Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The market could nosedive...

The market for the President's international popularity, that is. Just ran across this article.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said Sunday there was a "risk" that US President Barack Obama would recognise the massacre of Armenians a century ago as genocide...Obama, who is expected to visit Turkey in April, said several times during his election campaign that he would recognise the 1915-1917 massacres under the Ottoman Empire as genocide.

The United States has previously condemned the killings while not calling them genocide to avoid tensions with Turkey, a NATO member and key Middle East ally.

If Obama does this there will be instant riots in the streets and mass protests. This is a HUGE issue in Turkey. Both the Armenians and the Turks spend a lot of lobbying dollars to influence Congress (and other world bodies) to vote or not vote on resolutions declaring the 1915-1917 "relocations" as genocide. It's illegal in Turkey to call the event a genocide.

I'm slated to go to Turkey in August.

1 comment:

Keith Walters said...

Pardon my ignorance but I don't see the significance of calling an event from 1915 genocide or not. Maybe we should be concerned with people that are dying now in 2009. Maybe I should go riot because I want an apology from England for the way my Scottish ancestors were treated.