Regarding your article, “AK Party Founding Member Apologizes for Deportations” (Armenian Weekly, April 28, 2012): It was unbelievable that such a hypocritical statement was made. The hypocrisy stems from Ysmet Uema’s comment that if Turkey wanted to commit genocide against the Armenians, they would have employed methods that the Americans used against Native Americans. He is accusing the United States of genocide against Native Americans. Why should our politicians, including the president, accept this from a leading Turkish leader but not accept the overwhelming evidence that Turkey committed genocide against the Armenians? A founding member of Turkey’s ruling party may use the word “genocide” regarding the United States, but our government can’t use it regarding Turkey?
Also, when will Armenians in the United States wake up to the fact that no matter who runs for president and promises to recognize the Armenian Genocide, that once elected, that promise will be broken. The promises are all Machiavellian. Say whatever you want in order to be elected. The reality of politics negates any promises made prior to being elected. It is better to alienate the small Armenian population in the United States and the little Republic of Armenia than to alienate 70 million Turks who are the number one military force in the Middle East. There is only one main country that has to recognize the Armenian Genocide and that is Turkey. “Realpolitik” will always trump morality on the stage of world politics. We Armenians have experienced this for the past 100 years and should know better than to put our hopes on empty words and promises.