“As president, I will recognize the Armenian Genocide.”

Those were the words of candidate Barack Obama in 2008.

Seven years later, President Barack Obama will decline to use the “G” when he attends a ceremony on Friday to memorialize the murder of more than one-million Armenians by Muslim Ottoman Turks in 1915.

Unlike the impassioned statement that appeared on Sen. Obama’s campaign website in 2008, in which he claimed to “share with Armenian Americans a principled commitment to commemorating and ending genocide,” Obama’s position on what historians call the “Armenian Holocaust” is merely an attempt to avoid giving offense.

As the president attempts to salvage his disastrous Middle East policies as the region erupts into chaos, currying favor with Turkey dictates that his campaign promise be put aside lest the use of the word “genocide” upset Turkish government.

Turkey is the successor nation of the Muslim Ottoman Empire, which systematically exterminated its Armenian, Assyrian and Greek Christian minority populations within their own homeland.

The majority Muslim country refuses to acknowledge or bear responsibility for the deaths of one-million Christians a century ago claiming that the killings fail to meet the legal definition of the word “genocide.”

The massacres are said to have begun on April 24, 1915 with mass executions of adult males. Women, children, the sick and elderly were deprived of food and water, raped, tortured and marched to their deaths in the Syrian desert.

The slaughter led to the neologism “genocide” first used in 1943 to describe the type of premeditated, calculated extermination of an entire peoples under color of law.

Historians, scholars, and 24 countries – including Russia, Chile and Venezuela, acknowledge the mass killings as genocide, as does the United Nations, the European Parliament and Pope Francis.

The White House, not the president himself, made the announcement at a meeting of Armenian groups, who responded to the betrayal quickly and with anger.

Calling Obama's decision to avoid using the word "genocide" at the commemoration a "betrayal of the truth, a betrayal of trust,"  Aram S. Hamparian, the executive director of the Armenian National Committee of America said, "The president's surrender represents a national disgrace."

Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff of California, the state with the largest population of Armenian-Americans, said “I’m deeply disappointed that the President, once again, will fail to properly describe the extermination of 1.5 million Armenians from 1915 to 1923 for what it was – genocide. If not after one-hundred years – when?"


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