By now every Tom, Dick and Hussein has chimed in on the House vote to call the 1915 tragedy in Ottoman Anatolia "genocide." Indeed, it was.
Systematic murder of a people is genocide. And to get over it, there needs to be some kind of collective healing or recognition to give the whole event some sort of resting among the living.
So this is why I take the stance that the U.S should recognize the Armenian Genocide for what it is: genocide.
Turkey says what it has always said (that people died on both sides). Now, Turkey goes a step further... saying that the U.S. vote would derail the normalization of relations campaign between Turkey and Armenia. This may be true. But what is also true is that there are more Armenians in the Diaspora than in Armenia--most Armenians have nothing to do with the territory known as modern Armenia. Most feel they were part of the first holocaust last century and making matters worse, still fighting for the international recognition of the damn thing.
Here is my point: The U.S. vote will harm the Turkish-Armenian reconciliation; but it is impossible to have any reconciliation between the two peoples until the Armenians feel some recognition has been served... then, they can move on.
Could we imagine Ashkenazi Jews forgiving Europe without recognition?
Truth and reconciliation is the path to peace.
Update II: Calling on all American women... to go to Afghanistan.