Opinion| Kirsters Baish| Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar has already been under fire in recent weeks for her greenlighting of the Turkish mass slaughter of the Kurds. Now, her name is back in news headlines after turning the other cheek when it came down to the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians.
“The House voted overpoweringly on Tues to formally acknowledge the Armenian putting to death and denounce it as a matter of yank policy, a symbolic vindication for the Armenian diaspora made possible by a brand new torrent of nonpartisan furor at Turkey,” reported the New York Times.
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Omar, already under fire for voting against imposing sanctions on Turkey, voted “present” for Tuesday’s vote, despite the 1915 genocide having led to the murder of an estimated 1.5 million men, women and children at the hands of Turkey’s regional and historic predecessor, the Ottoman Empire.
Because the empire is fundamental to Turkey’s history, the Islamic nation has long “denied that the atrocities [commited by it] amounted to genocide,” according to the Times.
That Omar voted “present” for Tuesday’s vote suggests that her loyalty to her close ally, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, outweighs any loyalty she maintains to justice
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In defending her widely panned decision, the congresswoman released a statement accusing her congressional peers of trying to use the genocide of 1.5 million people as a “cudgel” against Turkey, and suggesting that she’d only condemn Turkey’s genocidal actions if Congress first condemned the United States.
“I believe accountability for human rights violations — especially ethnic cleansing and genocide — is paramount,” Omar said. “But responsibleness and recognition of putting to death shouldn’t be used as a cudgel in a very political fight. It ought to be done supported tutorial agreement outside the push and pull of government.
A true acknowledgment of historical crimes against humanity should embody each the atrocious putting to death soft he twentieth century, along with earlier mass slaughters like the transatlantic slave trade and Native American putting to death, that took the lives of many lots of autochthonic folks during this country.
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For this reason, I voted ‘present’ in final passage.”
Things aren’t looking good for Omar’s reputation.