“A resolution false, fabricated and full of distortions and dishonors…



‘’Let’s give the World to children, if only for one day; like a colorful ballon for them to play with.’’

© Yuksel Oktay


‘’Why did you bring shame to this ‘’House of Justice’’ by passing a resolution which is false, fabricated and full of distortions and dishonors the grandchildren of Turks everywhere and their friends.’’


‘’Truth has a way of asserting itself despite all attempts to obscure it. Distortion only serves to derail it for a time. No matter to what lengths we humans go to obfuscate or delude our fellows, truth has a way of squeezing out through the cracks, eventually. But the danger is that at some point it may no longer matter. The danger is that damage is done before the truth is widely realized. The reality is that, sometimes, it is easier to ignore uncomfortable facts and go along with whatever distortion is currently in vogue.’’


Open Letter to Hon. Nancy Pelosi, on House Resolution 252


Dear Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives,

As one of your non Armenian-American constituent, I was saddened to read that you are planning to bring the infamous H. Res. 252 to the House of Representatives for a vote. As I wrote to you back on February 4, 2007 when you were elected as the House speaker, I am writing to you in your capacity, not as the Speaker of the House but as a Grandmother of five, who one day may be forced to answer a question by her grandchildren, ‘’Why did you bring shame to this ‘’House of Justice’’ by passing a resolution which is false, fabricated and full of distortions and dishonors the grandchildren of Turks everywhere and their friends.’’ Your grandchildren will question you, when someday they will learn the truth. The great Senator Byrd from West Virginia, who passed away recently, stated this best during his eloquent June 29 2003 speech at the Senate Floor:

‘’Truth has a way of asserting itself despite all attempts to obscure it. Distortion only serves to derail it for a time. No matter to what lengths we humans go to obfuscate or delude our fellows, truth has a way of squeezing out through the cracks, eventually. But the danger is that at some point it may no longer matter. The danger is that damage is done before the truth is widely realized. The reality is that, sometimes, it is easier to ignore uncomfortable facts and go along with whatever distortion is currently in vogue.’’

Unfortunatley, such is the case with House Resolution 252. I urge you not to bring the Resolution for a vote, not because it will damage the Turkish-American relations, which it will, but because the death of Armenians during a civil war within the tragic First World War when they revolted against their government and as a consequence were re-located, which caused the deaths, can not be labeled genocide. If accepted , it would be a disservice to the great American people of every ethnic backrgound.

Respecfully,

Open Letter to Hon. Nancy Pelosi, The Speaker of the US House of Representatives

PS: My Letter to you dated Feb. 4, 2007 is given below.
February 3, 2007


Dear Mrs. Nancy Pelosi,

Your inauguration as the new Speaker of the US House of representatives with many children around you, some sitting in your chair at the House of Representatives, was a historical event and very moving. Watching it on TV reminded me a short verse by the world renowned Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet: ‘’Let’s give the World to children, if only for one day; like a colorful ballon for them to play with.’’

The presence of children at the House of Representatives also reminded me April 23 when the children of Turkey take over the Turkish Grand National Assembly, celebrating the establishment of this great institution on April 23, 1920, and the children’s holiday, the only one of its kind in the World. What is most wonderful is the Turkish children’s sharing of this day with the children from over 35 countries every year who come to Turkey during the week long festivities. Since 1979, children from several schools in the US also participated in this wonderful event that brings friendship and hope to the participants and together they sing, ‘’Peace to the World.’’

However, very soon, the scene at the House of Representatives will change terribly and a debate by the honorable representatives will take place on the HR 106, ‘’Affirmation of the United States Record on the Armenian Genocide Resolution’’. As an American, I don’t believe this act has a place in a chamber where the future of the United States and, for that matter, the World, are discussed, including what can be done to ease the lives of the poor, the sick and of course, the retired people in the United States of America, not a deceitful resolution which will serve no usefull purpose..

I am writing this to you in your capacity as, not the Speaker of the House but as a Grandmother of five, who one day may be forced to answer a question by the grandchildren, ‘’Why did you bring shame to this ‘’House of Justice’’ by passing a resolution which is false, full of distortions and dishonors the grandchildren of Turks everywhere.’’ Your grandchildren will question you, when someday they learn the truth. The great Senator from West Virginia stated this best during his eloquent June 29 2003 speech at the Senate Floor:

‘’Truth has a way of asserting itself despite all attempts to obscure it. Distortion only serves to derail it for a time. No matter to what lengths we humans go to obfuscate or delude our fellows, truth has a way of squeezing out through the cracks, eventually. But the danger is that at some point it may no longer matter. The danger is that damage is done before the truth is widely realized. The reality is that, sometimes, it is easier to ignore uncomfortable facts and go along with whatever distortion is currently in vogue.’’ Unfortunatley, such is the case with House Resolution 106.

What are the distortions in the Resolution? I read each and every one of the 30 points reaised. In fact, besides the chronology of past resolutions, there is very little that the historians would agree on. First, there was no conceived Armenian Genocide and the figures quoted are false. Second, Ambassador Morgenthau did not leave the environs of Istanbul and relied on false information given to him by his Armenian Secretary and Armenian Translator. Hitler’s statement is a fabricated lie which should be removed from the wall of the US Holocaust Mueseum in WDC.

If the Resolution passes, which I hope it will not, your grandchildren will remember their grandmother as the Speaker who gave in to the sponsors of a fabricated document that will go down in history as a shameful act and harm the relations between two countries that have been friends for many years. I am sure you know of this freindship and have read about Turkey. Back in 2005, when Rumsfeld was the Secretary of Defense, he commented that he would like to read three books on Turkey. Below is a copy of my recommendation to him, which I would like to propose to you also, if you have not already read them, except with the edition of a fourth book, Hacin, which tells the story of a town where Turks and Armenians lived together for hundreds of years peacefully, then turned against each other during the First World War started by the West. The war provided an excuse to the Armenians in eastern Anatolia to force the establishment of a state of their own on lands where they were not the majority. Many lost their lives during those tragic years and many left Turkey on their own, but there was no genocide and the Resolution will not solve this issue. This is what the author Zebercet Coskun, states at the end of the postcript of her book ”Hacin.”:

’Nothing, but sorrow will prevail in societies where personal ambitions and animosities take the leading role. Once more, I believe that the key to happiness is not within the system, but in the hearts of the people, in brotherhood and in love.’’

I hope you will not bring the Resolution to a vote.

Sincerely,

Yuksel Oktay

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