• Simon Payaslian

    Simon Payaslian is the Charles K. and Elisabeth M. Kenosian Professor of Modern Armenian History and Literature and a College of Arts and Sciences associate professor of history. Profile

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There are 3 comments on POV: President Biden Confirms Armenian Genocide as “Historical Fact”

  1. I believe that while it is important to acknowledge the genocide of the Armenians, Biden, nor the imperialist US is one to speak. The same people who have invaded lands of the native americans and slaughtered them, the same people who have been wrecking the middle east for ages, the same people who perform coups in lesser developed countries and install puppet leaders just for monetary gain,, should not have the right to criticize the actions of any other nation. Not before acknowledging- and halting – their own.

  2. This is an historic action taken by the Biden administration, and one that is extremely past due for the United States. I appreciate this POV for not only citing the larger geopolitical importance of this declaration by the United States but also because it includes the perspectives of individuals impacted by the genocide, as these perspectives are often left out of the conversation on this topic.

    I do agree with Tony’s comment above, however, that the US acknowledgement of the Armenian Genocide, while important and the right thing to do, is mired by the fact that the US has engaged in other forms of human rights abuse at home and abroad throughout history and into the current day. The author writes that Biden’s declaration “reaffirms the American ideals of human rights,” but human rights are far from an “American ideal.” The United States has perpetrated many actions at home and abroad for which it must atone, and this needs to be the Biden administration priority.

  3. I think that this article does an excellent job of helping people understand the context of Biden’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide. It is also able to explain the significance of this declaration to the Armenian diaspora and the families of the victims.
    I do think that it extremely important to discuss the Armenian Genocide and understand it within the context of international human rights law. The perpetrators of this crime never faced any legal consequences for their actions, and the Ottoman Empire’s successor state has never been held accountable on this issue.
    It is important to know that anti-Armenian sentiment is prevalent in the region and officially endorsed by the Turkish and Azerbaijani governments. For example just within the last couple days, the only opposition Armenian member of parliament in the Turkish parliament, Garo Paylan, was threatened by a former MP colleague with another genocide. It is extremely important to raise awareness about the Genocide because it will help prevent crimes like this from happening again.

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