Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Finding The Words
I'm not really sure what to say about this. It's certainly true that the Congressional resolution calling the Turkish massacre of Armenians a genocide will most likely damage our relations with Turkey, and thereby do harm to our interests in the Middle East. It's also true, although this point isn't made, that there's no urgent reason to pass this kind of resolution right now, and it carries with it no binding consequences. So I could almost understand the White House's discomfort at seeing this thing go to a vote at all.
But it's creepy to hear the State Department express its regret over the resolution now that it has passed, while quite clearly taking pains to avoid referring to what it actually addresses. As if the only way to get the statement out is to avoid its actual meaning: That this administration, ordinarily so devoted to moral absolutism, is willing to ignore a historical crime against humanity for the sake of political expediency.
You can bet the Sudanese government is sleeping a little bit more peacefully tonight.