The Armenian Genocide
Back in the day on April 24th, 1915, the Ottoman Turkish government strategically arrested more 200 Armenian intellectual leaders in Constantinople. This mass detention of influential journalists, political leaders, and artists among others was followed by another wave of arrests of hundreds more. Noted as the “tripwire” event that set off the tragic genocide of the Armenian people that would follow, many of those detained were later executed. Under the authorities of The Young Turks, the Ottoman government carried out a coordinated campaign of annihilation against Armenians that by 1923 had claimed the lives of over 1.5 million people. To this day, the modern Turkish government continues to deny that genocide took place. And after ninety-four years, the United States government has yet to officially recognize the Armenian Genocide.
Will Obama break with Presidential convention today and use the “G” word? Or does Turkey still have the U.S. by the giblets?