Monday, December 13, 2004

French foreign policy I agree with 

Turkey 'must admit WWI genocide'

France has said it will ask Turkey to acknowledge the mass killing of Armenians from 1915 as genocide when it begins EU accession talks.

French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier said Turkey had "a duty to remember".
Damn right. And bravo to France for having the will to apply pressure on Turkey to admit that the Armenian genocide happened.

It's not as well-known as the Holocaust, or the slaughter in Cambodia under Pol Pot, but it was every bit as terrible. If it had happened a few decades later, or especially now, in the information age, it would have gotten a lot more attention and it wouldn't have been forgotten by most of the world.

I first learned about it when I watched Armenian-Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan's Ararat, and Samantha Power's Pulitzer-winning book about genocide, A Problem from Hell opens with a chapter about the Armenians. I highly recommend both.

And again, I applaud France for taking the stand that it has.
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