The Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives passed by a 27-21 vote the resolution which condemns Turkey for its genocidal policies toward Armenians in the early years of the 20th century. The vote came amidst growing tension inside Turkey over murder of 15 soldiers by Kurdish soldiers who retreated into the sanctuary of Iraq after the attack. Pesident Abdullah Gul of Turkey said the vote “ignored appeals for commen sense and once again moved to sacrifice big issues to petty games of domestic politics.” There is talk of Turkish retaliation such as expelling thousands of Armenians who work in Turkey or impairing American military over flights of Turkey. Turkish politicians are also hinting at retaliating against Israel which for some reason is being blamed despite opposition to the resolution by prominent Jewish organizations like the Anti-Defamation League. There are reports President Bush, who opposed the resolution, might try some way to appease Turkish anger.
Most probably Turkish political leaders don’t grasp by retaliating against Armenian workers they are demonstrating the validity of charges that Turkey has committed hostile acts on Armenians. Leaders like Gul claim America is engaged in petty politics, but why does Turkey refuse to acknowledge the massacre of thousands of Armenians except for Turkish petty politics?