The Somali community in Minneapolis is ground zero for Islamist recruiting, with many of them traveling to the Middle East to join al-Shabab or Daesh and then returning well-trained for local jihad. Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the mother of the Boston Marathon bombers, is a raving Islamist and should never have been allowed into the country (we can still fix that, by the way). Islamists are calling for local jihad involving murders in the homeland in the U.S., Australia, Canada, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, France, and other countries, as well as providing slushies and sharia for the next generation of Islamists at Camp Jihad.
The Balkans have become notorious for exporting jihadists and mercenaries to the Middle East and other areas, with Kosovo, the country that liberals declared to be the first peaceful Islamic country, sending more of its citizens per capita to Daesh than any other Western country (Bosnia and Albania are #2 and #4, respectively).
There is the horrific situation with respect to Yazidis, especially girls and women who have been sexually enslaved by Daesh, with the main motivation of Daesh recruits being rape-tourism. These girls may not be fully accepted back into their community, though the decree by Yazidi religious leader Baba Sheikh to welcome the girls back with open arms may mitigate some of the problems. Assyrians have also been caught up in the kidnapping, murder, and enslavement, with some considering them to be at risk of extinction. In Egypt, Coptic Christians who merely wanted to build a church to remember the ones murdered by Daesh in Libya were attacked by a Muslim mob intent on preventing the church from being built.
There is a mutual solution to the above.
Halt immigration for all Muslims until we have a reliable method with which to separate the murderous from the peaceful. At the same time, open the immigration door wide for Yazidis, Coptics, Assyrians, Armenians, and other non-Muslims fleeing from Islamist terror. This group of immigrants will be even more diverse than the Muslims we are allowing into the country today so we will not stagnate.
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In 2009, I visited a museum in Altenburg, Germany. In it was an exhibit on the Armenian Genocide, a subject of which I was only vaguely familiar. The photos from the event, taken by German Army Lieutenant Armin T. Wegner who had been stationed in Syria and Mesopotamia during WWI, were gripping, depressing, and educational. The photos depicted the horrors of the Ottoman Empire's slaughter of non-Muslims (see some of them here). Wegner was so moved by his experiences that in 1933, he asked Adolf Hitler not to repeat history with the Jews. Of course, Wegner was immediately arrested by the Gestapo.
Wegner was not the only witness. An Iranian, Mohammad Ali Jamalzadeh, wrote a diary concerning the "the mass murder and looting of Armenians."
"It's very hard to deny the destruction of the Armenians. It's very hard to explain away the fact that in 1913 there were up to 2 million Armenians living in Turkey in their ancient homeland, and a few years later barely 10 percent of them were left," said Thomas de Waal, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the author of Great Catastrophe: Armenians And Turks In The Shadow Of Genocide.
The word "genocide" was coined by Raphael Lemkin in 1943 specifically in response to the Armenian Genocide, the Holodomor (Ukrainian Genocide), and the in-progress Holocaust.
German President Joachim Gauck, who lived under Nazi and then Soviet control for the first 50 years of his life, used the g-word just yesterday, even though Germany has many Turks who will be upset at his example. He showed true grit investigating Stasi crimes heedless of Left Party leader Gesine Lötzsch calling him a "man of the past" who did not "set a path for the future," with Left Party ghouls being the inheritor of the communist DDR.
President Barack Obama will once again not recognize the Armenian Genocide for what it was, unlike Pope Francis who showed more courage (the Pope said that it was "the first genocide of the 20th century," but the actual first genocide of the 20th century was the creation of concentration camps by Lord Kitchener in 1900-02 during the Second Boer War), the European Parliament which renewed its language of 1987, and French President Francois Hollande who attended the memorial in person. Armenia canonized the victims in what is likely the largest ceremony of its kind in history.
I can think of four reasons why your boss refuses to recognize the mass murder of Armenians, Assyrians, and Greeks as genocide, even on the 100th anniversary of the event.
First, he could be pandering to Turks and Muslims in general, having made a political calculation that their votes outweigh those of Armenians. In fact, there are more Armenians than Turks, but the number of Muslims far outweighs the number of Armenians.
Second, his campaign promise to recognize the Armenian Genocide could have been merely passive-aggressive politics. This is believable especially given the way he did not discuss the creation of special rights for homosexuals, yet one of his first acts in office was to order the military to accept them regardless of the consequences. Defense Secretary Robert Gates noted that the only time he saw "passion" in Obama was during his push to repeal "don't ask, don't tell."
Third, he might have been telling the truth during the early part of his campaign, but similar to how JFK learned that his much-touted "missile gap" was a myth well before entering the White House, Obama was informed that Turkey would not be cooperative in the Middle East with respect to NATO matters after an official genocide recognition. However, Turkey is actively aiding Daesh (see The Last Days of Kobani: A Decisive Battle in the Fight against Islamic State and Video: Turkey "turns blind eye" to border-crossing jihadists), with Turkish President Erdogan believing himself to be the sultan of a reborn Ottoman Empire. Congressman Bill Shuster blathered that an official recognition would risk alienating "one of our last allies in the region who is working hand in hand with U.S. soldiers and our allies to combat ISIS," but in truth, Turkey is vigorously sabotaging U.S. interests. Turkey's refusal to allow Incirlik air base to be used to support the fight against Daesh is a clear violation of Article 5 of the NATO charter, leading to the obvious conclusion that Turkey should be ejected from NATO.
Or fourth, he might be overindulging pampered oil and gas executives who want a piece of the action in Azerbaijan, the country with the 20th largest proven oil reserves and 27th largest proven gas reserves. Poor Armenia possesses zero proven reserves, even though it shares a border with both Azerbaijan and Turkey. Azerbaijan, a close ally of Turkey, might be even more "antigenocide" than Turkey. In 2012, an Azerbaijani officer, Ramil Safarov, savagely murdered an Armenian officer, Gurgen Markarian, in Hungary, but after Hungary sentenced him to a life sentence, it foolishly sent him to Azerbaijan which immediately pardoned him and paraded him around as a national hero.
One of the reasons Turkey has been able to deny its complicity in the atrocities is that, unlike Nazi Germany, it did not keep meticulous records. Another reason is that the survivors, mostly children and females, were forcibly assimilated into Islamic society and given only the first two of the usual three choices for infidels: convert, be killed, or pay the jizya, a tax on non-Muslims. Some of the descendants of those people are only now discovering their true roots (see One Hundred Years of Silence: Turks Slowly Take Stock of Armenian Genocide, Turkey's hidden Armenians search for stolen identity, and Turkey's "Hidden Armenians" Break Silence).
Turkish nationalists ruthlessly defend their position. In 2007, Hrant Dink, a Armenian-Turkish journalist, was assassinated by Turkish nationalists for his writings on the Armenian Genocide. Two years earlier, Dink had been convicted of "insulting Turkishness." In his last article, he presaged his violent fate: "The memory of my computer is filled with angry, threatening lines sent by citizens from this sector."
Staying in the region, the Ottoman Empire's forced assimilation of non-Muslims explains much of the violence in the Balkans after the implosion of Yugoslavia. Many people had converted to Islam, not because they wanted to, but because life would be much easier that way. Not to mention the marriages of Turks and locals, forced or otherwise. That's why we saw ethnically similar people of different religions fighting each other. And it ties in to Syria and Iraq because many Armenians, Assyrians, and Yazidis moved to the area to escape the killing fields of the Ottoman Empire.
"Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?" Hitler rhetorically asked in his Obersalzberg Speech as he launched the industrial-style genocide of European Jews, Slavs, and others with the invasion of Poland in 1939.
Certainly not the Obama administration.