens). It is equally deplorable, however, that Jewish citizens of Turkey (or any Jew) would fold to such pressure and speak out against the resolution and thus, historical fact. It is my opinion that such action is tantamount to moral treason. (Maybe I'm going out on a limb, but from what i have learned of the Armenian Genocide, it seems all to similar to the event that put Jews in places like Turkey in the first place...the 1492 expulsion of Jews from Spain...).
This is ridiculous!
One last thing:
! אַ בראָך אױף די טערקיש רעגירונג
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