Last Thursday, December 12th, the US Senate unanimously approved a resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide, following the 405-11 recognition in October by the US House. This is a long overdue action recognizing the atrocious mass killing of 1.5 million Armenian people by the Ottoman Empire.
It has been over 100 years since the Armenian Genocide has occurred and the US should join the other 32 nations who have officially offered their recognition. There isn’t anyone left to try or convict, but there is still an opportunity to set the record straight.
I have been recognizing the Armenian Genocide annually ever since I took public office. In 2016, I proposed a resolution that was unanimously approved by the Orange County Board of Supervisors recognizing the Armenian Genocide and the atrocities committed by the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923 starting with state driven pogroms and Sultan Abdul Hamid II’s desire to solve the “Armenian Question” in the preceding decades.
There are still attempts to eradicate entire groups of people in the 21st century and they must be stopped. We have an obligation as stewards of democracy and freedom to prevent these types of atrocities from happening again. I have long been an advocate of recognizing the events of the Armenian Genocide and I am delighted that a united, bipartisan Congress has finally done the right thing.