Robert Fisk, writing in England’s The Independent, blasted President Bush as a craven coward who gave in on the issue of the Armenian genocide because he feared Turkey’s generals. “How the mighty have fallen! President Bush,” writes Fisk, “the crusader king who would draw the sword against the forces of Darkness and Evil, he who said there was only ‘them or us’, who would carry on, he claimed, an eternal conflict against ‘world terror’ on our behalf, he turns out, well, to be well, wimp. A clutch of Turkish generals and a multimilion-dollar public relations campaign on behalf of Turkish Holocaust deniers have transformed the lion into a lamb.” The Turkish government has blackmailed the United States and other western nations into either accepting their version of the truth or face the consequences–exactly which ones?
General Yasar Buyukanit, head of Turkey’s armed forces warned if the Congressional resolution was passed it would end the “strong links” to Turkey and have dire results. At no point, have these consequences or results been described other than that Turkey would have to turn away from the west. America was frightened by General Petraeus warnings and the words of Ryan Crocker, US Ambassador to Baghdad that the resolution would “harm the war effort in Iraq.” Bush is ready to threaten war against Iran for the atomic weapons it doesn’t possess just as he initiated war for WMD that never existed. He has consistently boasted that America will go down any road in pursuit of peace and justice and to protect its way of life, but apparently going down the road of truth was not part of any voyage he is willing to undertake. Bush, it turns out, has the backbone of a chocolate eclair when it comes to quavering before threats that have nothing behind them other than words. The bottom line is Turkey needs the European Union and the United States more than it needs to defend an atrocity that did exist. As Fisk puts it, “Who would have thought that the leader of the Western world– he who would protect us against ‘world terror’–would turn out to be the David Irving(famous Holocaust denier) of the White House?