The sun rises in the east, spring follows winter, and a new American president is backing away from his campaign pledge to refer to the Ottoman-era Turkish genocide of Armenians as a "genocide," because the White House is "fearful of alienating Turkey when U.S. officials badly want its help." The L.A. Times has the expectations-lowering story.
Obama's campaign promise–his "principled commitment to
commemorating" a "widely documented fact supported by an
overwhelming body of historical evidence"–is
here. Obama foreign policy guru Samantha Power makes a direct
plea to Armenian-Americans about genocide-recognition and other
issues in this video:
I wrote about the fascinating politics of saying "genocide" for the L.A. Times in 2007.