Genocide is simply that
Photograph by Will O’Leary
I have to give NPR some recognition here. I HAD stopped listening to my local station during the election, I just couldn’t handle it anymore. And THAT is why I have to give a well deserved post to Scott Simon, of Weekend Edition.
While in Turkey, President Obama referred to the genocide of Armenians as “the terrible events of 1915” whereas during the elections he didn’t pull any punches saying
he believed the 1915 slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians by Turkey was not war but genocide and that the American people deserved “a leader who speaks truthfully about the Armenian genocide and responds forcefully to all genocides.”
It was not FOX news that commented on this, but rather Scott Simon of NPR. While listening this morning, I could hear just how disappointed he was in how the promise made in the election may have simply been empty.
In a way, the president’s choice to say “killings” in front of his hosts may remind us that it might be wise to regard what any politician says as the words of a suitor who coos “I love you” during courtship. They mean it in the moment. But any adult should know that they may not mean it in just a few weeks.
To listen to or read the rest of the piece go here.
What do you think of the President’s choice to change his tone?