Barack Obama has proven he is more efficient than his predecessor in one area:He managed to diminish the history of two Christian nations in one presidential proclamation —on the eve of Easter. Obama campaigned in 2008 on a promise to call the Ottoman Empire’s systematic destruction of 1.5 million Armenians in 1915-23 a “genocide,”something none of his predecessors since Ronald Reagan had done. President Obama has broken that vow ever since. The day of remembrance of the genocide,April 24,fell on Easter Sunday this year,and Americans of Armenian heritage pressured Obama to follow through with his pledge this year.
Obama’s statement,issued on Holy Saturday,declined to commemorate the Muslim genocide by name,but instead denigrated “the dark chapters in our own history.”
Obama’s “Statement by the President on Armenian Remembrance Day” referred instead to “horrific events.”Although he wrote “I have consistently stated my own view of what occurred in 1915,and my view of that history has not changed,”he decided to keep his own view to himself (for once). Instead,ever-so-gently beckoned the aggrieved parties —the offenders and the survivors —to resolve their “contested history.”
Obama’s solution to genocide:the Turkish Coffee Summit.
Both parties promptly rejected….