US lawmakers take aim at Turkey
General31 October 2019, 16:14 660
Political analysts believe that if this tendency continues, the US may lose its strong ally in the Middle East – Turkey
The US House of Representatives passed a resolution on Tuesday, recognizing the "Armenian genocide". Although the issue has been raised for many years, it had never been accepted by the US House of Representatives up to this point. It is interesting, however, that this time the resolution, passed by a 405-to-11 vote, received bipartisan support. The Turkish government immediately took a strong stance on the matter and underlined that the resolution was "null and void”. So what pushed US lawmakers to pass the so-called legislation?
The resolution of the US House of Representatives on the so-called "Armenian genocide” was almost unanimous, MP, political scientist Hikmet Mammadov told Kaspi newspaper. "Only 11 lawmakers voted against the resolution which proves that it was a calculated step. True, the resolution is not yet legally binding and will come into force only after the Senate and the president approves it. A similar resolution was passed in 1984 but did not come into force. As we know, traditionally, such issues are raised on April 24, artificially create great agitation and have become an instrument of diplomatic pressure against Turkey and its allies. But the truth is Armenians are the ones who have committed genocide against us. In 1915, the Armenians committed genocide against Azerbaijanis, Turks, Circassians, Kurds living in present-day Azerbaijan, in eastern Turkey, as well as our compatriots living in Southern Azerbaijan. A hundred years later, Armenians have twisted these historical facts in their own favor– an indication of how well the agents of today’s system of international relations can manipulate historical events,” he said.
Mammadov noted that we are living in an era of hybrid warfare. "The resolution, passed by the US House legislators, is also an element of diplomatic warfare. Two NATO allies have a conflict of interest in the Middle East and are on the verge of war. Today, are the NATO allies truly equal in rights? From Turkey’s point of view, this is not the case. NATO has a different approach to Turkey’s security issues and acts accordingly to it. In fact, Turkey's admission to NATO was in the interest of its members. Back then, NATO members saw Turkey as a security umbrella. The US House lawmakers are attempting to pressure Ankara into retreating from its decisive position,” the MP added.
According to Chairman of Baku Club of Political Scientists Zaur Mammadov, the House of Representatives passed the resolution on the so-called "Armenian genocide” due to several reasons. "This is, of course, primarily due to the fact that some forces in the US are dissatisfied with Turkey's independent policy. Let us admit that in the 20th century and during the Cold War, Turkey acted as the executor of American and Western interests. Although the US, and NATO have called Turkey their political ally, they always fail to acknowledge it when needed,” he noted.
According to Mammadov, the events in northern Syria and the struggle against terrorism, in general, have shown that Turkey is singled out. "Unlike ever, the US system itself has some inverse proportions. Before, if it was evident that the US lawmakers would not follow through on promises made to Armenians regarding the "genocide” before the presidential and congressional elections, this time there seems to be a disagreement between the US president and Congress. When the Turkish army entered northern Syria, Trump announced that he would withdraw US troops from Syria, while the Congress pressured Turkey. This is not compatible with any political ethics. Everyone knows that no genocide was committed against Armenians in 1915 and that this is a politically motivated decision. In any case, the US must reassess its relations with Turkey after this decision. This approach will draw Turkey closer to China and Russia. In the end, it is almost certain that the losing side will be the United States. If this tendency continues, Washington will lose its political and military allies in the Middle East,” he added.
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