Between 1915 and 1923, the Ottoman Empire (present day Turkey) expelled and slaughtered 1.5 million ethnic Armenians. Academics consider it the first modern day genocide due to the Ottoman’s articulate organization of said genocide.

Turkey has fought against using the word genocide, but anyone with at least one brain cell knows it’s a classic case of genocide.

Our Congress passed a resolution to recognize the Armenian genocide, 405-111. Three representatives, including Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), voted present. She provided a disgusting justification.

In order for Omar to recognize the Armenian genocide, we must acknowledge all “historical crimes against humanity,” including all genocides of the last century “along with earlier mass slaughters like the transatlantic slave trade and Native American genocide.”

Look, I know Omar is somewhat new to America. But someone needs to inform her that we have already condemned horrible actions in our past. We have condemned the slave trade, slavery, and the slaughter of Native Americans.

I noticed one major event did not make her criteria. I find it weird she did not mention the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II on American soil. A horrific decision by Democratic President FDR.

It wasn’t genocide, but a huge crime against humanity.

Unlike Turkey, we acknowledge the horrors of our past. We teach the truth in school. I love America, but I admit it’s not always been sunshine and rainbows.

A genocide is “the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political, or cultural group.”

The treatment of Jews and the Holocaust during Nazi Germany mirrors the Armenian genocide. The Ottomans considered Armenians (Christians in general along with Jews) as second class citizens. The government only gave them prescribed freedoms. They could not build non-Muslim places of worship, which basically forced them into ghettos.

Not to mention the fact that Ottomans committed massacres against the Armenians and others before the genocide: Hamidian Massacres and Adana Massacre.

The Ottomans took the final step during WWI as they saw the beginning of the end of their empire.

It began with arrests and deportation of over 250 Armenian leaders and intellectuals on April 24, 1915. The Ottomans murdered all but a few.

Then other Armenians followed. The Ottomans could not hide the atrocities from the world since The New York Times reported on the genocide as it happened. The Grey Lady noted how the Ottomans executed the genocide with precision and order.

In other words, the ethnic cleansing of 1.5 Armenians did not just happen. The Ottomans put thought and effort into their plan to eliminate Armenians from the planet.

The death marches. The forced starvation. Forced labor. Sex slaves. Confiscation of property.

I’m ticked it took until now for our government to officially recognize the Armenian genocide. Omar’s attempt to justify her present vote made my stomach churn just a little more.

 
 
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