WASHINGTON – In a 23 to 22 vote, the House Foreign Relations Committee passed House Resolution 252, officially recognizing Armenian Genocide.
“If we hope to stop future genocides we need to admit to those horrific acts of the past. When Hitler had to convince his cohorts that the world would let them get away with it, he turned to them and said, ‘Who today speaks of the annihilation of the Armenians?’,” said Sherman. “The last act of any genocide is genocide denial, and the first act of preventing the next genocide is to acknowledge past acts of genocide.”
Congressman Sherman believes it is high time that this measure is passed by Congress and that the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s passage of House Resolution 252 on the Armenia genocide is a first and major step toward final passage.
Congressman Sherman is an original cosponsor of the legislation, which acknowledges the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923. Since coming to Congress in 1997, Sherman has co-sponsored every resolution dealing with the issue of the Armenian Genocide. Video of Sherman’s remarks in the House Foreign Affairs Committee is available on his YouTube page, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CE1pcWy55M
During World War I and its aftermath, the Ottoman Empire attempted to destroy the Armenian population of Eastern Anatolia. Congressman Sherman wants Congress to remember this tragic event and formally acknowledge that the Armenian Genocide is a fact. Unfortunately, there are many who deny that this first genocide of the 20th Century actually took place.
Congressman Brad Sherman is the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade. He has served California’s San Fernando Valley in Congress since 1997.