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Rep. Speier Urges Passage of Genocide Resolution

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Jackie Speier on Wednesday delivered a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of the Armenian Genocide Resolution (H.Res.252). Watch the video of her speech here: http://www.youtube.com/JackieSpeierCA12#p/a/u/0/0VRq_q84Tns.

The text of her speech is below.

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Madam Speaker, my mother, Nancy Kanchelian, was born in 1915 in Fresno, Calif.—the same year the Ottoman Empire began the systematic killing and deportation of millions of her fellow Armenians.

A year ago this week, my mother passed away.  For her entire 93 years on earth, her country, the United States of America, refused to officially acknowledge what we know to be true.  Our own ambassador to Armenia at the time, Henry Morgenthau, informed the secretary of state:  “…excesses against peaceful Armenians is increasing and…it appears that a campaign of race extermination is in progress…”

Madam Speaker, the facts here are not in dispute.  The only thing left to question is not whether the Armenian Genocide took place but, rather, if we in this chamber have the moral and political backbone to stand up for the truth.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee has an opportunity this week to pass H. Res 252 and stand up for the truth.

2 Comments on Rep. Speier Urges Passage of Genocide Resolution

  1. avatar MISAK CHAMA... // March 4, 2010 at 3:12 pm // Reply

    AS USUAL THE CONTINUOUS U.S. GOVERNMENTS HAVE BEEN BETRAYING THE WORLD AND SPECIALLY TO US THE ARMENIANS, USING AS EXCUSE THEIR SHELFISH INTERESTS. 

    I AS AN ARMENIAN, LIVING IN CANADA WHOSE PARENTS AND GRANDMOTHERS HAVE TO FLEE THE TERRITORIES OCUPIED BY TURKEY TO SAVE THEIR LIVES DURING THE GENOCIDE, HAD SOME HOPE PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS SOMEBODY WHO THE WORLD COULD TRUST, BUT I AM SORRY TO SAY HE IS ANOTHER LIAR AND A TRAITOR TO HUMANITY.

     

  2. avatar MISAK CHAMA... // March 4, 2010 at 3:19 pm // Reply

    I CAN NOT MODERATE MY WORDS, THIS IS THE WAY I FEEL AND SUFFER THINKING OF 1:500.000 THAT WERE SLAUGHTERED WHILE THE WORLD DID NOTHING, AND PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HILLARY CLINTON SHAMEFULLY HIDE THEIR HEADS IN BETWEEN THEIR LEGS.

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