Call Genocide By Its Name

An Open Letter to the United States Senate In Recognition of the Armenian Genocide
It’s been 104 years that Armenian people have been struggling for the official recognition of the slaughtering of 1,500,000 of minority Christians under the Ottoman Young Turk Regime. I am emotionally exhausted. The survival stories of my grandfather’s generation still ring in my ears, the clarity of their memories and intensity of their pain. Our mourning is incomplete; true healing cannot take place until we are honest about the past. We must dispel the lies that label my people’s truth a fiction.
On October 29th the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelming 405-11 in favor of the House Resolution-296 to recognize the Genocide. But this crucial bill was blocked by a single vote for ratification in the Senate after Lindsey Graham met with the Turkish Recep Erdogan. For far too long the American interests in Turkey have been held hostage in a nationalistic power play by Turkey to keep this issue bound and gagged in a closet. Senator Graham, you stated in a comment after blocking the vote on Senate Resolution-150, that we ‘should not sugarcoat history or try to rewrite it.” However, an overwhelming number of historians and scholars agree the genocide is undeniable. The person trying to rewrite history is you; it’s time to end this immoral game. Further denial of this tragedy only keeps open wounds from healing—for both peoples—but it is particularly painful and insulting to the Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians, Chaldeans and Syrians whose

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