ARMENIAN GENOCIDE; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 152
(House of Representatives - September 12, 2018)

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                              {time}  1945
                           ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

  (Mr. POE of Texas asked and was given permission to address the House 
for 1 minute.)
  Mr. POE of Texas. Mr. Speaker, more than a century ago, one of the 
most horrific genocides in history took place as the world was fixated 
on the Great War raging in Europe.
  The Ottoman Empire and its successor state, the modern Republic of 
Turkey, have always denied the atrocities they committed against the 
Armenian people.
  For too long, our own government has played along with Turkey. We 
have allowed politics to blind us from the mass murder of 1\1/2\ 
million innocent Armenians by the Ottoman Turks. We must officially 
recognize this horrific crime to prevent similar events from occurring 
again. This also means pressuring the Turks to acknowledge their past 
  Turkey, under dictator Erdogan, has proven to be an oppressor of his 
own people. Today, we see him adopt similar brutality against the Kurds 
that was applied to the Armenians more than a century ago.
  This behavior is unacceptable by a NATO member and a supposed 
American ally.
  And that is just the way it is.