As part of a nation that experienced one of "this century's most terrible genocides" (April 5), we can certainly sympathize and have in the past sympathized with the long-suffering Kurds. It deeply saddens us to point out, however, that 10 years ago, when tens of thousands of Kurds were being gassed to death in northern Iraq, no one, least of all the United States, lifted a finger to help them. Why? At that time, it was more important for the United States government to placate Hussein, then an ally, than it was to help protect the Kurds from the most heinous of crimes against humanity. We should know. Armenians have been subjected to the same treatment, or lack thereof, for decades now, only because it is apparently more important to placate the Turkish government than it is to recognize the Armenian genocide.
Armenian National Committee