Biden Plays Politics with Genocide
“Each year on this day, we remember the lives of all those who died in the Ottoman-era Armenian genocide and recommit ourselves to preventing such an atrocity from ever again occurring,” US President Joe Biden said on 24th April 2021.
Biden did not mention any of the Turks and Kurds who died as a result of the general assault made by the Imperialist Powers on the Ottoman state in conjunction with the insurrection behind the lines by Armenian revolutionary groups, even though the death toll among these people was much higher than among those he chose to remember. Moslem Lives Don’t Matter, it seems.
President Biden, recently accused Vladimir Putin of being “a killer”. The Russian President delivered a fitting riposte in the form of his reply: “It takes one to know one.” Putin did not need to elaborate. The world knew that President Biden is the Head of State of the country that has killed by far the most people across the world in modern times. It is the only state in the world that has used nuclear weapons against civilian populations. Indeed it is the only country which has used nuclear weapons at all.
It is a fact that the United States is the most successful genocidal state on earth. No other country has exterminated people to such good effect as the USA, reaching global predominance in the process. Having disembarked from the Mayflower, it wiped out the original inhabitants of America from Atlantic to Pacific over the course of 3 centuries, in a great moralistic expansion known as Manifest Destiny. Subsequently, it has gone around the world killing people in millions, after completing its destiny on the continent it conquered. Beginning at the start of the 20th Century it annihilated a few hundred thousand Filipinos in its first expansionary war outside the American continent and never stopped from there.
Much of the wealth of the US was accumulated through an industrial slaving system which it inherited from its Anglo-Saxon cousin and which brought millions of unwilling Africans across the oceans to do its work. Millions more Africans perished in the brutal process – perhaps the most inhuman act perpetrated in history.
The United States was White Supremacist in its origin, development and consolidation. Lynch law was used to uphold the white supremacy by the Democratic Party. And the US seems to still have a big problem with the descendants of the people it put in slave plantations and periodically lynched to keep in order, and who have had to recently protest that “Black Lives Matter”.
Joe Biden’s Democrats – the original racist party of the racist South – encouraged Black Lives Matter mayhem to unseat President Trump. That is US politics. After all, Abraham Lincoln abolished slavery as a tactic to expand the continental super-state, intending the slaves to be sent back to Africa afterwards. When they weren’t, Democrat President Woodrow Wilson celebrated the great service the Ku Klux Klan performed for the US in the White House as he unrolled maps and plotted an Armenian state in devastated Ottoman territory. The Armenians, as God’s Chosen People in a sea of barbarism, were a cause celebrein White Supremacist America. If only they had a Ku Klux Klan to ride to the rescue.
Being a Chosen People is a double edged sword for the Armenians. Being Chosen does not mean being under God’s special protection because the Biblical God has a special way of neglecting or reproaching his People. God periodically withdraws the protection of Providence for reasons unknown but to himself, perhaps from displeasure at his People. There can be chastisement for wrong doing and extra punishment is reserved for the Chosen People if they transgress. Perhaps that is what happened to the Armenians for living so long under the Turkish/Muslim yoke. God punished them in 1915 for their sins of collaboration, leading them out of service to the Ottomans to a promised land (California?). It can all be rationalised in Biblical Christianity and since the Armenians have decided to conform to this role they must play their part fully, in disaster after disaster.
It is a pity the USA has a universalistic Manifest Destiny to right the world of wrong, because that spells trouble for the rest of humanity.
The United States is the benchmark state in Genocide. Its very character is Genocide, since it would not exist without having exterminated so thoroughly and for such a long period through its demonic energy. The Nazis were a mere interlude in Germany’s history compared to what Genocide is to the history of the United States. No people on earth are really safe from the “only indispensable nation” as Obama called it, unless they have the capability of destroying the world, to deter American attack. Many have been attacked and destroyed in a casual way just to prove a point – that you don’t mess with the USA, unless you have nukes, of course. Perhaps only another World War will finally free the many and rich varieties of humanity from the death-grip of the US.
The current President of the Genocidal state par excellence has now charged another state with Genocide in a rather casual way. The charge is casual because Genocide is actually a legal matter and no international court has ever found that state guilty of Genocide. Neither is there any historical evidence of Genocide in the case, despite the availability of all documentation on the matter. Historians have looked for a century for such evidence and found nothing.
Isn’t it a rather tricky problem for the US to explain why it did not wage war on this Genocidal empire in 1917 when it joined the World War. Isn’t it problematic that the US never saved the Armenians by taking a Mandate for them when the British requested Washington to do so? What were they thinking to have shirked such moral responsibility? Did they not know what Joe Biden knows? Apparently not.
President Biden has now casually made the accusation that Turkey committed Genocide against the Armenians in 1915 on the Armenian diaspora’s Genocide Day.
The President of the United State’s opinion has not altered the facts of the matter one iota: Turkey is as innocent (or guilty!) of the charge of Genocide on 24th April 2021 as it was on the 23rd April 2021. Not a single legal or historical fact has changed.
President Biden has decided to reject the statesmanship of his predecessors – Reagan, Clinton, Bush and Obama, who had made promises in the course of elections to the influential and wealthy Armenian lobby, and thought better of uttering the word when in the White House. Biden, for whatever reason has decided to honour his campaign pledge to “recognise the Armenian Genocide and make universal human rights a top priority.”
Perhaps it is chagrin at Turkey’s decision to purchase a Russian air defence system to defend itself when the US refused it; perhaps it is “Joe the Greek’s” anti-Turk mentality; perhaps it was frustration at his predecessor’s squeamish reluctance to destroy states who are not in the USA’s image and leave the world at peace for 4 years; perhaps Biden wants to destroy another “authoritarian state” to enhance his democratic credentials after agitating for the annihilation of Iraq a full 5 years before George W. Bush even thought about it: perhaps it is anger at Turkey’s vital assistance to Azerbaijan during the war to restore its national territory, that the US even recognized; perhaps Turkey will just do when Russia and China are just too powerful for the bully; perhaps Biden is just an old man in a hurry. Who knows?
In the opinion of the present writer, the most likely reason for Biden’s recklessness with regard to Turkey is the new President’s desire to “return the US to a leadership role” in the world – in other words to resume America’s bullying of the rest of humanity. He is conscious that the Trump Presidency gave the world outside America some space to develop without the US forcing its attentions upon it.
This has had the Liberal interventionists in the US, who comprise a large and powerful elite within the military-academic power complex, champing at the bit for 4 years. They have been used to power and prestige and making money out of being the cheer leaders of imposing US democracy on the world and have felt the loss of role keenly during the Trump interregnum. Biden himself is conscious of being an old and weak man, stung by the taunts of being “sleepy Joe” who cannot rise to the occasion and perform America’s duty in the world. He has so far been blacker than Barack Obama with bigger balls than Hilary Clinton. America has a pill for everything it seems and it is a land where a man can be a woman if he/she so desires!
Many countries in the world have been at a loss to know what to do with themselves over the past 4 years. They have become used to taking their orders from Washington and during the Trump interlude they have begun to wonder about the point of their existence at all. The election of a normal US President and the demise of the rogue President has been an immense relief to them. Life has got meaning again as they await direction from Washington. Not so Turkey. It is an independent state and has got on with its life as usual. It does not need orders from the White House to do what it wants in the world. And it has done so in Syria, Libya and the Southern Caucasus, to some effect with its wonder weapons. It puts its men on the ground where the cowardly Americans fear to tread.
And so the new US President has picked on Turkey, presumably in an attempt to intimidate it into conformity with the rest to demonstrate America is back, by a show of what the US can do to it, if the Turkish government does not see and do things the American way. (There was, after all, in the economic sanctions/warfare and attempted coup against Erdogan, in which many see an American hand, attempts to curtail the Turkish leader, who is seen as just too independent minded for Washington’s liking).
It is not as if the US does not recognized the importance of Turkey to the West. As recent as 2008 Graham Fuller, the former vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA wrote ‘The New Turkish Republic: Turkey as a Pivotal State in the Muslim World’. This book’s back cover noted that “Turkey’s dynamic political scene and new search for independence in its foreign policy, however complicating or irritating for the United States today, will nonetheless ultimately serve the best interests of Turkey, the Middle East, and even the West.”
The US, it seems, has had enough with statesmanship. While making a great show of its rainbow diversity of individual identities America does not tolerate such things among the nations.
While Russia and China will brush off President Biden’s blustering and wait for the old man to tire, and Iran will attempt to avail of a relief from pressure by humouring him, the slap in the face he has given to Turkey will have much more lasting effects. Russia, China and Iran are the enemy for America and they never will be anything else. All the US requires of them is weakness and chaos if it can be achieved through Navalny or any other instrument that can be used. However, Turkey is different. Biden is permanently damaging relations with a Western ally of nearly a century, with the second biggest army in NATO, and considerable real and recent combat experience. Perhaps he sees Erdogan as Saddam. If he does he is badly mistaken. Whatever the case there will be celebrations in Moscow, Beijing and Tehran after President Biden’s reckless action.
As has been noted, the United States has a strong sense of destiny, or Manifest Destiny. A biblical view of history is inescapably a belief in Providence. It got this when fundamentalist Protestants freed themselves from the shackles of Catholic Europe and established a pure democracy on a blank slate across the empty spaces cleared of human dross. Catholic Europe had retained many quaint pre-Christian beliefs such as the observation that human life was a series of cycles with history being a comic or tragic opera, as events took it. But the belief that history was a directional and redemptive process was an article of faith among the Christian fundamentalists, and as much for the Godless East Coast and Californian post-Christians, as it was for the Bible thumpers. The idea that Progress is inevitable is universalistic in America and America tends to define the Universe as itself.
Progress demands redemption and redemption demands penance. But guilt must be admitted for penance to have meaning. Is it any wonder Genocide became a word at the moment in the 1940s when the American fundamentalist Christians took hold of the world, outside the part the Soviets saved from it?
The Sun is setting in the West for Turkey, and it is rising in the East. The only mistake the Turks ever made was putting their faith in Progress, not understanding that Progress would be defined by the United States and there can be no dissent over the direction it takes. When the Turkish Republic was established the world was dominated by a state, Britain, which believed it and its Empire existed for the rest of the world’s benefit. However inadequate such a viewpoint proved in practice it contrasts to the current master of the world’s understanding that the world exists for America’s benefit and humanity should be made to conform to the interests of the United States in all its aspects.
The events of 1915 and after (actually 1911-23 – from the war in Libya, to the Balkan Wars, to the Great War and the Imperialist war on Turkey) were an enormous tragedy for the various peoples who made up the Ottoman Empire. President Biden has contributed nothing to understanding this tragedy and has only made an accommodation between the Armenians and the Turkic world harder to achieve as a result of his foolish utterance. Biden’s assertion requires that any factual investigation of historical events should be set aside and that dogmatic belief be put in its place.
Well, America is back! Let battle recommence!